George Michael’s late sister Melanie Panayiotou rushed to the defence of the memory of her brother just weeks before her own death.
Melanie, 55, spoke to The Big Issue after Elton John told Sharon Osbourne George was “so uncomfortable in his skin about being gay” on US TV.
Speaking on American chat show The Talk to Sharon, Sir Elton said: “I remember talking to you the day he died on Christmas Day.
“And I phoned you and I was in Aspen and Ozzy got on the phone and he said, "He didn't want to be here."
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'And I thought that's the most succinct apt thing: ‘he didn't want to be here’.
“He was so uncomfortable in his skin about being gay even though he said he wasn’t.”
Shutting down the Elton’s claim, Melanie told The Big Issue that George was “very proud to be gay, contrary to what you may have read recently.”
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Melanie passed away on Christmas Day this year – exactly three years to day that the Freedom singer was found dead at his home in Goring by boyfriend Fadi Fawaz.
In a statement to the Mirror, the Metropolitan Police said: "Police were called by London Ambulance Service at approximately 19:35hrs on Wednesday, 25 December to reports of the sudden death of a woman, aged in her 50s, at an address in Oak Hill Park, NW3.
"The death is not being treated as suspicious by police.
George Michael's sister hits back at claims he was 'uncomfortable' being gay
"A report will be compiled for the Coroner into the circumstances."
An open letter penned by George’s sisters Melanie, Yioda and close friends Jack and David was posted on his official on December 23.
The letter thanked fans for their support over a difficult 2019 and reminded people to tell each other they love them.
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