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George Michael's impromptu press conference on health

George Michael returned home to London this afternoon, December 23, and called the press to his house for an impromptu press conference regarding his recovery and health. 

The icon was admitted to hospital back in November for pneumonia and was so ill that he had to cancel the entire remainder of his Symphonica tour. He was finally discharged from the Austrian facility yesterday and spoke to the media today about his harrowing experience and described himself as "a new man":

"I feel amazing, I mean I'm very weak but feel amazing. They spent three weeks keeping me alive. I don't want to take you through all of it because I want to protect my family."

Although the singer didn't go into detail about the severity of his conditon, he explained that November was "by far the worst month of my life but I'm incredibly fortunate to be here".

"The hospital in austria they rushed me to was absolutely the best place in the world I could have been. Somebody still thinks I've got some work to do here," he said. "I've been so lucky - I still have plenty to live for. I have an amazing, amazing life. If I wasn't spiritual enough over the past 4 or 5 weeks I certainly am now."




When asked about his plans for the cancelled Symphonica dates, a visibly emotional Michael added: "The plan is to play to every single person who had a ticket. I would also like to play one other show to the doctors fom the hospital in Austria for saving my life."

Watch his performance of 'You Have Been Loved' from London's Royal Albert Hall in October below: