Gay singer George Michael’s partner has called off their civil partnership amid tabloid claims last weekend that the star was cruising on Hampstead Heath.

The News of the World published a series of photographs of the star which they claim prove that he was illegally having sex in a public place.

The photographs they published both in print and on their website simply show him walking to his car through Hampstead Heath. The newspaper also printed photographs of a 58-year-old unemployed van driver who they claim the star had sex with.

A source told the Daily Mail that Michael and his boyfriend Kenny Goss are “reassessing” their relationship.”

“There are no immediate plans. Things are very much up in the air.”

Earlier this year the artist revealed plans for a civil partnership on the Parkinson Show, he said: “I think that we will formalise it definitely from a legal point of view.

“It’s absolutely essential that we have the same safeguards that straight couples do. But I want more than a 50% chance of success. I don’t want to emulate that.

“We’ll probably do it on our 10th anniversary. We’ll probably do the formal legal thing then the party.

“But no-one is going to be getting into a dress. Neither of us have the body for it now.”

He recently announced plans for his first international tour for 15 years.