Pop star George Michael has released a statement saying that he is not getting special treatment in prison.

The gay singer is currently serving a short sentence for crashing his car while under the influence of cannabis after London Pride in July.

He was recently moved from the Category C Pentonville Prison in north London to the lower Category D Highpoint Prison in Suffolk.

The former Wham! singer, 47, said he released the statement to counter the “usual rubbish” he had been reading about himself.

Michael said: “Much as I would prefer to rise above the usual rubbish that I’m reading day after day about my time here in prison, I think it’s only fair to my fans, family and friends to respond in some way even though I will be home soon.

“So please believe me when I tell you that in the last three weeks, there have been no tears, no anxiety, no bullying – in fact, not so much as a sleepless night for me.”

He continued: “On the contrary, I’ve been treated with kindness by fellow inmates and prison staff alike and, as far as I can tell, have received no special treatment of any kind whatsoever, unless, of course, some of the guys here are letting me win at the pool table.

“Most of my days have been spent reading thousands of letters and post cards of incredible support from people around the world. I promise to repay their kindness with new music as soon as I possibly can.”