George Michael says he is no longer using cannabis and instead prefers watching episodes of Coronation Street.
“I decided to change my life and I haven’t touched it,” the gay singer told the Big Issue magazine.
The Wham! star received an eight-week prison sentence in 2010 after pleading guilty to driving under the influence of drugs, following an incident where he crashed his car into a photo shop in London.
“Jail wasn’t great. I just thought, get your head down and get on with it. It turned out to be easier than I was expecting because I knew I deserved to be there,” he said.
“It was very frightening… I was just so grateful to come out alive,” said the singer, who added it was “a pretty horrible experience”.
The star said he was now living a much more sedate lifestyle and enjoyed watching ITV soap Coronation Street.
“I watch Corrie especially because it’s more of a laugh. Even when life is tragic on Coronation Street, it’s still funny,” he said.
But he criticised EastEnders’ for its treatment of gay characters.
He said: “I hope for their sakes and the sake of gay kids in this country, regardless of their cultural background, that EastEnders gets a clue and begins to acknowledge their responsibility and provide us with gay characters that have no reason to live in fear. We do exist.”