Listen: Geri Horner releases comeback single inspired by friend George Michael
Geri Horner has released a comeback single in dedication to her late friend George Michael.
The Spice Girls star had been a close friend of the legendary Wham! singer, and has now dedicated her solo comeback to him.
The singer, formerly known as Geri Halliwell, is returning to music for the first time in 12 years.
Her comeback song, Angels in Chains is dedicated to her friend, who she named her second child after.
The emotional song ends with the lyrics: “Looking back the fun that we had / It’s freedom that you gave.
“Say goodbye / You’re a star tonight / It’s time to heal the pain.”
Speaking to ITV’s Lorraine, Geri opened up about her shock at the performer’s death.
Geri said: “When I first heard the sad news of his passing, I was nine months pregnant with my son Monty and I was full of emotions.
“I didn’t know quite what to do with my feelings so I put it in a song, which became Angels in Chains.”
She added: “I feel very blessed to have the opportunity to work on this record with Chris Porter and the same team George had hand picked for his own projects.”
Horner is now set to release her new single two days before what would have been Michael’s 54th birthday.
The Raining Men singer admits she’s nervous about the public reaction to the musical tribute.
She continued: “I didn’t know what to do because George wasn’t my immediate family.
“I was a friend a fan – didn’t know what to do with all my feelings.
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“So just wrote a song and submitted to record company. They wanted to release it.
“It made me scared because I was vulnerable. What would people think?”
The singer previously wept as she described her “love” for the singer in the wake of his death.
She told This Morning presenters Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield: “I absolutely loved him.
“When I left the Spice Girls, he took me under his wing.
“He was such a lovely person, and suddenly I had a baby. It’s the circle of life, you just don’t expect it.”