George Michael’s family banned Fadi Fawaz from Christmas Day memorial
Fadi Fawaz was banned from a memorial at the grave of his late partner George Michael, according to reports.
Fawaz spoke of his heartache a year on from Michael’s sudden death in an emotional Instagram post.
The fine art photographer, 44, found the singer dead in bed on Christmas Day 2016.
A family friend told the Daily Star: “He wasn’t welcome at the funeral, so he isn’t wanted at this.
“It’s being seen by his family as a very personal pilgrimage to pay their respects and they don’t want anyone else involved, even Fadi.
“The bitterness the family feel is the main reason they don’t want to see him.
“Things are unlikely to stay civil if he dares show up.”
It’s reported the family have offered Fawaz the £5m Regent’s Park home in a bid to stop him writing a tell-all book.
A source told The Sun: “George’s relatives decided a good option is to keep Fadi happy by offering him the house.
“They want him to agree to it and keep quiet about George’s death.”
Fawaz posted an emotional tribute to Instagram recalling the day, as he spoke of leaving London to escape memories of the star.
“I will always miss you till the day I meet you,” read the opening line.
“It is what it is” Fadi wrote in the caption alongside it.
Speaking to the Sunday Mirror Fawaz revealed he has left London for Christmas – haunted by the reminders of his time with Michael.
He was said to be “wounded” with grief and headed off to the countryside.
He said: “I will be spending Christmas in the countryside with some friends. I can’t stand all the Christmas trees or lights around London.
“It makes me so sad, I just want it over and done with.”
And of the prospect of finding love again, he added sadly: “There will never be anyone ever again, that is the truth.”
He also vowed to never speak of the day he found the star dead.
He went on: “I don’t think I want another wound in my body. I don’t see the point in telling the worst day of my life to the world. George was one of a kind, I have lost a unique man.”
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Michael’s sisters Melanie and Yioda and their dad Jack said issued a statement calling on fans to celebrate his life a year on.
“This Christmas will be hard without him, but we know that we are not alone in our mourning the anniversary of his loss,” they said in a statement.
“Christmas is not always easy, life isn’t perfect and families are complicated.
“So if you can, in his memory this year, take a moment and a deep breath and say those ‘I love yous’ out loud.”