George Michael Comes Home A 'New Man'
Singer thanks doctors as he arrives home after battling pneumonia...
George Michael has arrived home after being discharged from the Vienna hospital where he was treated for severe pneumonia.
The 48-year-old singer spoke to reporters outside his London home and said the experience had made him a "new man".
"I feel amazing. I mean, I'm very weak but I feel amazing," he said. "I got streptagotta-something - it was a form of pneumonia and they basically spent three weeks keeping me alive.
"I don't want to take you through all of it because some of it I want to protect my family from, but it was by far the worst month of my life."
George said it had been "touch and go for a couple of weeks" but that the severity of his condition had been played down in order not to worry fans.
He also revealed that doctors at the AKH clinic in Austria had been forced to perform a tracheotomy to help with his breathing.
Asked what kept him going through the illness, the former Wham! star said: "My family, and the thought of all the people I still have to play to.
"The fact I've been so lucky and the fact that I still have plenty to live for - I have this amazing, amazing life and if I wasn't spiritual enough before the last four or five weeks then I certainly am now."
Michael insisted he would play to all those who bought tickets to his cancelled gigs, as well as adding a show for the doctors who saved his life.
He added: "I really from the bottom of my heart thank everyone for sending messages, and everyone in that ICU unit who saved my life."
We're glad to hear he's feeling better. Merry Christmas George!