Life’s sweet for George Michael as he looks forward to freedom and new start

George Michael celebrated his release from prison today by tucking into sweets and “good food” after arriving home.

The singer, 47, was freed from Highpoint Prison in Suffolk after serving half of an eight-week sentence for crashing his Range Rover while high on cannabis.

Speaking outside his home in Highgate the former Wham! star, real name Georgios Panayiotou, told reporters: “I just want to start again. You’re going to be seeing a lot more from me. I’m not going to be running away any more.”

He added: “Oh, by the way, I’ve just thought of a really good song. It’s gonna be nothing to do with prison.”

Michael arrived home at 10.30am with his boyfriend Kenny Goss in a grey chauffeur-driven Range Rover.

Goss left the house two hours later. He said the singer was “really happy” and that it was “good to have him home”.

“We’re really glad he’s back,” he said. Asked what the first thing Michael had done since his release, Goss added: “He’s had some really good sweets and sugar and good food. He’s really happy.”

Michael smiled at waiting photographers as he hurried inside and emerged later to answer questions. Three security guards stood outside before his return, and staff carried two black holdall bags into the house.

Michael was jailed on September 14 after he admitted at Highbury Corner magistrates’ court driving while unfit through drugs and possessing two cannabis cigarettes. He crashed his Range Rover into a branch of Snappy Snaps photo shop in Hampstead. He wept as a judge branded him a drug addict.

The singer was moved to Highpoint, a category C prison where Moors Murderer Myra Hindley served the last three years of her life sentence, from Pentonville last month.

In a statement released while he was in prison, he said that he been treated with kindness by staff and inmates with “no tears, no anxiety, no bullying”.

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