George Michael's sister disputes the claim made by Elton John that her late brother was "uncomfortable" with being gay.
Elton made the accusation during a recent appearance with Sharon Osbourne on CBS's The Talk. But Melanie Panayiotou tells the British magazine The Big Issue that George "was my very proud to be gay brother, contrary to what you may have read recently."
Michael's Wham! bandmate Andrew Ridgeley seems to back Elton's contention in his new memoir. Ridgeley writes that the "façade" of heterosexuality was a burden on George, who refused to disclose that he was gay until the late 1990s for fear it would damage his career. (Daily Mail)