The Straits Times
Published on Sep 30, 2012

'Major anxiety' sees George Michael cancel Aussie tour


SYDNEY (AFP) - British pop singer George Michael cancelled his Australian tour on Sunday revealing that he was battling "major anxiety" after a severe bout of pneumonia that he says almost killed him.

The 49-year-old said he was heartbroken to have to cancel the Australian leg of his current Symphonica tour, which was postponed last year due to his pneumonia and was due to kick off in Perth on Nov 10.

"Since last year's illness I have tried in vain to work my way through the trauma that the doctors who saved my life warned me I would experience," Michael said in a statement from his promoters.

"I was wrong to think I could work my way through the major anxiety that has plagued me since I left Austria last December. "As soon as I complete these shows here in the UK I will receive the treatment which is so long overdue."