Criticisms against Kenny Goss’ series of interviews with The Sun continue to build up, as media outlets reported on the growing backlash from George Michael’s fans.
Mirror Online wrote that George Michael fans criticize Kenny Goss for revealing secrets of the singer’s private family funeral. It said that some fans feel that Kenny had “betrayed” their idol by sharing too much about the late star and for revealing intimate details about the star’s private life.
One comment that Mirror Online cited describes Kenny’s action as selling out:
“Bit sad that Kenny Goss has sold out to The Sun with stories after George’s death”
Intelligent Gossip was the first to report about the sell out of Kenny Goss.
The Daily Star echoed the same sentiments, reporting that Kenny Goss angered fans by blurting out his secrets and details about the star’s private life. According to the newspaper, “fans are furious with Kenny for going against family wishes and spilling the beans.” Some of the comments that the Daily Star highlights are:
“Kenny Goss doing the dirty on ‘soulmate’ George Michael.”
“Kenny Goss how could you.”
“Shame on Kenny Goss trying to gain second hand fame. The family wanted a private service.”
Some comments even describe Kenny as a “leech,” such as this one posted in The Sun:
“Kenny Goss the magnificent hidden leech continues to build his fake image of the long suffering loyal, selfless partner. Oh yes those arrests. Good for Goss the Sun is too stupid to include some basic psychology about the sort of relationship that spawned GM’s behaviour.”
“Wonder what’s really going on in Goss’ head with him exploiting GM’s embarrassing moments and experiences that he had to publicly endure. He is dead so is the spite useful?”
“And of course it’s in the name of mental health education and supposed love. Or is it really because he thought he didn’t get his fair share? The other leech Fadi got all the attention when GM died so Goss needs to remind him who is the better leech I guess.”
The late George Michael’s former partner Kenny Goss gave a series of interviews with The Sun about the late singer resulting in six (6) stories, as follows:
- I FLUSHED GEORGE’S DRUGS DOWN THE LOO: George Michael’s soulmate Kenny Goss reveals he flushed star’s hard drugs down the loo to try to end crippling addiction
- INSIDE STAR’S SEND-OFF: George Michael’s ex Kenny Goss reveals late Fadi Fawaz delayed star’s funeral as he opens up about emotional farewell
- AT HOME WITH GEORGE: George Michael’s ex-lover Kenny Goss reveals how late singer watched Corrie in his pyjamas, drank PG Tips and loved Ben and Jerry’s
- ‘DRINK DRIVING, DARLING?’ ‘IF ONLY!‘ George Michael’s soulmate Kenny Goss reveals all on singer’s notorious arrest for sex act in LA toilet
- GEORGE’S GENEROUS HEART George Michael ‘gave more than £10m to charity’ during their 15-year relationship says soul-mate Kenny Goss
- KENNY ON GEORGE’S FLINGS George Michael’s ex Kenny Goss reveals pair had open relationship – and star even shared stories of his lovers
In a chat with his fans on Instagram, Kenny defended his action to sell his stories to the Sun. He explained that he has spoken out about his former partner George Michael in a bid to raise awareness for his charity. The charity is currently raising funds for a wide variety of endeavors, such as UNICEF, MTV Staying Alive, North Texas Food Bank, Planned Parenthood: Greater Texas, and The Family Place.
It remains to be seen how the backlash of Kenny Goss selling out to The Sun will impact The Goss-Michael Foundation, the charity that he co-founded with George. Despite all the publicity, online crowdfunding has raised only a paltry sum of $1,900 as of this writing (this does not include fees from the interviews).
He also felt that he would not have disappointed George by talking to The Sun; after all, he did not reveal anything new:
“I don’t think I would have disappointed George at all. Maybe I am wrong. He asked me to help people as a mission in life. With MTV Staying Alive alone we have raised $12 million. I told everyone something they already new (sic) about us.”
“I said nothing that the entire world probably did not know.”
Kenny also appeared on the television show This Morning to discuss his life with George Michael:
In the interview, Kenny revealed that he regrets opening up about George Michael’s drug use, saying:
I kind of wish I hadn’t said that in the interview the other day.
You know how you’re in an interview and you say something and it sounds okay when you say it but now it has been used against me.
One sticking point with the fans was his choice of publication to run the interviews. George Michael has previously claimed that The Sun’s owner Rupert Murdoch have tried to destroy him.
News International's targets to have genuinely benefitted from Murdoch's attempts to destroy me.
— George Michael (@GeorgeMichael) July 11, 2011
George also complained that the “Murdoch rags referred to me as ‘poof’ and ‘pervert’ several times.”
Forget that the Murdoch rags referred to me as 'poof' and 'pervert' several times in response to my campaign against the bombing of Iraq….
— George Michael (@GeorgeMichael) May 15, 2011
As such, fans felt that Kenny going to The Sun was a betrayal to George. Kenny refuted this charge and explained that George Michael:
“… He could have cared less if it was the Sun. They paid the most money. I would never betray him.”
George Michael’s close friend and former WHAM! bandmate Shirlie Kemp spoke up and said that it has “been a very sad week and so hurtful for @GeorgeMichael family, friends and fans.”
It's been a very sad week and so hurtful for @GeorgeMichael family, friends and fans, he would appreciate, all that matters is his music!
— Shirlie Kemp (@Shirliekemp) May 13, 2017
Fans rallied around Shirlie thanking her for speaking out, with one saying “It’s good to know where the family and personal friends stand on this dreadful tabloid gossip.”
(Article updated on May 14, 2017)