George Michael's WHAM! bandmate Andrew Ridgeley will write about their friendship in new book

Must See 15/03/2019

Former WHAM! singer Andrew Ridgeley has announced plans to release a new book titled 'George & Me', documenting their rise to fame and huge success, as well as their farewell gig at London's Wembley Stadium in 1986.

Before forming WHAM! in the early 80s, George and Andrew were schoolmates, so they knew each other well - Andrew will delve into this friendship in the new book.

Upon George's death on Christmas Day 2016, Andrew said: "I cried like I'd never cried before," and later paid an emotional tribute to George with their former backing singers Pepsi and Shirlie at the Brit Awards in 2017.

"A supernova in a firmament of shining stars had been extinguished and it felt like the sky had fallen in. It started out ordinarily enough. In 1975 we were two boys who happened to share a mutual sense of humour, a love of life-affirming music, the artists and record it gave birth to, and a shared sense that we understood it."

Andrew's publisher Louise Moore said that he "is the only man who can tell this story. It's a memoir of love, friendship and music. When I first heard about this, I just wanted to publish this book and bring the story to all those millions of fans. It’s a delight and a privilege to work with Andrew and we are incredibly excited about publication."

'George and Me' is due out on on October 3, 2019.