POP star George Michael has asked for an interview in which he discusses his fears of having HIV to be removed from a BBC programme.
The BBC has confirmed the interview will no longer feature in the upcoming documentary, Steph
en Fry: HIV and Me.
Michael’s former partner, Anselmo Feleppa, died of an Aids-related illness in 1995.
“On reflection, he felt it was too close and too personal a journey,” said a spokesman for the singer (44).
He added: “It was too personal for Anselmo’s family to revisit.”
When the documentary was launched in July, the BBC revealed details of Michael’s interview.
“George says he does not believe in tests,” said producer Ross Wilson.
“He says he finds the wait for results too harrowing and that he hasn’t had a test since at least 2004 due to his fears it might be positive.”
The two-part programme will examine how HIV is spreading and show Fry taking an HIV test himself.
Michael is still set to appear in this year’s festive edition of Catherine Tate’s BBC comedy programme.
In June, he became the first singer to perform at the new Wembley Stadium, nearly seven years after the last concert at the London venue.
One day before the gig, he was sentenced to 100 hours of community service and banned from driving for two years after pleading guilty to driving while unfit.
The star blamed “tiredness and prescribed drugs” for the offence. — BBC News.