Sexy singer George Michael's hatred of fame and gruelling promotional work has driven him to quit the music industry for the next ten years.

The former Wham! star detested travelling around Europe to promote his latest album OLDER, and has decided to retire for a decade while he reassesses his career.

He explains, "That's the plan for the next ten years. If I can take another step down from fame and still make music for people who love it, I will. It's been like pulling teeth, some of the promotional work I do in Europe.

"It's soul-destroying beyond belief. If I could stay at home and watch an album go to number one without ever having to promote it, that would be a dream come true."

25/11/2004 02:08