Fans watching the Olympics closing ceremonies on Sunday night saw George Michael perform his smash hit "Freedom 90." But those watching in England and elsewhere also saw George sing another tune -- his brand new single, "White Light." Now, he's defending himself against those who've accused him of using the Olympics to promote his new material, and others who insist he should have performed one of his classic hits instead.
Writing on Twitter Tuesday, George said, "Morning everyone! Had a GREAT time at the closing! I hope you are not bothered by the press reports of my scandalous 'promotion' !!!"
He added, "Please join me in telling them to f**k off ! It was my one chance on tv to thank you all for your loyalty and prayers, and I took it. And I don't regret it. Xxxx."
George was referring to the fact that "White Light" was inspired by his near-death experience last year while battling pneumonia. It was his first major appearance since his recovery. The live performance of the song is featured on the newly-released soundtrack of the closing ceremony, A Symphony of British Music.
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