Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

George I'll Be Following Sir Elton Down the Aisle; Singer and His Boyfriend Kenny Will Have Civil Marriage Soon after Superstar Weds Lover David

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

George I'll Be Following Sir Elton Down the Aisle; Singer and His Boyfriend Kenny Will Have Civil Marriage Soon after Superstar Weds Lover David

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Byline: PATRICK SAWER

GEORGE MICHAEL is to marry his long-term partner, he has revealed.

The singer said he and Kenny Goss, his lover of nine years, hope to hold a small, private ceremony sometime early in the New Year, after gay civil partnerships become legal in Britain next month.

He said: "I'm sure Kenny and I will be doing the old legal thing, but we won't be doing the whole veil and gown thing. It'll be relatively soon after it comes in, probably early next year."

Michael, 42, who was speaking after the premiere last night of a new documentary about his career, has also signalled the end of his feud with Sir Elton John following one of the most public pop rows of recent years.

He said he would attend the civil partnership ceremony of Sir Elton and David Furnish next month, one of the first following the introduction of the Civil Partnership Act.

Michael fell out with Sir Elton after he implied Michael's career was suffering as a result of personal issues and that he needed to "get out more".

He responded by writing an open letter to his former friend, claiming Sir Elton knew nothing about his private life. Michael said: "All is forgiven now." He added: "I wished I hadn't written him that public letter either, but I was incredibly hurt.

"I think he was having a bad day and he said some stuff he shouldn't have.

We still haven't really talked abut it but we are friends again. We had dinner with some friends.

There was a lot of bitching going on round that table that night. But we are friends again now and I'm looking forward to his wedding." In the film George Michael: A Different Story, Sir Elton speaks of how Goss must provide the same support to Michael as Furnish does for him.

But Michael said his own "marriage" would be a "small, private ceremony", adding: "We'll probably do it here, not abroad. …

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