George Michael reportedly checks himself into rehab

on Thu, 06/18/2015 - 14:45
George Michael

Popstar George Michael has reportedly checked himself into an exclusive addiction clinic in Switzerland.

The 51-year-old singer was seen enjoying a drink outside a restaurant in Zurich last weekend in a rare public appearance. It has now been claimed he checked into the £190,000-a-month Kusnacht Practice in nearby town of Zollikon, which helps patients with drink and drug problems.

Michael - real name Georgios Panayiotou - was once said to have smoked cannabis 25 times a day and has been arrested a number of times for drugs offences. He is now thought to be staying at the clinic, which uses 'psychotherapy, massage, yoga and spiritual counselling' as part of its treatment.

Friends have meanwhile told of their worries for the former Wham star and wished him a "speedy recovery". Friend Jake Panayiotou told The Sun: "He's not well... we're just wishing for him to get better."

Michael's agent said last night that the treatment was part of an "extended break" on the continent. She confirmed: "Contrary to some of the reports in the press, George has not just entered rehab but is spending time in Europe. He is well and enjoying an extended break."

As well as alcohol and drug addictions, the clinic treats eating disorders, gambling compulsivity, depression, trauma and internet compulsivity.

Michael has rarely been seen in public in recent months and it was claimed last year that he only allows his best friend and co-writer David Austin to visit him at his North London mansion.