Goodbye to George

George Michael has finally been laid to rest today alongside his beloved mum.

Guests at the intimate ceremony included George’s partner Fadi Fawaz – last to arrive after being told it was taking place earlier this afternoon – and the singer’s former flame Kenny Goss.

Last month the Sun exclusively revealed Fadi had been banned from attending by George’s family, but it appears tensions have since softened.

Former Spandau Ballet star Martin Kemp was seen arriving at Highgate Cemetery for the funeral, which was attended by just a few close friends and family.

A statement shared by George’s publicist said: “We can confirm that the funeral of the singer George Michael took place today.

“Family and close friends gathered for the small, private ceremony to say goodbye to their beloved Son, Brother and Friend.

“George Michael’s family would like to thank his fans across the world for their many messages of love and support.”

George’s boyfriend Fadi Fawaz, 43 – who discovered George dead on Christmas Day – attended the ceremony despite tensions with his family.

Earlier in the day he was spotted strolling around nearby Camden, but it is believed he bumped into someone who told him about the funeral.

That allowed him to rush home, get changed and jump in a taxi which got him to the cemetery at 2pm, making him one of the last guests to arrive.

The private funeral was protected by tight security, including black tarpaulin covering the cemetery’s iron gates.

George’s close pal supermodel Kate Moss was seen outside his home earlier wearing predominantly black this afternoon, leading fans to believe she may have attended the pop star’s funeral.

But despite being a friend and neighbour of the singer, it later turned out that she visited a restaurant.

There was no hearse and the body of the 53-year-old singer is believed to have arrived in a private ambulance.

Supermodel Kate was pictured leaving her London home for the cemetery earlier this afternoon.

Spandau Ballet’s Martin Kemp and his kids Harley Moon and Roman, who are George’s godchildren, were also due to attend.

His 80-year-old dad Kyriacos, two sisters Melanie and Panayiota, and his cousins will be hosting a wake afterwards at George’s house in Hampstead, north London, less than a mile from the cemetery.

The funeral has been delayed for so long because of toxicology tests being carried out.
But the results found that George died of natural causes.

A private service for the 53-year-old was held in a tiny 30-seat chapel in Highgate West Cemetery, North London.

The chapel has an azure-blue dome ceiling decorated with white vine sculptures and elaborate stained glass windows, built in 1839.

It lies just 250 yards from where George has been buried alongside his beloved mother Lesley Angold, who died of cancer aged 59 in 1997.

The singer is said to have been dressed in his favourite suit and shirt from his final tour and his gold Cartier watch.

Ahead of the service, a source told The Sun on Sunday: “The funeral is going to be a very small, private gathering.

“The chapel only seats 30 so, apart from family, there won’t be many others there.

“The details are a closely-guarded secret. Most guests will be told what’s going on a few hours beforehand.

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