‘Nobody had ever been willing to move so slowly’: Brooke Shields thought George Michael was in ‘love’ with her during their brief relationship.
Brooke Shields believed she’d found true love when she dated singer George Michael in the Eighties. The 49-year old actress made the revelations in her new book, There Was A Little Girl: The Real Story Of My Mother And Me, and said she was impressed with how ‘patient’ he was when it came to sex.
‘Nobody had ever been willing to move so slowly. It must be love,’ Brooke writes in her autobiography.
Brooke Shield has said she thought George Michael was in love with her during their brief romance because ‘nobody had ever been willing to move so slowly’ Still a virgin at the time she explains in her book that she found him to be ‘a remarkable, respectful and patient gentleman who was obviously aware of my hesitance regarding sex.’
The pair dated briefly in 1985 with their first date taking place on the rooftop of a hotel in Chicago. She writes: ‘He left without even trying to kiss me. I was so touched by what a real gentleman he was.’ The two of them went on a few more dates before parting. He ultimately revealed he was gay in 1998 after he was arrested for lewd behaviour in a public toilet in Beverly Hills.
In 2004 he spoke to GQ about his relationships with women during his time in Wham!: ‘I used to sleep with women quite a lot in the Wham! days but never felt it could develop into a relationship because I knew that, emotionally, I was a gay man.’
‘I didn’t want to commit to them but I was attracted to them. Then I became ashamed that I might be using them.’
“I’d rather have a short life and not have to go through being torn apart again.”
When I walk into a restaurant I check out the women before the men, because they’re more glamorous. If I wasn’t with Kenny, I would have sex with women, no question.
I used to sleep with women quite a lot in the Wham! days but never felt it could develop into a relationship because I knew that, emotionally, I was a gay man.
I didn’t want to commit to them but I was attracted to them. Then I became ashamed that I might be using them.
He also confesses to having had a secret crush on Madonna “during her chubby years” and recalls their first meeting alone. “I felt she was really trying to suss out whether I would go for it or not.” He bends double with an expression of mock excruciation. “God, I’ve never told anyone this before! “But I was only 23 and was really intimidated because I felt like she was coming onto me and although I thought that she was sexy, she was just too powerful for me at that stage.
She’s very strong. Her sexuality is hers, it’s not for men, and I had a feeling it would be sex of an intensity that would feel like I was with a man. I don’t know why. Maybe I should have tried it!”
Anselmo (his then boy friend) had a strict Catholic upbringing and to this day, the effect it had on his life is something that leaves a bitter taste in George’s mouth: “I can’t bear Catholicism. One of the most heartbreaking things I ever saw was when I went into Anselmo’s room one afternoon and he was sitting there in bed with his prayer cards. I just thought to myself, ‘Please don’t tell me you think you’re going to hell.’ It makes me so angry and I sincerely hope he didn’t fear that.”