In shades, a leather jacket and skull-shaped belt buckle, veteran pop star George Michael commanded the world's attention when he sang his hit "Freedom 90" at Sunday's Olympics Closing Ceremony in London.
And to that, Michael says, "Fuck off."
The singer took his Twitter feed on Tuesday to answer his critics. In his first tweet, Michael writes, "Morning everyone! Had a GREAT time at the closing! I hope you are not bothered by the press reports of my scandalous 'promotion' !!!"
A second dispatch then reads, "Please join me in telling them to fuck off ! It was my one chance on tv to thank you all for your loyalty and prayers, and I took it. X"
He signs off with a third tweet: " And I don't regret it. Xxxx"
Michael's Olympics performance was his first since suffering a serious bout of pneumonia last year. "White Light," a single released in conjunction with Michael's 30th anniversary in the business, is about the near-death experience.
The song has been met with mixed reaction from the music press. NME writes, "‘White Light’ could do for George what ‘Believe’ did for Cher -- make him cool again for five minutes before relegating him to a life in Vegas."