I can't bear Catholicism.

In terms of my work, I've never been reticent in terms of defining my sexuality. I write about my life.

I used to believe that George Michael was a total actor. It was self-defeating, because it made me also feel fraudulent.

Celebrity and secrets don't go together. The bastards will get you in the end.

I'm the luckiest writer on earth.

I have no belief in The Bible or religion, but I think Armageddon was a lucky guess. I honestly think it's going to happen.

The '90s were a bit of a disaster for me in so many ways. On a personal level, I don't think I could have toured. Also, I had some physical problems with my back that are now sorted and I just wasn't in the right state of mind.

There is no such thing as a reluctant star.

I've never done anything so political before. I've spent years shouting my mouth off about serious issues over dinner tables but never really had the confidence to express my views in a song.

The truth is my love life has been a lot more turbulent than I have let on.

I am really not interested or excited by repeating former successes.

Even though it's become a really cliched thing to see musicians working for charity, it's still effective and it still has to be done.

I do want people to know that the songs that I wrote when I was with women were really about women. And the songs that I've written since have been fairly obvious about men.

You can't have a child just to keep a relationship together, can you?

I watch people who are not driven by creativity any more, and I think how dull it must be to produce the same kind of thing. If you don't feel you're reaching something new, then don't do it.

Stars are almost always people that want to make up for their own weaknesses by being loved by the public and I'm no exception to that.

I try very hard to thank my lucky stars and keep it all in proportion and perspective, but it can be very tiring having a smiley face all day.

Is my body a temple, or is my life a temple? I'm definitely in the latter category, and I think my life has been better since thinking that way.

I don't really have any traits that I deplore. I get annoyed with myself sometimes, but that's about it.

I have never felt any ethnic connection between the Greeks and me other than how hairy I am.

I'm not anti-American. I've lived with Kenny, a Texan, for six years.

I spent years growing up being told what my sexuality was.

With pop stars or film stars, we become the object of people's self-definition, as well as the object of sexual definition.

I want to make a pop album - something more upbeat than my stuff was in the '90s.

Of course, I want to sell this record - there's no point making it otherwise.

I knew, regardless of anything else, singing in front of an orchestra was going to be inspirational. It would feed me.

A lot of people like me, who've been around for years and years and years, only really lose it in their forties and fifties.

Deep down, my ego always thought that I would outlast a lot of people that I was competing against.

Everything was going my way. I was happily marching into the history books. Then it all just fell apart.

I've achieved what every artist wants, which is that some of their work will outlive them.

I know that I sound self-satisfied, and I know that I've got an ego, but I don't have an ego problem.

I mean, I've done different things at different times that I shouldn't have done, once or twice, you know.

When you are trying to express things with metaphors and much more subtlety, that's when you are doing yourself a disservice by making a video.

If I can just live further from the spotlight I think that'll be better for all really.

I had to walk away from America, and say goodbye to the biggest part of my career, because I knew otherwise my demons would get the better of me.

I never minded being thought of as a pop star. People have always thought I wanted to be seen as a serious musician, but I didn't, I just wanted people to know that I was absolutely serious about pop music.

I'm 10-12 years into life as an out gay man, and I'm a different person. I think there are things about my journey that might be useful to other people, and coming up with a hit record on its own doesn't seem to be enough anymore.

I realised those things my ego needed - fame and success - were going to make me terribly unhappy. So I wrenched myself away from that. I had to. I had to walk away from America and say goodbye to the biggest part of my career because I knew, otherwise, my demons would get the better of me.

I really have no plans for any kind of career in TV or anything, but if I wanted to become good at it, I could. But I don't really think it's in the cards.

It's absolutely essential that we have the same safeguards that straight couples do. But I want more than a 50 percent chance of success. I don't want to emulate that.

It's only when the kids are in their late twenties that families really face up to what they are.

I write about my life.

I went to prison, I paid my bill.

I still believe that music is one of the greatest gifts that God gave to man.

I had been obsessed with insects and creepy-crawlies: I used to get up at five o'clock in the morning and go out into this field behind our garden and collect insects before everyone else got up, and suddenly, all I wanted to know about was music. It just seemed a very, very strange thing.

I'm not a novelty act from the '80s in most parts of the world.

You'll never find peace of mind until you listen to your heart.

The first sign of real obsession with music was with an old wind-up gramophone that mum had thrown out into the garage. My parents gave me three old 45s - two Supremes records and one Tom Jones record - and I used to come home from school literally every day, go out to the garage, wind this thing up, and play them.

I define my sexuality in terms of the people that I love.