GettyImages.com June 21, 2011 8:00 PM
After living through a tumultuous decade, which included arrests for DUI and crack possession, George Michael finally decided he was ready to turn things around. In May 2011, he held a press conference announcing his intention to release a new album and to apologize to the gay community for his past behavior. "I have a serious problem with the fact that every time I made a mistake and every time I let myself down that I was letting young gay kids down," he said. "Because they would then witness the homophobia that is thrown at me and the language that we use in this country. There are things I want to do with my next album to make up for the damage that I have inadvertently caused by making myself so newsworthy and putting myself on the back foot enough that I couldn't defend gay children from some of that language."