Next year 'will be full of great new music' from Michael

Next year 'will be full of great new music' from Michael

George Michael will release new music in 2013.

The 'Careless Whisper' hitmaker - who battled a bout of potentially-fatal pneumonia last year - took to Twitter yesterday after fans expressed concern that the normally-prolific user hadn't posted since mid-October and reassured them he was feeling very well and is excited for the coming year.

The 49-year-old star took a break from celebrating with partner Fadi Fawaz to write: "Hey everyone. Belated Happy Xmas. Sorry you haven't heard from your favourite singing greek for so long.

"You needn't worry, I'm doing great. Feeling so much better than I was.

"Must get back to my party, but looking forward to a great 2013, I promise it will be full of great new music, huge Xmas hug to you all. (sic)"

In September, George announced he was axing a string of Australian tour dates scheduled for November in order to receive treatment for "major anxiety" following his traumatic battle with pneumonia late last year.

In a statement, he said: "I have today announced the cancellation of the shows in Australia which breaks my heart.

"By way of explanation all I can say at this time is that since last year's illness I have tried in vain to work my way through the trauma that the doctors who saved my life warned me I would experience.

"They recommended complete rest and the type of post traumatic counselling which is available in cases like mine but I'm afraid I believed (wrongly) that making music and getting out there to perform for the audiences that bring me such joy would be therapy enough in itself.

"Unfortunately I seriously underestimated how difficult this year would be… I was wrong to think I could work my way through the major anxiety that has plagued me since I left Austria last December."

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