George Michael was in a car crash on the M1 motorway Thursday and has been airlifted to hospital with a head injury following the crash according to the singer’s publicist.
The former Wham! star, 49, is still in hospital since the crash at junction 6A, near St Albans, Hertfordshire,
A spokesman for Michael confirmed he had been involved in an accident on Thursday but said the singer only had “superficial cuts” and was “fine”.
Michael was a passenger in a Range Rover and no other vehicles were involved, the spokesman added.
Connie Filippello, spokesman for Michael, said: “George Michael was a passenger in a vehicle involved in a traffic accident yesterday evening. No third party was involved. The spokesman added that the injuries appeared to be “superficial cuts” and that he was “fine.”
Filippello added, “We have no further comment at this time.”
Officially all the ambulance service would via the service spokesman Gary Sanderson was, “The man who we believe to be in his 40s sustained a head injury and following treatment, stabilisation and immobilisation by land and air ambulance crews, he was flown to hospital for further care.”
Hertfordshire Police said the northbound carriageway of the road was closed for an hour while emergency services dealt with the incident an have confirmed that two people were in the car at the time of the crash at about 17:50 BST. No arrests have been made.
A police spokesman gave a statement that said, “The exact circumstances of what happened are unclear at this time and until further investigations have been carried out it would be inappropriate for us to comment further.”
The popular singer has had numerous car-related incidents in recent years.
Michael was arrested in Cricklewood, North-West London, after motorists reported a car obstructing the road at traffic lights. He pleaded guilty on 8 May 2007 to driving while unfit through drugs. He was banned from driving for two years, and sentenced to community service.
On 24 August 2010, the singer pleaded guilty at Highbury Corner Magistrates’ Court in London after admitting driving under the influence of drugs and on 14 September 2010 at the same court he was sentenced to eight weeks in prison; made to pay £1,250 fine, and received a five-year ban from driving.
Michael was released from Highpoint Prison in Suffolk on 11 October 2010, after serving four weeks. It was reported that apart from the cannabis that was present in his system, Michael had also been taking the prescription medication, Amitriptyline.
Besides the singer’s problems with drugs and the law, he has been in trouble with the police for other “non-driving” offences.
In 2011, Michael was hospitalised with pneumonia and place on the intensive care ward from 21 November till 1 December the same year.
George Michael is very active in many charities including ones for children, AIDS and education. He is also a patron of the Elton John AIDS Foundation.
The singer has not released any further statements since his admittance to the hospital after the accident and the identity of the other man involved in the crash has not yet been made public.
By Michael Smith