Wham! Goes Boom! As George Michael Dumps His Bitter Half, Andrew Ridgeley
updated 03/10/1986 AT 01:00 AM EST
•originally published 03/10/1986 AT 01:00 AM EST
Or, more precisely, was Wham! On Feb. 21 Michael, 22, announced in London that he had decided to pursue his career alone, a move that reportedly caught Ridgeley, 23, who was racing cars in southern France, by surprise. Apparently the deed was done before he could say, "Wake me up before you go-go/ 'cause I'm not planning on going solo," to quote the pair's most famous lyrical hook. Tracked down by a reporter for the London Sunday Mirror, Ridgeley, in a speech peppered with four-letter words, complained, "Nobody told me anything. The whole business makes me——ing sick." As for the future, Ridgeley says that he plans to "stick to motor racing for a while. As far as I'm concerned George can do as he likes from now on."
He undoubtedly will. A year ago he scored a No. 1 hit with his first solo single, Careless Whisper, which prompted Wham! watchers to whisper that a divorce was inevitable. In response, Wham!'s manager, Simon Napier-Bell, said last August that it was "not unreasonable to expect a split in about two years." He only missed by 18 months.