Then: Born Georgios Kyriacos Panayiotou, Michael rose to fame as the lead singer of the '80's New Wave-pop duo Wham! and enjoyed a hit solo career thereafter. "Freedom! '90" was the only song from his second solo album "Listen Without Prejudice Vol. 1" that he made into a music video. The single sold over 500,000 copies and stayed on the Billboard Top 40 charts for 12 weeks.
Now: George continued to release albums through the '90s and 2000s, but he ran into trouble in his personal over and over again. He was caught for a lewd act in a restroom in 2006 and for drug possession in 2006, 2007 and 2010. This past September he was sentenced to eight weeks in jail and a five-year ban on driving. He was released from Highpoint Prison in Suffolk on October 11.