George Michael’s song that moved Princess Diana to tears

The friendship between Princess Diana and George Michael began at an event in the late 1980s and was constant for 10 years, until her death in 1997. The two spoke constantly on the phone and the singer even said that only the princess managed to be an ordinary person.

A year before the princess’s death, George broke a six-year hiatus and released Older, his most circumspect album to date, marked by pain and loss. An international star since the days of Wham!, the singer became one of the most famous people in the world when he exploded solo with the album Faith in 1987.

It was on a trip to Rio de Janeiro, in 1991, that he met the Brazilian Anselmo Feleppa, with whom he fell in love. Legend has it (fed by the singer) that on the night of January 25th, in the midst of the crowded Maracanã crowd, George Michael saw him on stage right, while singing Careless Whisper (video at the end of the post, around 2’40 ”, we see the vocalist staring at the side where Anselmo was). “He fixed his gaze on mine and it was so beautiful, it distracted me and I had to avoid that side of the stage otherwise I would really lose focus and forget the lyrics,” George said in an interview.

Anselmo found him again in the lobby of the hotel where he was staying and, although he was accompanied by a woman and confused the artist as if he were straight, the new exchange of glances eliminated any doubt. Their love was cut short by Anselmo’s death just 2 years later from AIDS, amid George’s legal battle against Sony. He’s lost his husband, his fight, and his faith, so Older is dark, skeptical, and deep.

And recently it was reported that Diana, upon hearing the album, would have been especially moved by one of George Michael‘s most personal songs: You Have Been Loved.

The ballad, written about the strength of Anselmo’s mother in burying her son, reflects on the pain and grief of a person who, even in adversity, remains strong and a believer in divine help. You Have Been Loved describes her boyfriend’s funeral in Petrópolis and how her mother loved him deeply, bringing peace and acceptance. The author would have said that the image of a mother losing her child is that of unimaginable pain, which reverses the order of life.

Diana, who has always had enormous compassion for the pain of others, is said to have been deeply moved by the song, choosing it as her favorite of all that George Michael recorded. Less than a year later, he would lose his friend. You Have Been Loved was released as the B-side of the single Strangest Thing, a month after the princess’s death, reaching number two of the most played songs of the year, second only to the version of Candle in the Wind that Elton John recorded again for Diana. A double tribute to their great friend.

George never made a video for the song, but performed it at his concerts. See the lyrics and then the video.

She takes the back road and the lane
Past the school that has not changed in all this time
She thinks of when the boy was young
All the battles she had won just to give him life
That man
she loved that man
For all his life
But now we meet to take him flowers
And only God knows why
For what’s the use in pressing palms
When children fade in mother’s arms?
It’s a cruel world, we’ve so much to loose
And what we have to learn we rarely choose
So if it’s God who took her son
He cannot be the one living in her mind
“Take care my love”, she said
Don’t think that God is dead
“Take care my love”, she said
You have been loved

If I was weak, forgive me
But I was terrified
You brushed my eyes with angels wings, full of love
The kind that makes devils cry
So these days my life has changed
And I’ll be fine (and I’ll be fine)
But she just sits and counts the hours
Searching for her crime
So what’s the use of pressing palms
If you won’t keep such love from harm?
It’s a cruel world, you’ve so much to prove
And Heaven helps the ones who wait for you
I’ve no daughters, I’ve no sons
Guess I’m the only one
Living in my life
“Take care my love”, he said
Don’t think that God is dead
“Take care my love”, he said
You have been loved

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