In the wake of the tragic news of Michael’s passing over Christmas, a heartwarming note written to the star by another icon is making it’s rounds on social media. The letter, written 26 years ago by Frank Sinatra, came after George Michael told LA Times’ Calendar Magazine that he would be shunning the limelight. Michael, who seemed to be struggling with the consequences of fame, decided to do very few interviews, wouldn’t appear in music videos and no tour to promote his new album Listen Without Prejudice, Vol 1. Sinatra was not here for Michael calling it quits. He wrote a letter to the team at the magazine, criticizing George Michael and calling him out for wasting his talent.
Sinatra wrote, “When I saw your Calendar cover today about George Michael, ‘the reluctant pop star,’ my first reaction was he should thank the good Lord every morning when he wakes up to have all that he has. I don’t understand a guy who lives ‘in hopes of reducing the strain of his celebrity status.’ Here’s a kid who wanted to be a pop star since I was about 7 years old. And now that he’s a smash performer and songwriter at 27 he wants to quit doing what tons of gifted youngsters all over the world would shoot grandma for just one crack at what he’s complaining about.”
The late icon profoundly ended the letter saying, “Talent must not be wasted. Those who have it – and you obviously do or today’s Calendar cover article would have been about Rudy Vallee – those who have talent must hug it, embrace it, nurture it and share it lest it be taken away from you as fast as it was loaned to you.”
Despite the backlash from legends like Frank Sinatra, George Michael stayed on the path he knew he was destined for. Check out the full letter here.