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17/03/2014 08:29 GMT | Updated 17/03/2014 08:59 GMT

George Michael Drugs-Free For 18 Months, Singer Tells The Big Issue He Now Prefers 'Coronation Street' To Cannabis

George Michael has revealed he hasn't touched drugs for 18 months in his first print interview in five years.

The 'Careless Whisper' singer has had a turbulent few years, which have included a prison sentence in 2010 for driving under the influence of drugs, leading him to crash his car into a London photography shop - not to mention suffering from life-threatening pneumonia in 2011.

He later suffered another health scare after falling out of his car on a motorway, which required him to be air-lifted to hospital with a severe head injury.

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George Michael

George now says that he has turned his life around and kick his cannabis habit all together, telling The Big Issue: "I've completely stopped. I have decided to change my life and I haven't touched it for well over a year and a half."

He also opened up about his much-publicised eight week stint in prison, explaining: "Jail wasn't great. I just thought, get your head down and get on with it. It turned out to be easier than I was expecting because I knew I deserved to be there."

Now that he's drug-free, the singer has confessed he prefers settling down in front of 'Coronation Street' instead of rolling a joint.

"I watch Corrie," he said "Especially because it's more of a laugh. Even when life is tragic on Coronation Street, it's still funny."

George is now focusing on his career with a live album of his 'Symphonica' tour being released this week, and a new studio album - his first since 'Patience' in 2004 - to follow next year.

George Michael at 50

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