George Michael’s ex banned from sister’s funeral

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Image: Fadi Fawaz/Twitter

Family members have banned George Michael’s ex Fadi Fawaz from attending sister Melanie’s funeral according to The Sun. Although Fadi sent condolences after Melanie Panayiotou’s death, the family do not feel ready to forgive.

George Michael’s ex Fadi Fawaz

Fadi lived with George Michael from 2012 until Christmas Day 2016 when he found the singer dead. He then squatted in George’s £5 million pound mansion, despite legal letters instructing him to leave.

George Michael’s will left Fadi nothing with his two sisters inheriting the bulk of the estate. Fadi initiated ongoing legal action for a share of the £98 million estate.

After his arrest in July for suspected criminal damage to the mansion, the estate secured his eviction. A source told The Sun, “Fadi did nothing but elevate the stress and sadness following George’s death. Melanie was particularly upset by his actions.

“It made the family’s decision to snub him a simple one. They want to mourn her without distraction.”

Melanie Panayiotou’s sister Yioda found her dead on Christmas Day, exactly three years after the death of her brother.

Fadi Fawaz

Former Brisbane boy and George Michael’s ex Fadi Fawaz met the pop star when working in London as a hairdresser, model, and porn actor. Prior to that, he worked in first Brisbane and then Sydney as a model and hairdresser.

He appeared on the cover of QNews Magazine in March 2003.  He told QNews at the time his ultimate holiday destination was Paris and his favourite partner would be honest, caring and loving.

When asked about his favourite movie, the sometimes male model told us, “I haven’t been in it yet.”

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Destiny Rogers embarked on her career in the media industry immediately after high school, initially joining Mirror News, which later evolved into News Ltd. She fondly recalls editing Ian Byford's 'Passing Glances: A History of Gay Cairns' as one of her most fulfilling projects. Additionally, Destiny co-researched and co-wrote 'The Queen's Ball', chronicling the history of the world's longest-running continuous queer event. Her investigative work on the history of Australia's COON Cheese and Edward Coon culminated in the publication 'COON: More Holes than Swiss Cheese', a collaborative effort with Dr. Stephen Hagan. Destiny's journey at QNews began as a feature writer, and she was subsequently elevated to the role of Managing Editor of QNews Magazine in 2018. However, in July 2022, she decided to resign from this role to refocus on research and feature writing. For contact, please reach out at

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