3:23pm UK, Friday December 23, 2011
Singer George Michael has returned to London after being discharged from hospital in Austria where he was being treated for pneumonia, saying it was "the worst month of my life."
The former Wham! frontman fell ill with pneumonia in November whilst on tour in Austria - his first for three years.
Speaking to reporters outside his North London home, he said: "I feel amazing. I mean I'm very weak but I feel amazing. I got a form of pneumonia and they spent three weeks keeping me alive.
"I don't want to take you through all of it because some of it I want to protect my family from. But it was basically by far the worst month of my life.
"But I'm incredibly fortunate to be here. And incredibly fortunate to have picked up this bug where I did because the hospital in Austria where they rushed me to was absolutely the best place in the world I could have been to deal with pneumonia."
"I have to believe that somebody thinks I've still got some work to do here."
He said the thought of his family kept him going, together with "all the people I still have to play to."
"I've been so lucky. I still have plenty to live for - I've had an amazing, amazing life.