George Michael vows to never smoke cannabis again

'I'm determined to stay on the straight and narrow': George Michael vows to never smoke cannabis again

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09:09 GMT, 22 July 2012

It's a habit that has seen him get into some serious trouble but George Michael has vowed to never smoke cannabis again.

The 48-year-old singer has apparently told his friends that he is 'determined to stay on the straight and narrow.'

According to the Sunday Mirror, George never wants to 'touch the stuff again' following his brush with death last year.

Making a change: George Michael, pictured here last week, has vowed to 'never smoke cannabis again'

Making a change: George Michael, pictured here last week, has vowed to 'never smoke cannabis again'

'George hasn’t touched pot since his illness,”' a friend told the newspaper.

'Those days for him are definitely over and he’s clear-headed, working hard and says he’s never felt better for it.

'He never wants to be that ill again and knows just how close he was to losing his life.

'He’s treating every day as a gift and he isn’t going to slip back into his old ways.'

The singer is said to have woken up from a three-week coma, during his battle with pneumonia, speaking in a West Country accent and this is what has persuaded him to stay clean.

'Clear-headed': The 48-year-old star recently released the music video for his new single White Light

'Clear-headed': The 48-year-old star recently released the music video for his new single White Light

'He’s a whole new George,' the friend added. 'He’s putting the finishing touches to an album which will be all dance…there’s no doom and gloom in his life now.'

It seems that George's new way of living could be down to his boyfriend Fadi Fawaz.

The hairstylist is said to be just what George has needed and helps keep him 'on the straight and narrow.'

Positive influence: George's boyfriend Fadi Fawaz is said to be helping the singer stay on the straight and narrow

Positive influence: George's boyfriend Fadi Fawaz is said to be helping the singer stay on the straight and narrow

Michael – who has written new single White Light, about his experiences – has said he was 'very close' to death on several occasions, but is now very much looking forward.

His new outlook on life follows several incidents where he has been arrested for the possessing drugs or driving while under the influence of them.