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 Cheers to George Michael! The ex-Wham! pop singer was released from prison on Monday, just four weeks shy of completing an eight-week sentence for a drug-fueled car crash in July.

The 47-year-old entertainer, who denied allegations of receiving special treatment while staying at Highpoint Prison in Suffolk, England, was much appreciative of the support surrounding his stay in the slammer.

"I just want to say thank you for everybody who has supported me in there," Michael told reporters outside his London home upon being released. "I'm coming out here on my own so that you'll realise [sic] I just want to start again."

Sir Paul McCartney also reached out to the chart-topping Michael—born Georgios Panayiotou—with a letter of encouragement during his incarceration, where he spent some time mulling over song ideas.

"By the way, I've just thought of a really good idea for a song," a jovial Michael added. "It's going to be nothing to do with prison." (BBC)

Well here's to you, George. I know you said you didn’t want 'your freedom' way back in '86, but may you finally turn a 'different corner.'

Here's some vintage George Michael for your Monday:

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By MacKenzie Wilson