It has been reported that George Michael’s funeral will finally be taking place this week, with the late star being laid to rest three months after he tragically passed away on Christmas Day.
George’s family have planned a small funeral for the singer in a tiny 30-seat chapel in Highgate West Cemetery, North London.
George’s beloved mother Lesley was buried in the same cemetery when she passed away in 1997 and it has long been speculated that the star will be buried alongside her.
Speaking to The Sun, a source shared: “The funeral is going to be a very small, private gathering. The chapel only seats 30 so, apart from family, there won’t be many others there.
“The details are a closely-guarded secret. Most guests will be told what’s going on a few hours beforehand. The idea is to avoid them being mobbed by fans trying to get a glimpse of their idol’s farewell.”
Despite there being no official confirmation of any of the funeral details, it is believed that George’s old friend and former Spice Girl, Geri Horner, will give a reading.
The insider explained that George’s Wham! bandmate, Andrew Ridgeley, was initially asked by George’s family but he was concerned that he’ll become too overwhelmed with emotion, which is when they then asked Geri.
The source explained: “Andrew overcame massive anxieties to perform a tribute at the Brits. He was asked to read at the funeral but felt it would be too much. Instead, Geri has been asked to speak.
“The choice has raised eyebrows among some of his friends as the two weren’t close when he died.”
However, Geri poignantly paid tribute to her late friend when she gave birth to her son Monty earlier this year, giving him the middle name ‘George’ in memory of the singer.
She later broke down during an appearance on This Morning, telling hosts Phillip Schofield and Holly Willoughby: “I absolutely loved him.
“When I left the Spice Girls he took me under his wing and he was such a lovely person.
“Then I have a baby… it’s just the circle of life. What I like about real friends is that they tell you like it is. He was very mentoring.
“I would play him my music and he would tell me if it was good or if it was rubbish.”
Although it is thought that the funeral will take place this week, the exact day of the ceremony is not yet known.