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George Michael cancels Australian tour dates

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George Michael has pulled out of nine tour dates in Australia.

The singer released a statement on his official website yesterday (September 29) explaining that he has decided to seek treatment for "major anxiety", which has affected him since his battle with pneumonia last December.

London 2012 Olympics Closing Ceremony: George Michael

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"I have today announced the cancellation of the shows in Australia which breaks my heart," he wrote. "By way of explanation all I can say at this time is that since last year's illness I have tried in vain to work my way through the trauma that the doctors who saved my life warned me I would experience.

"They recommended complete rest and the type of post traumatic counselling which is available in cases like mine but I'm afraid I believed (wrongly) that making music and getting out there to perform for the audiences that bring me such joy would be therapy enough in itself.

"Unfortunately I seriously underestimated how difficult this year would be and although I was right to believe that the shows would bring me great happiness and that my voice would recover completely (I truly think that some of my recent performances have been my best ever) I was wrong to think I could work my way through the major anxiety that has plagued me since I left Austria last December."

George Michael 'White Light' video still

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Michael added: "All that's left for me to do is apologise to my wonderful Australian fan base and to promise faithfully that as soon as I completed these shows here in the UK I will receive the treatment which is so long overdue."

The 'White Light' singer was scheduled to open the newly-built Perth Arena on November 10, before playing dates in Adelaide, Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Hunter Valley. All ticket holders are due to be automatically refunded, but those attending the Perth date have been offered the chance to attend an Elton John performance at the venue on the same night.

Michael recently confessed that he still felt "horribly guilty" about any suffering inflicted on his loved ones during his illness and explained that his brush with death had taught him not to think too far ahead.

"What I have learned from coming so close to death, is that it makes no sense to plan for the future in detail," he said. "You never know what lurks around the corner."

Watch the video for George Michael's latest single 'White Light' below:

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