George Michael ’s traumatised lover has told of his relief that coroners have found the singer died of natural causes.
Fadi Fawaz said it has been “tough, shocking and upsetting” to have felt vilified by the public since the star’s death.
He hit back at the “very cruel” comments he has endured.
Speaking at length for the first time since George’s death on Christmas Day, Fadi said: “It was really painful to feel I was doubted. But now it is all good. I am happy the truth is out.”
Tonight he exclusively told the Mirror: “I feel vindicated. George can rest in peace now.”
Fadi, who dated the pop star since 2011, told the Mirror: “I am happy now he can rest, and we can rest as well.
“I am sure George is happy, now that everything is out. We can move forward.”
Oxfordshire coroners said yesterday the cause of death was heart disease and a build-up of fat on the star’s liver .
The announcement followed two-and-a-half months of speculation about the circumstances in which he died.
Despite police having said George’s death at his home in Goring-on-Thames, Oxon, was not suspicious, Fadi’s comments were criticised by one of the singer’s former close friends and members of the public.
Fadi, 43, appeared to give conflicting accounts of the run-up to the death. At one point he said he was with George at the home the whole weekend. But in another interview Fadi said he slept in his car on Christmas Eve and George died alone.
There were claims posted on Fadi’s Twitter page that George committed suicide. Fadi, 43, later insisted his account had been hacked.
His 999 call released last month revealed him saying he tried to wake George for an hour before the call.
Among the rumours was that George, 53, had suffered an accidental overdose. Coroners said the probe into his death has come to an end and there will be no inquest.
Fadi received a call today informing him of the findings.
He said the ruling made him feel “happy” that George “can rest peacefully”. He added: “Now I can celebrate the life, the love we had, and move on as one.”
Speaking from outside George’s former home near Regent’s Park, Central London, he said: “It has been really tough and upsetting, and shocking two-and-a-half months.
“It is just the lies. I couldn’t describe how painful that was.”