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Wham! star Andrew Ridgeley swaps ’80s fashion for a conservative suit and tie

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Wham! star Andrew Ridgeley swaps ’80s fashion for a conservative suit and tie as he discusses his late friend George Michael in a rare Australian TV interview

Despite breaking up more than three decades ago, Wham! is still one of the world’s most beloved pop groups.

And on Monday, band member Andrew Ridgeley appeared on The Morning Show, where he discussed his friendship with the late George Michael.

The 56-year-old musician swapped his signature ’80s fashion for a conservative three-piece navy suit and patterned red tie. 

Long time, no see: Wham! star Andrew Ridgeley swapped '80s fashion for a conservative suit and tie during an appearance on The Morning Show on Monday

Long time, no see: Wham! star Andrew Ridgeley swapped '80s fashion for a conservative suit and tie during an appearance on The Morning Show on Monday

Long time, no see: Wham! star Andrew Ridgeley swapped ’80s fashion for a conservative suit and tie during an appearance on Channel Seven’s The Morning Show on Monday

There was no hint of Andrew’s former rock n’ roll days, with the one-time pop star instead looking every inch the English gentleman.

During his breakfast TV interview, Andrew revealed the surprising inspiration behind one of Wham’s most famous songs, Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go.

‘I had posted a note on my bedroom door for my mum to “wake me up-up before you go-go” – and that gave George the idea for the song,’ he recalled. 

Dapper chap! There was no hint of Andrew's former rock n' roll days, with the one-time pop star instead looking every inch the English gentleman

Dapper chap! There was no hint of Andrew’s former rock n’ roll days, with the one-time pop star instead looking every inch the English gentleman 

Andrew said both he and George were confident the song would become a hit almost as soon as they wrote it. 

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He went on to say that the band’s split in 1986 after six years wasn’t hard for him because the group was never supposed to be a long-term project. 

‘We were bringing Wham! to a close, but we weren’t bringing our friendship to a close,’ he said. 

Amicable split: Andrew explained that the band's split in 1986 after six years wasn't hard for him because the group was never supposed to be a long-term project. Pictured in 1983

Amicable split: Andrew explained that the band’s split in 1986 after six years wasn’t hard for him because the group was never supposed to be a long-term project. Pictured in 1983

‘It was a decision that we always knew was coming because Wham! was only going to be a short-lived project.’

Andrew also revealed his old school friend’s rather bizarre nickname: ‘Yoghurt’.

He explained that George’s Greek family called him by his birth name Georgios (pronounced ‘Yor-yios’), ‘which sounded very similar to yoghurt’.

Putting pen to paper: Andrew has written a book about his friendship with George and their years in the band, titled Wham! George Michael & Me

Putting pen to paper: Andrew has written a book about his friendship with George and their years in the band, titled Wham! George Michael & Me

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