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As time goes by, we tend to forget about the true meaning of Christmas. We stand at the top of Grafton Street to take photos of the Christmas lights and instantly post it to Instagram, failing to appreciate just how beautiful Dublin can be during this time of the year.

We rush around crowded shopping centres, fretting about whether you bought enough for your best friend or if you should pick up the Soap and Glory gift set in Boots. It is half price after all.

We obsess over what to wear to the office Christmas party. Will I look better in this Topshop sequin dress or opt for a Christmas jumper? But what if the jumper makes me look frumpy? What if someone else has the same one? 

Christmas movies help me remember that the holidays aren’t about the overpriced gifts that’ll get tossed in the back of your wardrobe by February or that perfect shot of the Christmas tree for Instagram.

One that really opened my eyes and taught me some valuable lessons is Last Christmas.

The new festive film has been slated by critics, but they failed to see that a movie can still be magical without a flawless script, arty cinematography or Oscar-award worthy performances (even though the cast are stellar)

Last Christmas does more than that. Here’s what it taught me and why I think it is one of the best Christmas movies of all time.

  1. You will always find someone to lean on

Life can be cruel. We all experience those dark moments where things feel like they’re never going to improve. Kate run out of friends to lean on and sofas to sleep on at the beginning of the movie, but Tom helped her see that even in your darkest hour, you’ll always find somebody to wipe away your tears and sing ear-piercing songs to you before you sleep.

The scene when Kate returns home to her mum, played by the legendary Emma Thompson, proved that she wasn't as alone as she felt. 

  1. Stop feeling so sorry for yourself

I am the queen of pity parties, but Last Christmas gave me a much-needed wake up call. The scenes set in the homeless shelter reminded me that Christmas isn’t a merry time of year for everyone.

When you’re curled up by the fire with a hot chocolate and Home Alone is playing on the TV, it is important to remember that there are thousands of people curled up on a soaked piece of cardboard and the cup in front of them isn’t full of cocoa but copper coins.

Kate’s charitable acts and kind heart reminded me that Christmas isn’t all about your celebrations and festivities. It’s about helping those who struggle during the holidays and helping them experience even the smallest bit of joy.

  1. Become an organ donor

If you have yet to see Last Christmas I would stop reading here because there’s a major spoiler ahead.

I couldn’t hold back the tears when Kate discovered that Tom was the organ donor who saved her life last Christmas. She had his heart, literally. I should have seen this twist coming considering the movie is inspired by Wham’s Last Christmas– “Last Christmas, I gave you my heart”- but I got so wrapped up in Kate and Tom’s charming love story. I was convinced they’d live happily ever after.

I blubbered like a baby when I realised that Tom was a ghost but his ending reminded me of how important organ donation is. If it wasn’t for him, Kate wouldn’t be alive. She wouldn’t have a second chance at life if it wasn’t for the card he carried around in his wallet, like so many of us do. 

Critics can call Last Christmas the worst movie of the year, but this touching tale has opened my eyes and taught me valuable lessons that I will hold close to my heart this Christmas.

Last Christmas, starring Emilia Clarke and Henry Golding, is in cinemas now.

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Sony Music have announced that a track recorded by the late George Michael will receive its first play on BBC Radio Two today.

The new release comes eight months after his death and though details of the single are yet to be confirmed, a tweet from Nile Roger has led fans to believe that it's a remix of the song Fantasy from the 1987 album, Faith.

The track will debut on The Chris Evans Breakfast Show this morning and fans are gearing to hear the previously unreleased material.

The singer died on Christmas day 2016, aged 53, from heart disease linked to drug and alcohol abuse.

In a statement posted on his website, Michael's sisters reassured fans that Michael's creative team at Sony Records "will continue bringing you all the projects they had been working so hard on for you, exactly as Yog would have wanted."

It's estimated that George left behind up to three album's worth of material including collaborations with Nile Rogers and Naughty Boy.

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In a very moving tribute to George Michael on The Late Late Show with James Corden, the British presenter shared his memories of the much-loved singer who tragically passed away on Christmas Day last year.

Recalling his meeting with the singer back in 2011, a clearly emotional James told his American audience that the Outside singer contacted him personally regarding the presenter's desire to do a sketch with him for Comic Relief.

"We chatted for an hour and we talked about music and I felt very privileged to be able to tell him how much his music meant to me," James said.

In the clip, which has racked up 80,000 views since yesterday, James reminded the public that if it wasn't for George Michael, it's unlikely the world would have been introduced to the wonder that is Carpool Karaoke.

Responding to James' tribute, one YouTube user wrote: "There needs to be a love button so I can hit it repeatedly!"

"Thank you for your tribute James. So true about George Michaels' music reaching out…so true!" added another.

We'll let James and George take it from here.

 

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Some fans said his decision to speak publicly about the moment he found George Michael dead was, so soon after his passing, in bad taste. 

And today, Fadi Fawez courted yet more controversy – stating in an incredible series of tweets that the 53-year-old pop superstar was suicidal and had made attempts to take his own life before. 

The tweets have now been deleted and the account shut.

However, the London-based hairdresser, who had been in a relationship with George since 2012, is adamant that he is the victim of a hacker.

Fadi told Mirror Online: "I am shocked with what's going on with the Twitter thing. My Twitter account has been hacked and closed."

He added: "It's a bit scary to be honest. I did not send those tweets. I woke up at 11.30am to the news. I am not going to worry about these things."
 

The shocking tweets had earlier read: "The only thing George wanted is to die.

"He tried numbers of times to kill himself many times… and finally he managed.

"We loved each other very much and were together almost 24 hours a day.

Less than 24 hours after George Michael's Christmas Day passing, Mr Fawez tweeted that he had found him dead in his bed.

The cause of his death has been cited by police as heart failure, although further toxicology testing is now being carried out.

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The late George Michael will have two major ceremonies in the New Year – poignant milestones which will allow his wide circle of friends and family to mark his passing with respect.

As previously revealed by his partner Fadi Fawez, the pop superstar, 53, was found dead at his home in Oxfordshire on the afternoon of Christmas Day.

Fadi said he found George lifeless and unresponsive.

An exact date for the funeral ceremonies has not yet been released.

However, it is believed that at least two high profile memorial events are currently in the pipeline and are at advanced levels of planning.

Both will be held in January.

At at least one of the tribute events it is expected that Elton John will play a poignant tribute to his late friend with a heartfelt rendition of their 1991 collaboration Don't Let The Sun Go Down On Me.

Elton dedicated an emotional version of their hit to Mr Michael during a gig in Las Vegas earlier this week.

He was seen breaking down shortly afterwards.

Mr John, of course, performed at Princess Diana’s funeral in 1997, moving an entire nation and fans around the world to tears with his revised version of Candle In The Wind.

"There will be so many mourners and friends. It will be the biggest funeral since George's mate Di’s," a source told the Daily Star.

"Elton will sing as he did for Diana's funeral as a final farewell."

It’s also believed that George will be buried next to his mother Lesley in Highgate Cemetery in London.

“George’s love for his mother remained as strong as it had always been, and he always said he hoped he would be able to be with her again,” a source told The Sun.

“It’s what he would have wanted.”

A post-mortem on George will be carried out "in due course".

It's thought that his death was due to heart failure, but this has yet to be confirmed by doctors. 

Furthermore, a huge tribute gig to honour George’s legacy is currently being planned.

The likes of Elton John, Bob Geldof, Andrew Ridgeley, Mariah Carey, and Aretha Franklin are all believed to have already committed to taking part. 

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The partner of George Michael has now, for the first time, described the moment he found the singer's dead body.

Fadi Fawaz took to Twitter to express his shock at the events of the last 48 hours, and to say that he will "never stop missing" the former Wham! star.

Fadi claims that he found George in his bed at home in Goring-on-Thames, Oxfordshire, on Christmas Day afternoon. 

The award-winning singer's manager said he died of heart failure.

Mr Fawaz, who is based in London and is a hair stylist, tweeted: 'Its an xmas I will never forget, finding your partner dead peacefully in bed first thing in the morning…I will never stop missing you xx'

DailyMail.com says that the pair had been in a relationship since 2012.

The 53-year-old musician famously broke up with long term partner Kenny Goss a year before. 

Today, rumour surround the circumstance of George's death continue, however, his manager was at pains to stress that there was "no foul play whatsoever," adding that his death by heart failure was unexpected.

Police are treating the death as 'unexplained but not suspicious'.

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In news which has sent shockwaves throughout the music industry tonight, George Michael's publicist has confirmed that the much-loved British singer has died.

It has been established that the star, who rose to fame as part of Wham! in the 1980s, 'passed away peacefully' this afternoon.

 

Releasing a statement to the press and public, the late singer's publicist said: "It is with great sadness that we can confirm our beloved son, brother and friend George passed away peacefully at home over the Christmas period."

"The family would ask that their privacy be respected at this difficult and emotional time. There will be no further comment at this stage."

The public have taken to Twitter in their thousands to mourn the passing of the much-celebrated entertainer.

 

 

 

George, who battled ill health in recent years, was just 53 at the time of his passing.

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