George Michael's grieving lover is "really happy" the "truth" about his death has been revealed.
Fadi Fawaz has always maintained there was nothing untoward about the 'Outside' hitmaker's passing on Christmas Day (25.12.16) so is relieved a coroner has now ruled that George passed away from cadiomyopathy and myocarditis and fatty liver disease as it can put an end to any speculation about drug abuse.
Speaking to press outside his home in Regent's Park, London, Fadi said after the ruling: "I feel wonderful. Yes, of course I am happy, that the truth is out and that no one is doubting. I am very happy. Because first of all, the truth is out and I am not getting doubted anymore from the world. And I am happy now he can rest, and we can rest as well. It was really painful to feel I was doubted. It was very painful, but now it is all good.
"And I am sure George is happy, now that everything is out.
"We can move forward. I am not going to leave it behind me. It has been really, really tough and upsetting, and shocking - two-and-a-half months."
Although the 'Careless Whisper' hitmaker passed away over two months ago, Fadi - who dated the legendary star on and off for five years - now feels he can finally grieve.
He explained: "I got a call [about the ruling]. I felt happy, now that he can rest peacefully.
"Now I can celebrate the life, the love we had, and move on as one. Let him rest. I don't know what is yet to happen. I keep the happy times just him and me.
"I have always kept it between him and I. I have managed for five years not to be famous. I would like to go back to that."
George's devastated family haven't been able to plan his funeral while tests were being carried out on his body but it's thought he will be released in due course.
The singer's cousin Andros Georgiou had previously claimed the 43-year-old hairdresser was banned from attending the ceremony because his family were convinced he had played at part in George's death but Fadi is now hopeful he'll be allowed to go.
Fadi said: "To have the funeral, and just sit back and look at things. I can let go. I can try to let go from all the bad news. I demand some love from the world that I didn't get in the last two-and-a-half months. And that is all I can say really for today.
"Now I can grieve. Now that I am left alone, I can grieve. I have not been able to because I had so much to deal with. That is the truth. Now I can start grieving, and going through my thing without being looked at in a funny way, you know.
"It was painful walking the street and getting funny looks. And going to the supermarket, and the woman would not touch your hand when she gives you change.
"It was very painful, and really not fair. That is all I can say."
George - who had battled with drug and alcohol addictions in the past - passed away at the age of 53 after his heart failed to pump blood around his body due to an enlarged left ventricle, while his liver was also clogged up with fat.