Andros Georgiou yesterday marked the fifth anniversary of the pop star’s death.
George was found dead, aged 53, on Christmas Day 2016 at his home in Goring-on-Thames, Oxfordshire.
He believes that if the star’s boyfriend Anselmo Feleppa had not contracted Aids and died, George would still be alive today.
His song Jesus To A Child was a tribute to lover Anselmo, a Brazilian dress designer who died in 1993, a year into their relationship, aged 33.
Andros said: “After Anselmo, he didn’t find real love.
“He had a lot of sex and met lots of people but he never found what he had with Anselmo.
“I saw how happy they were together. I think he was quite lost after Anselmo died – it hit him hard.”
Andros spent much of his youth touring with George and their families would spend Christmas together.
George was also godfather to Andros’s son James Kennedy, 28, now a reality TV star in the US.
Yesterday Andros marked the death of his beloved friend by hosting a show on LCRFM, playing all his hits.
Andros added: “This time of year is always incredibly hard for me.
“But I did a radio show and played his hits.
“Hearing Last Christmas is painful but I wanted to remember him and reach out to his fans to show he isn’t forgotten.”
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George and Andros had fallen out in the decade before the singer’s death.
Andros, 59, has always regretted not properly healing their rift before he died.
He added: “That hurts the most, that I didn’t get to say goodbye.”