George Michael’s sister Melanie Panayiotou defended him after Elton John made comments about his sexuality in an interview given just before she died.
In a recent interview to promote his autobiography, Elton had said that George was “uncomfortable” with being gay.
Speaking on The Talk, Elton had said: “He was so uncomfortable in his skin about being gay even though he said he wasn’t.”
But Melanie said George was “my ‘very proud to be gay’ brother, contrary to what you may have read recently.”
Melanie was found dead in her home in London by her sister Yioda on Christmas Day.
She died exactly three years after George passed away on Christmas Day 2016.
George also said that he was proud of his sexuality, saying: “I never had a moral problem with being gay.
“I thought I had fallen in love with a woman a couple of times. Then I fell in love with a man, and realised that none of those things had been love.”
The cause of Melanie’s death is yet to be revealed but police are not treating it as suspicious.
The police statement said: “Police were called by London Ambulance Service at approximately 19:35hrs on Wednesday, 25 December to reports of the sudden death of a woman, aged in her 50s, at an address in Oak Hill Park, NW3.
“The death is not being treated as suspicious by police.
“A report will be compiled for the Coroner into the circumstances.”
The siblings were very close from birth, with Melanie travelling around the world with her beloved brother at the height of his fame.
She was also with him for most of his life milestones, and George left the bulk of his estate to her and Yioda when he died aged 53 from heart and fatty liver disease.