George Michael to 'marry' partner
George Michael said the wedding would be a quiet affair
Pop star George Michael is to marry long-term partner Kenny Goss in a civil ceremony next year, he has revealed.
The former Wham! singer said he would marry his partner of nearly 10 years in a small, private ceremony "without the whole veil and gown thing".
The first civil partnership ceremonies for gay couples begin on 21 December.
Referring to his own plans, the 42-year-old star said: "It'll be relatively soon after it comes in, probably early next year."
As to where the singer will wed Texan Kenny Goss, 47, he added: "We'll probably do it here, not abroad."
The singer was speaking after a screening of a new documentary about his career.
He said he would be attending the civil partnership ceremony of singer Elton John and partner David Furnish next month.
The date of 21 December has been named as the "probable" day for Elton John's ceremony.
The government has predicted that up to 22,000 gay couples will take civil partnership in the first five years.
Thinking about the whole furore that the issue of gay marriage is causing in the US, the response here in Britain has been relatively low key. However in legal terms the term "civil partnership" rather than marriage is being used, probably a less emotive term.