GEORGE MICHAEL has been released from hospital in Austria and is flying back to London today (22.12.11).

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The 48-year-old pop star has been receiving treatment for pneumonia at the AKH clinic in Vienna for weeks, but after making a recovery from the illness he was discharged from the medical centre at 08.00am and was taken straight to the airport so he can be at home for Christmas.

A hospital staff member told Austrian newspaper Osterreich: “He’s feeling a lot better. He’s doing so well, he’s able to fly again.”

Yesterday (21.12.11), the Faith singer’s doctors revealed he was feeling much better and had responded well to treatment.

Christoph Zielinski – one of his doctors – said: “We know he’s doing fine and we are generally optimistic.”

Last week, the singer’s boyfriend Fadi Fawaz predicted the pop superstar would be flying back to England for Christmas.

He said: “Christmas at home. I cannot stop smiling today, the best day ever. He is getting better and better. Nothing to worry about, happy days.”

George had to cancel all the remaining shows on his Symphonica Tour when he fell ill in November.