George Michael passed away unexpectedly on Christmas Day in news that shocked the world.
Friends and fans paid tribute to the Careless Whisper singer, with his cause of death recently confirmed to be “inconclusive”.
Cheryl’s EastEnders character Heather Trott, who was killed off in 2012, famously loved George Michael.
The actress loved the star in real life too, and paid tribute to George after news broke about his tragic death.
Loose Women: Cheryl Fergison has opened up about her heartbreak over George Michael’s death [ITV]
Speaking on Loose Women today, Cheryl welled up as she shared fond memories of the star with panellists.
Getting emotional, the star revealed all about meeting him and even revealed he was a fan of her too.
She explained: “I was devastated, absolutely devastated.
“I was lucky enough to have met him and hear him tell me about the storylines I was in.
“He used to send me presents and signed gifts. To a fan from a fan, you just go: ‘Oh my gosh’.”
She praised the Faith singer, after it emerged he had secretly helped people in need, donating money to people without revealing his identity.
George Michael sadly passed away on Christmas Day [Getty]
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She said: “You cannot deny that man was talented
“His heart was beautiful, his soul was beautiful.”
Cheryl joked that anyone who wasn’t a fan of George Michael “was an alien”.
In her big return to EastEnders, an audio clip was played of her character talking about the singer just hours before his death in a creepy coincidence.
Loose Women: Cheryl Fergison talked about her EastEnders ‘return’ which referenced George Michael [ITV]
Cheryl admitted the moment was “bizarre” when she found out what had happened, 12 hours after the episode aired.
In the clip, Dot Branning found an old cassette tape as she cleared out the Launderette.
She played the clip, with Heather and pal Shirley Carter heard speaking on it about Christmas, a music playlist for Dot.
Cheryl explained: “This was just bizarre, I was doing panto but before I went back to EastEnders and made a small recording.
Cheryl Fergison was a fan of George Michael, as was her EastEnders character Heather Trott [Getty]
“It was quite sad and quite poignant. It was us and we were talking.
“Heather was a George Michael fan and basically I was talking about George and how Christmas ain’t Christmas without a bit of George.”