PICTURE SHOWS EX-WHAM POP STAR ANDREW RIDGLEY IN CORNWALL. THE thick dark hair has gone and so too have the youthful good looks that thrilled millions of Wham! fans. But then more than 20 years have passed since Andrew Ridgeley and his bandmate George Michael last had a number one. At least 46-year-old Ridgeley has managed to keep his tan and appears to be in reasonable shape. That must be partly down to his decision to turn his back on the music business - after a spectacularly unsuccessful solo career - and head for Cornwall. While George Michael has continued to pursue a life of excess, Ridgeley spends his time golfing and surfing, having amassed a £10million fortune through shrewd investments and royalties. He and partner Keren Woodward of Bananarama moved to the West Country more than 15 years ago. They live in a 15th century farmhouse near Wadebridge. She is credited with encouraging him to try a slower pace of life. She said in an interview with the Daily Mail: 'Andrew enjoys the anonymity that he has. Our life is really quiet.' For five years from 1981 Wham had a string of chart hits including Bad Boys, Young Guns (Go For It!) and Wake Me Up Before You Go Go. Ridgeley was seen as the embodiment of 1980s excess - a lothario with little musical talent. He released one solo album, Son Of Albert. It did not even make the top 75. He then moved to Monaco to try Formula 3 racing, but came home after two years of little success. PICTURE EXCLUSIVE BY BILLY GRIFFITHS .n

Wham star Andrew Ridgeley ‘in limbo’ as he waits for George Michael’s funeral

Andrew Ridgeley and George Michael’s family are “in limbo” as they await the singer’s funeral, which has been delayed by toxicology tests. The Wham! singer took to the stage at the BRIT Awards on Wednesday night (22Feb17) to pay tribute to his former bandmate, who died on Christmas Day (25Dec16) aged 53.

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