Geri Horner became visibly emotional as she talked about her late friend George Michael during an appearance on This Morning on Thursday. The 44-year-old star welcomed her second child, son Monty, in January – less than a month after the singer's death on Christmas Day. And she spoke of her sorrow that George would never get to meet her baby boy. "I absolutely loved him," she said, with tears in her eyes. "I'm going to cry, I'm all hormonal as well. But when I left the Spice Girls, he took me under his wing. He was such a lovely person, so it was very shocking. And suddenly I have a baby. It was just like the circle of life… You just don't expect it. He was such a good man."
Geri Horner became emotional on This Morning as she spoke about friend George Michael
Speaking to hosts Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield, Geri continued: "You know how real friends tell you how it is? They keep your feet on the ground. He was very mentoring. I would play my music and he'd tell me when I was rubbish and when I was good… That's what I really loved about him. He was quite normal. And so generous. He bought me a car, he helped me with my first daughter, I lived with him, so I was gutted… It's not until someone goes you suddenly go, 'Oh my God'… It's very sad when someone we all love dies."
"I absolutely loved him," she said of the late singer
Phillip then asked if Monty's middle name – George – was a tribute to the musician. "Yes. That was my mother's idea," the former Spice Girl revealed. "She was very close to George and he loved his mother, loved his family and she said, 'Why don't you put George?' And I thought, 'Why not?...'" Geri and her husband Christian Horner welcomed Monty, their first child together, on 21 January. The star is also a mother to daughter Bluebell Madonna, who will celebrate her 11th birthday in May.