12/26/2016 1:11 PM PST
George Michael’s partner Fadi Fawaz says he found the singer “dead peacefully in bed” on Christmas morning.
Michael had been linked to the celebrity hairstylist for years — though they reportedly kept their relationship on the down low.
But on Monday, Fawaz described Michael as his “partner” in a statement he posted on Twitter.
“ITs a xmas i will never forget finding your partner dead peacefully in bed first thing in the morning.. I will never stop missing you xx.”
Michael’s reps have said the singer died from heart failure — though it’s unclear what caused it.