Pepsi and Shirley believe the late George Michael sent them messages of support for their new book.
The duo – whose full names are Pepsi Demacque-Crockett and Shirlie Kemp – reflected on their time as Wham! accompanying the choristers in their new autobiography, “Pepsi & Shirlie: It’s All in Black and White”, and they think the hitmaker “Careless Whisper” would have wanted the tome to succeed.
Pepsi said, “I’m pretty emotional actually. I walked into the hotel lobby and each time one of George’s songs is playing. I think he has his fairy powder on our book, wishing us good luck.
Shirlie had known George – who died in December 2016 – and his colleague Wham! singer Andrew Ridgeley since their school years and she paid tribute to her friend for his “empathy and wit”.
She told the Daily Mirror newspaper: “I knew George as a friend long before Wham !, long before fame.
“He was adorable and his sense of humor he could laugh at himself. It was his empathy and his wit.
“Being so compassionate but also hilarious was a great combination.”
The ‘Heartache’ hitmakers – who performed as a duet after Wham! dissolved – are “really proud” of their heyday in pop music.
Shirlie said, “When you meet Wham! Or the Pepsi and Shirlie fans, you think, ‘Wow, I was one of them.’
Pepsi added, “I’m really proud of the fact that I can look back on so many great memories. It’s marred by sadness, but that’s life.
But they admitted that it was “really hard work” and that they often avoided party invitations in favor of going straight home after concerts.
Pepsi said, “It’s really hard work, coming off the stage you’re all sweaty. It looks very glamorous on the outside, the cameras go on waving to the fans but Shirlie would be like, “Oh my gosh we have to shower, put on makeup, what are we going to wear?”
“We would look at each other and say, ‘No, I think we’ll go back to the room.’ “