Pop superstar George Michael started speaking in a bizarre Westcountry accent following a brush with death.
The Wham! singer was reported to have been smoking up to 25 cannabis joints a day.
But the 50-year-old decided to turn his back on the weed after he contracted pneumonia in 2011 and unconscious for three weeks.
His producer and long-term friend, David Austin, told the Daily Mirror that when Michael woke up he was speaking in a Westcountry drawl.
“I thought that was it when he had pneumonia,” he said.
“It was touch and go. We were all very worried as you would be with a family member.”
George, who says he has been clean for a year and a half, has joked about the time he talked in a regional voice totally unconnected to him, saying: “There’s nothing wrong with the West Country accent. It’s just weird when you’re from north London.”
The singer’s Wham! co-star, Andrew Ridgeley, lives near Wadebridge with his partner Keren Woodward, a member of the band Bananarama.
Michael is now releasing a new album named Symphonica.
The Top Ten Wham! and George Michael songs, with a Westcountry twist.
1. Landrake Me Up (Before You Go-Go)
2. I Want your Exe
3. Young Gunnislake
4. Carbis Whisper
5. The Edge of Devon
6. Don't Let The Sun Lewdown on Me
7. I’m Your Mannadon
8. Club Tregadillet
9. Last Christmas (I Gave you the Dart)
10. (I Don’t Want Your) Fraddon