Not only did we get a front-row seat to James Kennedy performing his new track "Feeling You" with Lala Kent during Monday night's episode of Vanderpump Rules, but we also learned about the SUR DJ's musical heritage. James revealed that George Michael is his godfather, and the legendary British singer grew up and worked with his father. It's no wonder the DJ caught the music bug (jitterbug?) from an early age.
Long before James was breaking hearts on Vanderpump Rules, his dad Andros Georgiou enjoyed a life close to the spotlight. And just like his dear old son, Andros knew how to live a rock 'n' roll lifestyle.
1. He Grew Up with George Michael
So how does one meet and befriend a mega-pop star anyway? Andros and George's fathers apparently came from the same small village in Cyprus and emigrated to London where they started their new lives and families. Their fathers' friendship eventually led to Andros and George becoming mates as well. Andros even used to affectionately refer to George as "Yog" when the two boys were growing up.
2. Andros Was in the Music Biz with George
As George became an international pop sensation, first as one-half of Wham! and then as a solo star, Andros was right there with him. After establishing Hardback Records in 1986, Andros served as the managing director of Aegean Records, the record label started by George in the mid-'90s, according to his LinkedIn page. Andros helped Aegean become one of the early adopters of digital music distribution before anyone even heard of iTunes or Spotify. Clearly, Andros was onto something.
3. George Was Part of the Family
Andros and George were so close, James called him his dad's cousin on Vanderpump Rules. The pop star was a big part of the family when the SUR DJ was growing up. “When I married Jackie [Andros' wife and James' mom], I told her, ‘[George] comes first. My kids are his kids and he’ll be in the delivery room with us’ and he was," Andros told The Sun. “When my son James was born in January 1992, Yog and I gave him his first bath.”
4. They Had a Major Falling Out
Unfortunately, all good things must come to an end, and Andros and George haven't been on speaking terms for years. Their relationship became strained after George was arrested in 1998 for allegedly engaging in a lewd act in a public restroom in Will Rogers Park in Beverly Hills. It continued to go further downhill when Andros did an interview with HELLO! and provided a photo of George's late mother to the British magazine, Andros told The Sun. This angered George, but the last straw came when the two had an argument about Geri Halliwell, a.k.a. Ginger Spice. She was George's friend, but Andros got so frustrated with him talking about her during one lunch meeting that he may have called her "a stupid f***ing cow" and stormed out of the restaurant, according to The Sun. That was the last time he saw George. It's kind of ironic that a Spice Girl would cause one friendship to become split in two.
5. He Still Cares About George
Though the two haven't spoken in years, Andros would gladly welcome George back into his life. He told The Sun that he has written letters to George since they ended their friendship. In one he wrote, "The last thing I would ever want is for one of us to be standing over the other's grave, wishing he had mended the nonsense that destroyed us." There's even a Facebook page dedicated to reuniting the former friends. All we can do now is hope James' music somehow brings these two together once again.
6. You Can Read All About His Life with the Pop Star
As you should be able to gather by now, Andros has lived quite an extraordinary life alongside his famous friend. You can really dive into it by reading Andros' autobiography Rock: The Luckiest Man in Pop and finding out what it was really like knowing George at the height of his fame.
7. He Had a Radio Show
In recent years, Andros has stayed connected to the music industry by hosting a radio show called the London Calling Radio Show, or LCRFM for short, where he played "a mad mix of classics 'that will surprise you.'" Now we know where James gets his DJ skills.
8. He's Helping James Break Into the Music Industry
These days, Andros is a social media consultant for Public Images Ltd., a social media management agency, and an Internet marketing consultant for The Design People web design studio, according to his LinkedIn page. In fact, Andros is using his social media know-how to help his son get his music out there and build his brand as an artist. "My dad's an expert in social media, basically growing your look," James said on the most recent episode of the Vanderpump Rules After Show. "He understands what you need. You need the talent, you need the music, but you also need a look as well. You need a brand."
And what brand is James' dad helping him cultivate? See for yourself in his unplugged performance with Lala from the Vanderpump Rules After Show in the clip, below.