George Michael's health is improving “by the hour,” boyfriend Fadi Fawaz has told UK paper the Daily Record.

The 48-year-old Michael was forced to postpone his Symphonica UK tour after falling ill with pneumonia in Vienna. The singer was rushed to a Vienna hospital on Monday.

Fawaz, 38, told the paper that Michael is “getting better by the hour.”

“George is doing well and is in good spirits. I have been seeing him each day and I can see he is getting stronger all the time. George is trying to stay upbeat,” Fawaz said.

“He is smiling through it all and everyone is just willing him to get better,” he added.

Fawaz also dismissed reports that Michael's condition had worsened.

“A lot of what has been reported about George's condition isn't true,” the Australian-born celebrity hairdresser said. “His condition is getting better. It is bullshit some of the things which are being said.”

Michael announced his new symphony orchestra-backed tour in May during a press conference at London's Royal Opera House. He also said he would be recording a new album during breaks on the tour.