Sir Cliff Richard relied heavily on his Christian faith to pull him through his sex assault investigation scandal.
The British crooner found himself under intense scrutiny in 2014, when South Yorkshire Police officers raided his Berkshire, England home.
In June (16), officials at Britain's Crown Prosecution Service announced they had dropped the 22-month investigation into allegations of sex abuse made against the musician by four men, relating to alleged incidents between 1958 and 1983.
The Living Doll hitmaker, 76, returned to the public eye on Monday (31Oct16) as he made his first red carpet appearance at the Pride of Britain Awards in London, and he declared his belief in God is stronger than ever before after the ordeal.
"I don't know how people cope without faith," he told Sky News. "I have leaned on my faith for two years and I would not have it any other way. It wasn't tested, not once. My faith has been strong and now it is even stronger."
Sir Cliff, a guest presenter for the Pride of Britain ceremony, also took a moment to show his gratitude to his fans, who have stood by him throughout the controversy.
"I want to thank them," he said. "They will never understand how much their love means. I have appreciated all the fantastic messages of support I received.
"It helped bolster my faith. People still love me and support me. It's a miracle to me after all these years."
Sir Cliff was accompanied to the Grosvenor House event by his longtime pal, TV broadcaster Gloria Hunniford, who scored the first interview with the singer on her U.K. panel show Loose Women after news of the sex abuse charges brought against him were dropped.
Hunniford will also lead a chat with the veteran musician in an hour-long TV special on Loose Women, which is set to air in November (16). It is not known if he will address the investigation and his lawsuit against South Yorkshire Police officials, who tipped off bosses at the BBC and had the raid broadcast live.