Boy George: "Je regrette de ne pas être aller courir avec Madonna quand elle me l'a demandé".
Boy George wishes he got sober years ago
Friday 10 June 2011
Singer Boy George has revealed that he feels so good sober, he wishes he did it years ago.
The star, who has been clean for the past two years, now regrets not giving up his wild ways when he was younger.
Speaking to the Daily Mail, the 'Karma Chameleon' singer said: "I wish I'd done all this 20 years ago. I wish I had gone running with Madonna when she asked me 20 years ago. I used to say: 'I only run when people chase me.' But I get it now.
"I wanted to give up all the self-medicating things I was doing. I remember saying, 'I won't be like this at 40.' But I was. In fact, it got worse."
Source: RTÉ Ten.
Boy George: 'My life hasn't ALWAYS been a disaster. But when it has, it's been spectacular!'
By Spencer Bright
Last updated at 10:31 PM on 9th June 2011
At one point it didn’t seem as if Boy George would make it much past his 25th birthday. Yet here he is, about to celebrate his 50th next Tuesday, and the transformation from the boy pop star to man seems astonishing.
No one could be more pleased than me. George and I have a long history, from the days when, as a newspaper reporter, I used to follow him on the club and music scenes. In the early 1990s I helped him write his autobiography Take It Like A Man. We’ve been through a lot together.
The book took four-and-a-half years, with much shouting and screaming, mostly from him at me, and moments where he’d crack me up so much I could hardly stand up.
He’s busier than he’s ever been. The strange creature who we first got to know with his dreadlocks, flouncing robes and Hasidic Jewish hat, swaying to the reggae beat of Do You Really Want To Hurt Me? on Top Of The Pops in 1982, has become a sought-after DJ, producer, songwriter and performer.
There are hopes of soon working with top producer Mark Ronson on a record with a reunited Culture Club, and an arena world tour next year.
Along the way, George has been to prison in this country and sentenced to community service in the U.S. Both are experiences which he has not spoken about before, but he can now reveal the positive effect they have had.
He recalls the exact date — March 2, 2008 — when he at last became drug and alcohol-free. The final marker on his clean-up voyage was six weeks ago, when he gave up cigarettes.
He’s more energetic and upbeat than I have ever known him. ‘Maybe it’s having more oxygen and being able to breathe properly’, he says. He’s suffered from asthma all his life.
‘I wish I’d done all this 20 years ago. I wish I’d gone running with Madonna when she asked me 20 years ago. I used to say: “I only run when people chase me.” But I get it now.
‘I wanted to give up all the self-medicating things I was doing. I remember saying: “I won’t be like this at 40.” But I was. In fact, it got worse.’
The Here And Now tour starts on June 17. The single Sunshine Into My Life by Funkysober featuring Sharlene Hector, written and produced by Boy George, is out now on his own label, VG Records.
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Source: Mail Online.
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