Boy George’s Soul Rescued By Flaming Piano Player Frenemy


Released from a 15-month prison sentence in May after being convicted of assaulting and imprisoning a male escort, Boy George — who was apparently rejected as a Hare Krishna because he’s gay — reveals he found the strength to survive in his cell the same way each of us do: With the help of our celebrity friends.

“Elton John offered me love and support from both himself and David [Furnish]. He also sent me a lovely music player,” says George. “Stephen Fry, Matt Lucas, Antony Hegarty and Holly Johnson wrote to me too. … The only time I got too emotional in prison was when I got letters from friends. People that beforehand I wouldn’t have thought I could rely on. It was humbling.”

Of course, that list actually includes Elton John, who wasn’t terribly pleased when George described him as a “humourless, grand old dame.” Time must erase all wounds.

No word whether George Michael sent some love Boy’s way. After all, the Culture Clubber did call Michael “a pre-war homosexual.”

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  • Tommy

    What about Madonna? Did she write him? She’s his biggest frenemy!

  • dontblamemeivotedforhillary

    Boy George can make a Comeback now!

  • MackMike

    All one has to do is listen to “Il Adore” to hear Boy George’s undeniable talent. He never had the vocal range of George Michael, but his phrasing of a song–his ability to shade and render–was incredibly unique for his time, and he can write a heckuva song (karmachameleon aside). It is so sad that drugs interupted his focus and tainted his catalogue. It’s not that I would ever expect a “rock” or “pop” star to behave like an alter boy, but I do hope that one day Boy George will be recognized for some of his musical contributions and not just his antics and quips.

  • Tommy

    George can’t sing anymore. His voice is shot.
    The guy may have talent, but I can’t stand him. He’s a total bitch. If he’s not recognized for his talent, he has no one to blame but himself. He’s the one who always attacking other people to get attention.
    He’s an embarassment to the gay community. He’s the stereotypical bitchy nasty queen.

  • anonymous

    George, take my word for it. The only direction to go when you hit bottom is up. You have this karmachameleon lover on your side 24/7. Take care and love you still.

  • Richard Steiner

    Boy George has much of his voice back, No. 4. Just listen to ‘Yes We Can’ and you may agree.

  • Tommy

    I listened to Yes We Can. Are you deaf? He doesn’t sound remotely like his old records. His voice is much deeper and raspier.
    I heard that song and that’s what I’m judging his current voice from.
    That was since a crap song. I like IL Adore, but Yes We Can was horrible. No wonder it was such a huge flop for him.

  • Richard

    I love ‘Yes We Can’. His voice will never be like his prime (82-84) but that doesn’t mean he hasn’t recaptured some of his voice back.

    All singers voices change over time. But, his vocal is alot better than the late 80’s and early 90’s, imo. He is 46, afterall.

    I love the track, and I believe it flopped because it coincided closely with his legal problems.

    To each his own. Never heard ‘Il Adore’, btw. Must youtube it.

  • Tommy

    It didn’t flop because of his legal problems. It flopped because no one really cares about him anymore.
    His voice was excellent in the late 80’s and early 90’s. In the early 90’s he did Generations of Love, which was tons better than Yes We Can.
    His voice like Whitney is gone and isn’t coming back. But they are both too desperate for fame to notice.

  • laura

    i just`saw a video on you tube for SILENCE and it was`wonderful

  • BobP

    Taboo had some really great music, and it was a totally gay show. I thought the mostly straight audience was hating it, but they jumped up and screamed at the end. Maybe he should try another Broadway show.

  • J Challender

    I seen Boy George at Leicester Square. The Boy certainly has got his talent back- his voice was better than ever. Enjoyed the show!!

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