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Boy George

  • English musician
  • Born June 14, 1961

Boy George (born George Alan O'Dowd; 14 June 1961) is an English singer, songwriter, DJ and fashion designer. He is the lead singer of the pop band Culture Club. At the height of the band's fame, during the 1980s, they recorded global hit songs such as "Karma Chameleon", "Do You Really Want to Hurt Me" and "Time (Clock of the Heart)". George is known for his soulful voice and androgynous appearance. He was part of the English New Romantic movement which emerged in the late 1970s to the early 1980s.


Luckily, I'm not one of those people who wants to be young; it's never bothered me.




Remember that I was out of the closet at the age of sixteen. My parents knew I was gay; I'd had to tell them.




I knew style and content went hand in hand.




I'm of the opinion that as a DJ you must always play what you love and ignore what's 'trendy' because true passion always eclipses what's fashionable. Quality is always fashionable.




She's probably in denial that she's a great big ball of insecurity and I'm quite well aware that I am one.




An actor is a guy who, if you ain't talking about him, he ain't listening.




I would rather have a cup of tea than sex.




The ultimate goal is to be more satisfied. I really don't believe you get wiser because you get older. It's a choice, perhaps not to take some things so seriously.




What's really sad is that a lot of very talented people are being forced to do things that are very embarrassing and I don't intend to be one of them.




I don't want to be a figure of disappointment.




Seeing bored-looking fans staring at you while you DJ is about as horrible as it gets.




A lot of what I've been learning in the last two years is due to therapy - about my sexuality, why things go wrong, why relationships haven't worked. It isn't anything to do with anybody else; it's to do with me.




Separation penetrates the disappearing person like a pigment and steeps him in gentle radiance.




A lot of people felt I was getting work because I was Boy George. My response at the time was that there's a lot of DJs making records, they're not all making good records, but they have the right to do that.




Sometimes you surprise yourself with what you can handle, and if you come out the other end with some wisdom, then it's not such a bad thing.




I used to think of George Michael as being mechanical, like a scientist in a white coat, working in a laboratory, creating perfect harmonies, and all the while I was secretly admiring him.




I suppose there is a lot of toughness in me.




I try to exist in a world where there is freedom of opinion, where you're allowed to make jokes. I don't want to live in some PC world where no-one's allowed to say anything.




I'm being honest, I say what I think.




I've had to write in a different way because I'm not in a bad place and I'm not heartbroken, so there's no one I want revenge on.




I know that there are some people who don't like me, and that kind of surprises me more than the people who love me.




Very few people can truly divorce themselves from what they feel emotionally and sexually.




Part of me looks at the gay movement now and worries that we're losing our individuality.




Beethoven had a great look. It was very much about the drama of appearance.




People say things about me all the time and I get over it. I've had some appalling things told about me.




A difficult crowd will always test your true ability.




You get much more done if you go to bed early and get up early.




My life hasn't always been a disaster, it's just that when it has, it's been a spectacular disaster.




I started going to Madame Louise's, the lesbian club where all the punk bands used to go - the Sex Pistols, the Clash. I remember seeing Billy Idol walk in there; he was gorgeous.




When Culture Club broke up, I hadn't been going out a lot because we'd been working all the time, so I suddenly had this period of leisure. And it was just around the time that the whole acid house thing kicked off in London.




I'd got very successful, everyone knew who I was, but I felt very empty.




I've never felt as though I didn't belong, I just acted as though I did.




My mother and father were fantastic, very active. I find it difficult to say this, but I'm quite a loving person and I've always been loving to my friends. In the long run, that pays off. I'm very interested in other people, and if you are, they're interested in you.




I'm always being inspired .




I've never been a bad person and always had quite good morals. There's always been a side of me that's been quite proper, but it's got distracted here and there. Now I'm the person I should be.




I always feel that my whole life is representing the LGBT community. It's kind of what I do all the time.



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