Inside Boy George’s incredible home as OK! looks back on visit to star’s Gothic London abode
Since flying in from Australia, where he was recording The Voice, Boy George has spent lockdown living alone at a rented flat in London’s Soho while his own home is being refurbished.
Nine years ago, OK! was invited to his characterful Gothic abode in the capital. Resplendent with colourful paintings, religious artefacts and quirky memorabilia – including a cast of David Bowie’s face – it was every bit as flamboyant as his 80s pop star persona.
Renowned for his waspish wit, George, now 58, was in fact a congenial host, welcoming us in and whipping off his sequinned hat to give us a glimpse of his heavily tattooed scalp.
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Sober for three years, he had also kicked his 20-a-day cigarette habit with the help of nicotine patches. Discussing the root of his addictions, he told OK! , “I don’t think I was happy with what I had before. I felt something was missing.”
Never much of a drinker, partly as a reaction to his aunt and uncle’s demise from alcohol-related diseases, he also extolled the virtues of ditching drugs, explaining, “When you’re sober, you see how other people behave and realise you don’t want to be like that.”
His infamous, often-quoted comment about preferring “a nice cup of tea” to sex will probably always haunt him, but George spoke freely about his love life, including his volatile affair with Culture Club drummer Jon Moss at the height of the band’s success.
“I don’t know if any of my past relationships have been love. I love my ex-boyfriend Michael [Dunne] in a way I didn’t when I was with him – I really care about him now. It’s the same with Jon. Quite often I’ve had to lose them to love them in a healthy way.”
With his two Staffordshire Bull Terriers, Reggie and Taylor, as his constant companions, he seemed quite content to be single. “I have friends but nothing serious,” said George at the time.
“If someone’s going to put their imprint on my life, they have to be pretty damn special. I don’t want another dysfunctional relationship.”
Asked if he had a type, George told OK!, “When you’re older, you have to be more realistic. I like stunning Tom Hardy types, but also odd-looking people – I love a big nose, humour, someone who’s got balls and a sense of themselves. Someone can be drop-dead gorgeous and I won’t find them attractive. I’ll find the person who’s giving me no attention attractive.”
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His friend Elton John had only recently become a dad to Zachary, his first son born via surrogacy. Had George considered the idea of fatherhood for himself? “It’s not for me – I can just about look after two dogs!” he joked.
He admitted his acid tongue had been known for getting him into trouble. Referring to some choice words he’d once uttered about Madonna, he told OK!, “I’ve said some horrible things about her in the past, I’m not proud of that. I have a weird admiration for her. She’s never been f****d up.”
He also expressed a fondness for actor Tom Cruise, saying, “I like Tom Cruise. I don’t care that he’s a Scientologist – as long as you don’t hurt animals or children and you’re nice to your mum!”
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