Esteemed for his boyish good looks, fans have always exhibited a healthy dose of curiosity about the life of the former lead vocalist of the defunct musical band known as Culture Club. On his part, Boy George – British songwriter, singer, photographer, DJ, author, and fashion designer, has always fueled the curiosity with his flambouyant lifestyle and numerous accomplishments.
As a singer, Boy George performed with several bands including Culture Club and Band Aid before striking out on his own as a solo artist. As an author, he has published a couple of autobiographies titled Take it Like a Man and Straight, he equally penned a cookbook known as Karma Cookbook with Dragana Brown. The multi-talented artist also enjoys other careers in photography and fashion designing, he has equally functioned as a DJ in several grand occasions in the past. Boy George received several prestigious awards which include a Grammy for his efforts in the entertainment sphere.
His Bio, Age
Boy George was born on the 14th of June 1961 in Eltham Kent England after which his parents gave him the name George Alan O’Dowd. His nationality is obviously British, and he is of white ethnicity. He was born to Dinah and Gerry O’Dowd and grew up alongside five other siblings (four boys – Gerald, David, Richard and Kevin, and one girl – Siobhan).
He attended the Eltham Green School but because of his absurd mode of dressing, bold and audacious ideas, as well as anomalous behavior, Boy George was expelled from school. The young artist was left to fend for himself as a milliner and fruit picker after his expulsion from school since his family did not accept him fully because of his weird ways. His flamboyant lifestyle earned him a place in Bow Wow Wow – The New Romantic Movement which emerged in the United Kingdom around the 1980s. He later established his own band (Culture Club) with Jon Moss (drummer) Mikey Craig (bassist) and Ron Hay. Beyond Culture Club, Boy George also had musical exploits with other bands like Band Aid (1984 – 1984) and Jesus Loves You (1989 – 1992). The iconic singer also enjoyed many years of solo career to critical acclaim.
Married, Is He Gay?
The talented singer is not married and there is no record of any kids fathered by him. About his sexuality, the former leader of the Culture Club band has disclosed that he is bisexual and whenever he desires sex, he buys it.
Boy George’s ambiguous sexuality was first noticed when he found it difficult to conform to the traditional masculine stereotype. Coupled with his androgynous appearances and evasive answer anytime he was confronted with questions about his sexual orientation, rumors are always running rife that he could be completely gay.
Nonetheless, he clarified that he likes both men and women in an interview with Joan Rivers on her 1983 show. He further elucidated on the issue in another interview with Barbara Walters, he clearly pronounced his proclivity towards both sexes and revealed that he has had several boyfriends and girlfriends in the past. The famous statement “I prefer a nice cup of tea to sex” was made by Boy George in an interview.
He actually mentioned a couple of his gay partners in his autobiography titled Take It Like a Man which was published in 1995. In the book, he mentioned the secret affair he had with Kirk Brandon -a punk rock singer, as well as the drummer of Culture Club band Jon Moss. According to Boy George, most of the songs he wrote for the band were inspired by his dalliance with Moss.
In an episodic documentary titled The Madness of Boy George which came to light in 2006 as directed by Simon George, Boy George himself made a declaration on camera that he was “militantly gay”. Another documentary titled Living with Boy George which was released in 2008 featured the singer as he talked about the first time he realized he was actually gay and when he disclosed it to his parents. According to him, he completely understands why men fell for each other and still engage in sexual relationships with the opposite sex.
Boy George’s net worth has been pegged at a whopping $35 million by a source that is trusted. A lion’s share of his wealth has come mainly from his singing career. In 1983, his career recorded a max earning of $6.7 million in record sales. He earned a tidy $1.6 million in 1982 from the album titled Kissing to Be Clever, and in 1984, he recorded over $1.9 million with Waking Up with the House on Fire. His earnings took a nosedive during the 1990s – in 1998, his album Greatest Moments increased his wealth by $300,000. His worst album sales came in 1993 when he earned just $100,000 from his album titled The Best of Boy George.
Is Boy George Dead Or Still Alive?
In December 2018, the ostensible death of the frontman of the defunct Culture Club musical band was announced in an ‘R.I.P. Boy George’ Facebook page. His alleged demise quickly gained traction, giving rise to a fuss among fans. However, the news has been confirmed as an internet hoax and dubbed the latest in a long line of fake celeb death reports. Thankfully, Boy George is still alive and doing great.