Boy George is a renowned singer and songwriter from Britain. He is mainly famous for his unique image, looks, and personality. Along with being a singer and songwriter, he is also a record producer, photographer, DJ, and Fashion Designer. He is a multitalented person and was also the lead singer of the popular pop band; Culture Club. In the 1980s, the band reached great heights and released some of the top songs such as ‘Time,’ ‘Karma Chameleon’, etc. He has an androgynous look, which makes him stand out in the crowd and has created a unique identity in the industry.
His music is mostly of the R&B genre and touched the soul of the listeners. He has also fronted ‘Jesus Loves You’ from 1989 to 1992. In the year 2015, George received the Ivor NovelloAward for his amazing work for the British Music Industry.
Boy George’s full name is George Alan O’Dowd, and he was born on 14th June 1961 in the Barnehurst Hospital of Kent in England. He spent his childhood in Woolwich with his four siblings. His father, Jerry O’Dowd, was a builder, and her mother’s name is Dinah O’Dowd. His father was of Irish descent, and her mother was from Dublin. He has two younger brothers, one elder brother named Kevin and a younger sister, Siobhan.
The British Army executed his great uncle in the year 1921. His mother revealed in 2007 that her husband used to beat and abuse her when George was in her womb. George’s youngest brother was charged with murdering his wife in 1995. He suffered from schizophrenia, which made him kill his wife in paranoia.
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Around 1980, the Romantic Movement was trending in the UK, and it was inspired by artists like David Bowie, who dressed androgynously. George was inspired by them and had the same looks, appearance, and make-up. It created a unique image of George and attracted Malcolm McLaren, who was a music entrepreneur. He helped George to form his own band, Culture Club. The band released several albums, and all of them were big hits.
In 1986, Boy George also gave a guest appearance in a TV series named ‘The A-Team.’ His career was at the top when rumors got out that Boy George has fallen into drug addiction. It led to the downfall of his career.
The personal life of George is quite interesting as there have been numerous ups and downs. Due to his androgynous looks, there was always confusion about his sexuality. In an interview, he admitted that he prefers both men as well as women. He wrote in his Autobiography that he is gay and has been in a relationship with several rock singers.
He has also suffered from a heroin addiction, which also led him to some legal issues. He was also arrested for having Heroin in the year 1986.
If we talk about Boy George’s net worth, it is estimated to be around $35 million. He is a successful artist and has earned a lot of money from music.