Boy Ge­orge spent years work­ing out how to have a ‘nor­mal life’ whilst also be­ing a celebrity

Kuwait Times - - LIFESTYLE -

The Cul­ture Club star fi­nally feels con­fi­dent in his own skin, but ad­mits there was a time when he strug­gled to "bal­ance" hav­ing a flam­boy­ant per­sona and an­drog­y­nous look in the spot­light and fit­ting in to the "real world". In an interview with The Guardian news­pa­per, he ex­plained: "It's all fun at the be­gin­ning be­cause you're be­ing carted ev­ery­where in lim­ou­sines and trucks and then when you start want­ing to go out in the real world, it doesn't quite work. It takes years to get your head around how to have some sort of nor­mal life whilst also en­joy­ing the spoils of be­ing Boy Ge­orge. I think I've got that bal­ance now. If some­one comes up and wants a selfie, I'm not go­ing to be rude or hos­tile or ar­sey. I just pull a silly face. If in doubt: pout." Ge­orge strug­gles to es­cape questions about his past drug prob­lems and le­gal is­sues, which in­clude a 2005 con­vic­tion for falsely re­port­ing a bur­glary in Man­hat­tan which earned him a com­mu­nity service order. The 55-year-old 'Karma Chameleon' hit­maker wishes peo­ple would stop bring­ing it up his past in­dis­cre­tions be­cause he's put them all be­hind him and has been sober for al­most a decade. Ge­orge - who this week was con­firmed to be join­ing 'The Voice Aus­tralia' as a judge - said: "I'm nine years sober in Fe­bru­ary, just short of a decade, so there's got to be a point where it's like, 'Move on, I have.' "I un­cer­e­mo­ni­ously f***ed things up my­self. There was a point, nine years ago, where I said to my­self, 'You re­ally f***ed things up, and you've re­ally got to fix it, and you can fix it.' I knew it would take time, but I re­ally be­lieved it." And when asked about his cur­rent pos­i­tive out­look on life, Ge­orge ad­mits he's al­ways been op­ti­mistic, oth­er­wise he'd be dead. He an­swered: "No, I've al­ways been pos­i­tive. I wouldn't still be here if I wasn't. I think you're al­ways who you are, but life dis­tracts you, par­tic­u­larly be­cause of fame ev­ery­body treats you dif­fer­ent, there­fore you end up with a dis­torted idea of who you are."

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