Separation penetrates the disappearing person like a pigment and steeps him in gentle radiance.— Boy George
The most practical Boy George quotes that will inspire your inner self
There's this illusion that homosexuals have sex and heterosexuals fall in love.
That's completely untrue. Everybody wants to be loved.
I wear makeup and dress this way because I think it makes me look better.
I am not doing it to get people to stare at me. If I wanted to do that I could just put a pot on my head, wear a wedding dress, and run screaming down the street.
Every freak has a mother. When I met Marilyn Manson I was struck by how nice he was. People are rarely as weird as you anticipate. Except for Courtney Love-who reminded me of that mad snake in The Jungle Book.
I am what I am. There's nothing I can do about it.
We changed the name from Sex Gang Children to Culture Club because Jon Moss, our drummer, went to L.A. on holiday and took some demo tapes with him. -Everyone loved the music but nobody liked the name. I -remember getting a postcard from Jon from L.A. saying, "I don't think America's ready for the Sex Gang Children."
A lot of people come up to me all the time and say thank you for helping me be who I am. So my thing wasn't just about sexuality. It was about anyone who felt different; anyone who felt out of place. Being gay was one part of it.
I'm very uncomfortable with the idea of vaginas.
They bother me in the way that spiders bother some people.
Karma chameleon: we come and go, we come and go.
After half an hour the drug hit me like a sensuous tidal wave.
I turned into a tactile temptress and wanted to stroke the whole world. It gave me untold confidence.
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.
I was about 16 when punk started to happen.
It was so exciting. You had a social depression going on in the U.K. There was a sanitation strike. London was really grim, gray. You had Margaret Thatcher coming in. It was a really revolutionary time.
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
I'm not gay, and I'm not a transvestite.
Taboo was kind of celebrating trash, the kind of records you secretly loved, like Yes Sir, I Can Boogie, by Baccara [laughs] - things that you probably shouldn't like.
Go home. Let me do my community service.
I am thinking of George Michael's family, friends and fans.
He was so loved and I hope he knew it because the sadness today is beyond words. Devastating. What a beautiful voice he had and his music will live on as a testament to his talent. I can't believe he is gone. I hope the Buddha will hold him in his arms. NMRK.
Leigh [Bowery] affected a posh English voice and elongated his vowels, and you never knew if he was being sincere or mocking you. If I ever commented on one of his outfits he would snip, "Oh, thank you, Mr. Boy George. I do value your opinion." And then he would spin and make some ridiculous noise and mince off.
I don't get all this Speedo stuff actually, I mean, whatever happened to the feather boa?
Very few people can truly divorce themselves from what they feel emotionally and sexually.
When I go onstage, I'm going to work .
..I feel like my performance is about an emotional connection. I want to connect with people, whether it's like a romantic song or a happy song.
Beethoven had a great look. It was very much about the drama of appearance.
On Madonna: She's a gay man trapped in a woman's body.
The most significant New York club for me was Paradise Garage, where they played house music. This was around '84 or '85.
I just go in my back garden. It's the only place where people don't come and bother you.
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'd got very successful, everyone knew who I was, but I felt very empty.
The band never actually split up - we just stopped speaking to each other and went our own separate ways.
Being in the Boy Scouts, you don't think about whether people are gay or straight. You're busy putting up tents and learning to cut sausages.
Part of me looks at the gay movement now and worries that we're losing our individuality.
I wasn't part of the Taboo crowd the same way I was part of the New Romantics.
I suppose I was seen more as an elder statesman because I had been around the London club scene for so many years. To the Taboo crowd I was really seen as a pop star, someone famous.
Whenever there's an interview with me, I might read it, but I don't read the comments because they're so hateful sometimes. When someone writes something nasty, I just think, "If that's your contribution to my day, I really don't need your impoliteness." I'm lucky that people are very cool with me and I get a lot of love. I appreciate that.
The world is less homophobic, depending on where you are in the world.
.. As a gay man I feel very strongly about those issues around the world - there've been huge changes and developments, but there are still places where things are scary.
I'm not someone who can sing anything.
.. And my favorite singers aren't people whose voice you would say is amazing. I'm a big Bob Dylan fan, a huge David Bowie fan... none of those people have orthodox, cabaret voices. These are people where what they're singing about is just as important as how they're singing it.
[Getting older is] experience but it's also changing your mindset.
Gay unions, what is that about? I haven't been invited to any ceremonies, and I wouldn't go anyway. The idea that gay people have to mimic what obviously doesn't work for straight people any more... I think is a bit tragic. I am looking forward to gay divorces.
And being gay isn't so easy, either I've always said that if anyone ever thought I was straight they must need glasses - but when I finally came out and said, "Yes, I do sleep with men and I'm gay," yeah, I lost record sales. There's no question - big, big time.
Warren Street was at the high end of the New Romantic scene.
They were mostly college art students and people who knew top designers.
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.
Leigh [Bowery] would make up stories about people committing suicide or going on hunger strikes because they were refused entry at the door.
Leigh [Bowery] would create fake guest lists and put the most ridiculous names on them - Joan Collins, or really naff soap stars who would never grace the door of Taboo.
I think being individual in the show business is what gives you life and longevity.
The most political thing you can do is be yourself
Everything I think in life is about context and intention.
I remember going onstage on Broadway in this Leigh Bowery thing for a track like "Ich Bin Kunst." I've got breasts, this latex dripping down on my head, and I come out in a box. I just remember the audience looking really horrified because Rosie [O'Donnell] was trying to sell the show as sort of Pippin and Annie. She was saying it's a family show.
I have the best job in the world. There's not really a lot to moan or whine about. I've got the privilege of going out and doing something I absolutely love.
I think we grow into ourselves. And unfortunately we do it in the spotlight, so when we make mistakes, everybody knows about it.
I enjoy the freedom of living alone and not having anyone interfere with my belongings. I mean, I'm quite a selfish human being. I think being in the public eye and growing up, it's made me quite selfish in some respects. I can be extremely generous with friends, but in relationships I can be quite mean in terms of my time and my affections. I take people for granted, and I'm trying not to do that.
When you go onstage, you go on there to have a good time, and you smile and you engage with the audience and you invite them in.
I feel like my career has always been a series of collisions and accidents.
Being in the right place at the right time. Having the right haircut. It's so mad to think that it happened in the way that it happened.