17 Facts About Boy George

1. In January 2011, Boy George transferred an 18th-century icon of Christ to the Church of Cyprus.

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2. As of 2012, Boy George has credited his practice of Nichiren Buddhism and chanting Namu Myoho Renge Kyo for his newfound spiritual strength to remain sober.

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3. On 23 December 2009, Boy George had his request to appear on the final series of Celebrity Big Brother turned down by the Probation Service.

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4. On 14 August 2006, Boy George reported to the New York City Department of Sanitation for his court-ordered community service.

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5. On 7 October 2005, Boy George was arrested in Manhattan on suspicion of cocaine possession and falsely reporting a burglary.

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6. In 1986, Boy George was arrested for heroin possession as part of "Operation Culture.

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7. In August 2017, Boy George signed a recording deal with BMG, reuniting him with his songwriting catalogue, as BMG had acquired the Virgin Records songwriters in 2012.

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8. In 2017 Boy George participated in the 8th season of The Celebrity Apprentice on NBC, in which he supported the charity Safe Kids Worldwide and came in second place.

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9. In January 2016, Boy George joined the fifth series of The Voice UK, replacing Tom Jones as a mentor.

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10. On 19 August 2013, it was announced Boy George would release his new studio album of original material, This Is What I Do, his first in 18 years.

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11. On 24 December 2006, Boy George appeared on a one-off BBC TV programme Duet Impossible in which he performed with himself from the 1980s and joked about his street cleaning.

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12. In 2005, Boy George released Straight, the second volume of his autobiography.

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13. In 2002, Boy George released U Can Never B2 Straight, an "unplugged" collection of rare and lesser known acoustic works.

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14. In 1999, Boy George collaborated on songs with dance-oriented acts.

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15. In 1992, Boy George had a major US and UK hit with the song "The Crying Game", from the soundtrack for the film of the same name.

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16. In 1989, Boy George formed his own record label, More Protein, and began recording under the name Jesus Loves You, writing under the pseudonym Angela Dust, a word play on angel dust.

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17. In 1987, Boy George released his first solo album, Sold, which garnered mild success in Europe.

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