I am A Celeb star Boy George seems to be barely recognizable in an unearthed photograph taken shortly after he was launched from jail 13 years in the past.
The Tradition Membership icon, 61, was sentenced to fifteen months in 2009, however was launched after 4 for good habits and positioned beneath home arrest for six months.
Boy George, actual identify. George O’Dowd was discovered to have handcuffed Norwegian mannequin and male escort Audun Carlsen to a wall in January 2007.
Return! I am A Celeb’s Boy George seems to be unrecognizable in an unearthed photograph taken after he was jailed in 2009 whereas on home arrest with girlfriend Vicki McKellar (proper)
He claimed to have used cocaine and had a psychotic episode and is now clear and sober.
On the evening the photograph was taken, the singer was bald and beardless and had none of his trademark hats or extravagant make-up.
He has since had a hair transplant after being impressed by Wayne Rooney.
The brand new image was shared by Vicki McKellar, who was George’s pen pal whereas he was in jail and was seen sporting a shiny ‘666’ T-shirt throughout a celebration to have fun his launch.
Vicki mentioned: “He was sporting a diabolical 666 T-shirt to make gentle of his jail ordeal.”
“George had mentioned his launch date of Could 11 was a time for celebration, so he hosted a night at his dwelling in Hampstead, north London, which is now listed on the market.
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“George’s forty eighth birthday was arising and he invited me alongside along with his family and friends.
“I used to be buttering bread for the company when he approached me and requested me: “Why are you buttering just one a part of the bread? Now we’re not in jail”.
She continued: “He had a tag on his ankle as a result of though he had been launched from jail for good behaviour, he needed to spend six months beneath home arrest.
“He was not allowed to depart the confines of his home after 7 p.m.”
Playwright Vicki mentioned she and George danced within the kitchen and sang Buddhist songs in addition to his personal album, Bow Down Mister with Jesus Loves You.
She mentioned: “George was standing proper on the fringe of his front room asking, ‘Am I okay to sit down right here?’ Will I be dragged again to jail if I step a toe?
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Vicki, from St Albans, turned George’s primary fan after seeing him carry out Do You Actually Wish to Harm Me on High of the Pops in September 1982.
She mentioned: “I bear in mind staring on the TV display screen mesmerized. I fell in love, or as a lot in love as you will be at six years outdated.
“When Karma Chameleon went to primary a yr later, I first met George.
“It was in Brent Cross Buying Middle when the entire band was signing their first ebook, When Cameras Go Loopy. George signed my ebook and I virtually handed out when he kissed me.
“The subsequent time I met George was exterior the Crimson Bus recording studios. I made my manner by way of the throngs of followers and George advised mum she appeared like Elizabeth Taylor! She was so excited!
Vicki was at Snaresbrook Court docket along with her brother Kevin when the pop icon was convicted of assault and false imprisonment of male escort Audun Carlsen.
Assault: In December 2008, Boy George was convicted of assaulting and falsely imprisoning Norwegian intercourse employee Audun Carlsen (pictured) throughout a ‘psychotic episode’
“It was a shock when George was jailed,” Vicki mentioned.
Vicki revealed how she wrote to George whereas he’s serving time at London’s Pentonviille and Suffolk’s Highpoint North Jail and penned an emotional letter thanking him for her loyal assist.
She mentioned: “I despatched George a ebook referred to as Solely Love is Actual: Soulmates Reunited by Dr Brian Weiss. I knew George was witty and he would adore it.
“George wrote me proper again and I maintain that letter to this present day.”
Vicki mentioned: “George mentioned his launch date of Could 11 was a time to have fun, so he hosted a night at his dwelling in Hampstead, north London, which is now listed on the market, (pictured)
Household: George’s brother Kevin (pictured in 2009) used to fulfill Vicki whereas George was in jail, taking her on dates to the singer’s dwelling
In his letter, Boy George wrote: “Expensive Vicki. Bless you on your great letter and your assist throughout this surreal chapter. Thanks additionally for the ebook, which I’ll add to my intensive library.
“It is an ideal reward as a result of I learn tons, jail offers the proper alternative. Please belief that I’m in good spirits and looking out ahead to the longer term.
“God bless you and far like to you and all you like. Luck! G.’
Boy George and his brother Kevin invited Vicki to the Sunday roast at their mom Dinah’s home.
She mentioned: “There George performed me a demo of an exquisite music referred to as, Lights, which he had written about his pal Paul Starr, who had sadly died of AIDS.
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“I do not suppose it was ever launched, which is so unhappy, as a result of it actually deserved to be an enormous hit.”
She mentioned: “After the trial, George’s brother Kevin was devastated, as was I, that George had been jailed.
“The pal requested Kevin on Fb and he accepted the request. He began texting me and ultimately requested me on a date.
She mentioned they went to George’s Hampstead mansion, which is at the moment in the marketplace for £17m and the place Kevin confessed his crush on her.
Vicki mentioned: “Then we kissed….very passionately! I needed to cease there as a result of there was no manner I used to be going to let issues go on in George’s home when he was in jail on the time.
“However Kevin and I ended up relationship for a yr earlier than our relationship fizzled out.”
Vicki is the co-creator of The Marilyn Conspiracy, a play that received rave opinions on the Edinburgh Fringe and can now open in a London theater subsequent yr.
Vicki laughed about George’s star-singer pal from the 80s, Marilyn.
She mentioned, “No, my music just isn’t about him! However about Marilyn Monroe and the final tragic days of her life and why I strongly consider she was murdered.
“It is wonderful how George has turned his life round since these darkish days in jail and I am so pleased with him
“Now I am praying that George wins I am A Movie star 2022 and is topped king – or queen! – from the Jungle.’
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After leaving the band in 1986, lead singer George loved a profitable solo profession following the discharge of debut single All the pieces I Personal the next yr. So far, he has launched 12 solo albums whereas additionally working as a longtime DJ.
Identified for his androgynous sense of favor and heavy use of make-up, George didn’t publicly talk about his sexuality till the 1995 launch of his autobiography, Take It Like A Man, during which he confirmed that he was homosexual.
The band’s drummer and George’s secret lover within the early years, Moss shaped Heartbeat UK after Tradition Membership disbanded. He additionally turned concerned within the late 80s acid home scene earlier than releasing music within the Nineties with the bands Promised Land and Yeah.
He has three youngsters with ex-wife Barbara Savage, who additionally owns a property close to George in north London.
After the band broke up, bassist Craig tried to turn into a solo artist with the 1988 launch of his debut single. In 1988, he launched a solo single I am A Believer. Nevertheless, the monitor did not make an influence within the UK prime 40 and could be his solely launch away from Tradition Membership.
All through the ’90s, Craig launched his personal dance label, SLAMM Information, government producing the hits Mr. & Mrs. Smith and Mankey.
He additionally carried out with Child Creole and the Coconuts.
After leaving Tradition Membership, Hay was shaped This Means Up reasonably profitable, releasing singles Inform me why if I am unable to have you ever and Louise in 1987. Debut album Feeling Good About It was launched the identical yr.
In 1989 he moved to Los Angeles and commenced writing and creating music for rising artists earlier than branching out into songwriting.
So far, he has labored with the legendary Hans Zimmerman and is answerable for the music for the TV exhibits Cracker and The Lifeless Zone.
Iconic: (clockwise from prime left) Tradition Membership starring Boy George, Roy Hay, Mikey Craig, Jon Moss on the peak of their fame in 1983