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Boy George threatened to ‘storm out’ against Culture Club’s Karma Chameleon

Boy George revealed that he threatened to quit his Culture Club bandmates if they didn’t release Karma Chameleon – which became their biggest hit.

The 61-year-old singer topped the charts had huge success in the 1980s as part of Culture Clubbefore carving out a successful solo career, selling over 150 million records worldwide.

Speaking about his time in the band, George opened up to fellow bandmate I’m A Celebrity…Get Me Out of Here! camp mates, including the likes of mike tindal, Jill Scott and even former health secretary Matt Hancock (whom George had just shared a bushtucker tryout with and scored camp a full 11-star set).

As the singer of the Culture Club group, Boy George was the voice behind hits like Karma Chameleon, Do You Really Want to Hurt Me and Time (Clock of the Heart), which saw them soar to the top of the charts.

The band also featured Roy Hay on guitar and keyboards, Mikey Craig on bass guitar and previously included Jon Moss on drums and percussion.

George explained, “We called ourselves Caravan Club, we called ourselves Can’t Wait Club, and then we were like, ‘We’re a cultural club, look at us. You’re Jewish, I’m Irish, you’re Jamaican, Roy is an Anglo-Saxon!”

Boy George has threatened to leave Karma Chameleon (Photo: ITV/REX/Shutterstock)

He revealed about his bandmates: ‘Karma Chameleon they hated. They hated it.

‘They were like, ‘This is the last nail in our coffin, this is rubbish’ and I had to fight to get it on record.

“I had to say, ‘If you don’t put it on record, I’m quitting the band. “”

George added: “I did it every week though. Literally, I was the “Stormer Outer” queen. Every time I didn’t get my way, I was like, “I’m leaving!”


Boy George and Cultural Club
The group enjoyed huge success in the 1980s (Photo: Rick Kern/WireImage)

Karma Chameleon, which was released in 1983, became their second single to reach the top of the UK Singles Chart and remained theirs for an impressive six weeks, before becoming the biggest selling single of that year.

He added that although the group took a few breaks during their time, they never used to fight a lot or “take separate limos”.

Elsewhere, George also spoke to fellow campers about coming out, saying it came as no surprise to anyone when he started dating boys.

‘To begin with, my mother would say [to my dad]”Look what he’s wearing” and my dad used to get his paper [and drop it down to look] and say, “If he wants to get beat up, let him out” and that’s it, you know? George shared.

When Charlene White asked, “Did it surprise anyone when you’re dating boys?” George replied: ‘No. My dad used to do this thing in the car, he would turn the music down when he was going to make an announcement.

“My brothers were all going to work, he was like the radio was out, he said, ‘I need to tell you about your brother. And all my brothers said, “We know, turn up the music.” ‘

I’m a celebrity… Get me out of here! continues tomorrow night at 9pm on ITV.

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