December 3, 2020, 10:04 | Updated: February 8, 2022, 5:20 PM
Boy George became an international superstar in the 1980s thanks to his unique fashion and incredible voice.
With Culture Club and Boy George back together, here are all the big facts every fan should know about the pop icon…
What is Boy George’s real name?
Boy George was born George Alan O’Dowd in Eltham, London.
His Irish parents are Jeremiah and Dinah O’Dowd, and he has four brothers and one sister.
When did Boy George join Culture Club?
Boy George’s androgynous style of dress caught the attention of music producer Malcolm McLaren, who had previously served as the Sex Pistols’ manager. He arranged for George to perform with the band Bow Wow Wow.
Under the stage name Lieutenant Lush, her time with Bow Wow Wow proved difficult with lead singer Annabella Lwin. He eventually left the band and started his own band with bassist Mikey Craig.
They were joined by drummer Jon Moss and guitarist Roy Hay. They chose the name Culture Club to refer to the group’s diverse ethnic backgrounds.
What are Boy George’s greatest songs?
With Culture Club, Boy George scored several major hits around the world, including “Do You Really Want to Hurt Me?” and ‘Karma Chameleon’.
He also had success as a solo artist, including the UK number one “Everything I Own”.
How old is Boy George?
Boy George was born on June 14, 1961.
He turned 59 in 2020.
What is Boy George net worth?
Boy George is estimated to have a net worth of around $35m (£26.5m).
Who is Boy George’s boyfriend?
Boy George is currently not known to be in a relationship. In 2015, he posted on Instagram that he was single.
When he was with Culture Club, much media attention was given to his androgynous appearance and there was speculation about his sexuality.
Although he never outright denied that he was gay, when asked in interviews about his sexual orientation, he gave various answers. In 1985, when asked by Barbara Walters about his sexual orientation, George said he was bisexual and had several girlfriends, as well as boyfriends. A famous response to an interviewer was that he preferred “a good cup of tea” to sex.
In his book Take It Like a Man, George said he had secret affairs with punk rock singer Kirk Brandon and Culture Club drummer Jon Moss.