Boy George: Why did he go to jail before I became a celebrity?

Boy George is one of this year’s contestants I’m a celebrity… get me out of here!

The singer entered the jungle on Sunday, November 6 along with other contestants like Chris Moyles and Olivia Attwood.

You can find the full list of contestants for this year’s show here.

Known as a prolific 80s pop star, Boy George is one of the highest profile celebrities in this year’s competition.

The 61-year-old – whose real name is George Alan O’Dowd – was the lead singer of pop group Culture Club.

The 80s band is best known for popular hits like “Karma Chameleon” and “Do You Really Want to Hurt Me.”

Boy George was part of the New Romantic movement, which had its moment in the late 1970s and early 1980s.

In 2008, Boy George was sentenced to 15 months in prison for assault and false imprisonment after he “chained” then 26-year-old Audun Carlsen to a wall. The singer pleaded not guilty at the time.

He claimed in court that he handcuffed Carlsen as he allegedly stole photos from his laptop and wanted to track down the missing items.

Reflecting on his actions on The Life Stories of Morgan by Pier in 2017, Boy George said, “I sent myself to jail. I told the police why I did what I did. I was having a psychotic episode. I was an addict so I can’t say my reasons for doing so were founded in any way. But I told the truth. I always denied hitting the boy.

In addition to being an influential pop figure, Boy George has an Ivor Novello Award and is also a DJ, stylist, producer and photographer – and now a jungle dweller.

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Despite once commenting that his 1983 hit single “Karma Chameleon” would mean he should never appear on the show, the musician was announced as a contestant.

Boy George attributed the decision to being “bored of being iconic in the corner”.

“I watch I’m a celebrity every year and I had to think long and hard about this,” she said.

“But I feel like I’m in a very fertile creative time in my life. I am in a moment of rediscovering who I am as a person and an artist and an older man and I feel like I put a lot of effort into being in pop culture,” she added.

Since appearing on the show, Boy George has cried over the arrival of Matt Hancock, been accused of intentionally causing tension within the camp, and closed questions about his court case.

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