Boy George on supposed feud with George Michael: ‘In the ’80s, you just said vile things about everyone’
Boy George and the late George Michael weren’t exactly the best of friends when both became pop stars more than 30 years ago.
But the Culture Club lead singer now says they were competitive but never really enemies.
‘It wasn’t really a feud,’ George said on Bravo’s Watch What Happens Live on Wednesday.
‘In the ’80s, everyone — Peter Burns, me, we all used to like, be really bitchy about each other. It’s like the thing that you did in the ’80s in those pop magazines.
‘Nowadays it’s a bit more respectful but in the ’80s, you just said vile things about everyone.’
It was their similarities early on that made for their rivalry.
‘In the early days, we were competition to each other. We were both called George, both made soul music. So in the early days, we were really in competition,’ George said.
‘Then sort of later on, I started to really appreciate him as a musician — you know, right around Faith. I started to really appreciate his talent, you know?’
Michael died on Christmas Day at the age of 53.
George said he wasn’t aware of what kind of issues Michael may have been struggling with because he ‘kept people out, he was quite private.’