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Boy George weighs in on coming out, gender bending and not really hating Madonna

Boy George sure is a pistol and after many struggles, seems to be in a good place in his life.

He’s given a juicy interview to Huffington Post and I thought I’d share a few morsels with you:

On some people’s perception of gays: My sexuality takes up about two hours a month or a week, depending on what’s going on. These people that imagine all we do is copulate, they’re kind of hung up on the sexual aspect of gay culture. And you think, we have mothers to visit, taxes and bills to pay, jobs to do, articles to write, careers to look at — it’s like, come on! I’ve been saying this for years — gay people have cats! Dogs! Godchildren! It’s endless! [Laughs] It’s not that different from what you straight people do — it’s mad.

On coming out at 18: Fierce, unapologetic, no remorse. Because I think when you’re young, you forget that your family has an adjustment. You’re so selfish when you’re that age, you think, Oh, fuck you all! This is MY thing, and you forget that your parents grieve and they have to make adjustments.

On his gender bending days: I wanted to kind of look like a woman. And I did for a while –- and then I got hairy! [Laughs] For years I had no hair on my chest and I was like, “Wow, I’m really pulling this off!” and then suddenly I’m a man. It was like, OK, surrender! I’ve always said that drag is a kind of a butch thing to do because it’s putting your head on the chopping block. It’s a very, very tough thing to do, I think. If you think about like the Stonewall Riots, that was started, or at least enflamed, by guys in high heels. I used to joke that you’re not a man unless you’ve walked in heels. But I never really, really, seriously wanted to be a woman — I wanted to kind of look like a woman.

His thoughts on Madonna: I don’t hate Madonna! That’s such rubbish. I mean I’ve said awful things about Madonna and I’m not proud of that at all — I’m really not proud of that because I didn’t know her. And like everyone, I’ve always secretly kind of been into her. I have a lot of her records and I think that really is the measure of what you think of someone. If I have like 5 or 6 singles of Madonna that I love, that makes me a little bit of a fan. I have a massive painting of her in my spare room that I got in the ‘80s from some shop on Broadway. … There was a point where Madonna was just everywhere, running around the park — she was just everywhere. And you can’t be that famous and not have people make comments, especially other people that are in your business. People are always asking me, “What do you think of this” and “What do you think of that,” but I don’t know her. … I don’t hate her at all!



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