Australians under the age of 25 probably know Boy George as the & # 39; diva & # 39; judge of The Voice, thanks to his feline persona, witty and furious attacks on the screen.
But the former Culture Club singer, whose real name is George D & D, was not always such a family-friendly figure.
Long before he was a TV personality for prime time, Boy George was a notorious tabloid figure who fights heroin use and once imprisoned a Norwegian male sex worker.
He is a Karma chameleon! He may seem harmless today, but The Voice Judge Boy George (photo) was once a man in trouble, fighting legal issues and a heroin addiction
Boy George burst into the music scene in the early 1980s with his band Culture Club, known for their number 1 hits Do You Really Want To Hurt Me? and Karma chameleon.
At that time, the English singer sent shock waves around the world with his flamboyant clothing and androgynous appearance.
Since then he has reinvented himself several times as a solo artist, DJ and writer of musicals, while he has also made headlines about various scandals.
The DJ burst into the music scene in the early 1980s with the number one hits Do You Really Want To Hurt Me from his group Culture Club? and Karma chameleon. Debbie Harry and Boy George in 1987 are depicted
In the mid-eighties, the gossip magazines exposed Boy George as a heroin addict. Boy George is shown in March 2006
In the mid-eighties, the gossip magazines exposed Boy George as a heroin addict.
Further drug problems and internal conflicts led to the ultimate demise of Culture Club in 1986.
He finally returned with a successful career as a solo artist in the late 1980s, before he reinvented himself as a much-acclaimed DJ ten years later.
Community service: the singer received community service in 2006 after pleading guilty of wrongly reporting a burglary in his apartment in New York. Boy George is depicted in August 2006 and cleans the streets of Lower Manhattan
His face says it all: in 2006 he was ordered to throw away waste in New York for a week as part of his community service. Boy George is depicted in August 2006 and cleans the streets of Lower Manhattan
In 2003, Boy George moved to the US when his autobiographical musical Taboo was transferred to Broadway.
However, his previous drug problems returned to his pursuit in 2005 when he was arrested in New York on suspicion of possession of cocaine.
The charge was eventually withdrawn, but Boy George received a community service sentence in 2006 after pleading guilty of wrongly reporting a burglary in his New York apartment.
He was instructed to sweep garbage off the street for a week as part of his community service.
End of an era: further drug problems and internal conflicts led to the ultimate demise of Culture Club shortly thereafter
Boy George reached his low point in December 2008 when he was convicted of the assault and false imprisonment of Norwegian male sex worker Audun Carlsen during a & # 39; psychotic episode & # 39; the year before.
The superstar who once said he preferred & # 39; a cup of tea & # 39; for sex, Mr. Carlsen tied to a radiator and hit him with a chain while he yelled about abuse.
At the time, Boy George was in the grip of a daily heroin habit of £ 400 a day.
Scandal: Mr. Carlsen, then 28 years old, said during the incident that George and an unnamed man were forced into handcuffs before being dragged across the floor, attached to a large bolt on the wall and beaten. Audun Carlsen is shown in November 2008
The couple had met through the gay dating service Gaydar Commercial, where Mr. Carlsen offered his services for & # 39; £ 400 a night & # 39 ;.
Carlsen, then 28, said that Boy George and another man forced him into handcuffs before being dragged across the floor, attached to a large bolt on the wall, and beaten.
He managed to free himself and fled into the street with his underpants and shouted pedestrians for help.
Verdict: the judge convicted his & # 39; premeditated & # 39 ;, & # 39; heartless & # 39; and drug-driven madness that traumatized Mr. Carlsen & # 39 ;, and said his victim & # 39; had been deprived of his freedom and human dignity & # 39 ;. Boy George is shown in January 2009
Prison: The star was imprisoned for 15 months for the attack on & # 39; gratuitous violence & # 39 ;. Boy George is pictured in August 2009
The judge sentenced his & # 39; premeditated & # 39 ;, & # 39; heartless & # 39; and drug-based madness that traumatized Mr. Carlsen & # 39 ;, and said Boy George & # 39; his freedom and human dignity & # 39; (the victim) has taken away & # 39 ;.
The star was imprisoned for 15 months for the attack of & # 39; unnecessary violence & # 39 ;.
Since then, Boy George has turned over a new magazine and celebrated a decade of austerity in April last year.
New leaf: since then the star has turned over a new leaf, celebrating a decade of austerity in April last year. Boy George is depicted in August 2009
Speaking of this incredible achievement, Boy George said last year: & I would say that everything is good in my life because I am clean and I can really enjoy what I do in a way I could not do before. & # 39;
In 2012, he said that practicing Nichiren Buddhism was the secret behind his austerity. By 2014 he had also adopted a completely raw vegan diet.
Boy George joined the cast of The Voice UK in 2016, replacing Tom Jones, and debuted the following year in the Australian series.
A new era begins: he joined the cast of The Voice UK in 2016, replacing Tom Jones, and debuted the following year on the Australian spin-off series. Pictured is Boy George on The Voice Australia 2019
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