Throwback!  I'm A Celeb's Boy George looks unrecognizable in an unrecognizable picture taken after his jailing in 2009 while he remained under house arrest with friend Vicki McKellar (right)

I am A Celeb’s Boy George appears unrecognizable in unearthly snap

I am A Celeb star Boy George appears barely recognizable in a photograph taken shortly after he was launched from jail 13 years in the past.

The Tradition Membership icon, 61, was sentenced to fifteen months again in 2009 however was launched after 4 on good conduct and positioned below home arrest for six months.

Boy George, actual identify. George O’Dowd was discovered to have groped Norwegian mannequin and male escort Audun Carlsen towards a wall in January 2007.

Throwback! I am A Celeb’s Boy George appears unrecognizable in an unrecognizable image taken after his jailing in 2009 whereas he remained below home arrest with pal Vicki McKellar (proper)

He claimed he was excessive on cocaine and had a psychotic episode and is now clear and sober.

On the night time the image was taken, the singer had a bald head and no beard and was with out one in all his trademark hats or flamboyant make-up.

He has since undergone a hair transplant after being impressed by Wayne Rooney.

The brand new image was shared by Vicki McKellar, who was George’s pen pal when he was in jail and was proven carrying a glittery ‘666’ T-shirt throughout a celebration to have a good time his launch.

Vicki mentioned: ‘He wore a diabolical 666 T-shirt to make mild of his ordeal in jail.’

“George had mentioned his Could 11 launch date was a time to have a good time so he hosted a soiree at his home in Hampstead, north London, which is now listed on the market.

Makeup: George as he usually looks, with his dramatic eyeshadow and trademark hat

Make-up: George as he normally appears, along with his dramatic eyeshadow and trademark hat

“George’s forty eighth birthday was simply across the nook and he invited me alongside along with his family and friends.

‘I used to be buttering bread for the company when he walked as much as me and requested: “Why are you solely buttering one facet of the bread? We’re not in jail now”‘.

She continued: “He had a thorn in his ankle as a result of, though he had been launched from jail for good behaviour, he nonetheless needed to spend six months below home arrest.

“He was not allowed to be outdoors his home after his 7pm curfew.”

Playwright Vicki mentioned she and George danced within the kitchen and sang Buddhist songs, in addition to his personal file, Bow Down Mister with Jesus Loves You.

She mentioned: ‘George was standing proper on the sting of his front room and requested: ‘Am I okay to face right here? Will I be hauled again to jail if I set a toe over?

Latest venture: George is currently enjoying a stint on ITV show I'm A Celebrity

Newest enterprise: George is at the moment having fun with a stint on ITV present I am A Superstar

Vicki, from St Albans, turned George’s greatest fan after seeing him carry out Do You Actually Wish to Damage Me on Prime of the Pops in September 1982.

She mentioned: ‘I keep in mind staring in fascination on the TV display screen. I fell in love, or as a lot as you possibly can fall in love, once I was six years outdated.

“When Karma Chameleon hit primary a 12 months later, I met George for the primary time.

It was in Brent Cross buying heart when the entire band signed their first ebook, When Cameras Go Loopy. George signed my ebook and I almost handed out when he kissed me.

The following time I met George was outdoors the Purple Bus recording studios. I pushed my means by way of the gang of followers, and George instructed my mother she regarded like Elizabeth Taylor! She was so completely satisfied!

Vicki was at Snaresbrook Courtroom together with her brother Kevin when the pop icon was convicted of assault and false imprisonment by male escort Audun Carlsen.

Abuse: In December 2008, Boy George was convicted of assault and false imprisonment by Norwegian male sex worker Audun Carlsen (pictured) during a

Abuse: In December 2008, Boy George was convicted of assault and false imprisonment by Norwegian male intercourse employee Audun Carlsen (pictured) throughout a ‘psychotic episode’

“It was such a shock when George was jailed,” Vicki mentioned.

Vicki revealed how she wrote to George whereas he was serving his sentence at Pentonviille in London and Highpoint North Jail in Suffolk and he wrote a touching letter again to her thanking her for her loyal assist.

She mentioned: ‘I despatched George a ebook known as Solely Love is Actual: Soulmates Reunited by Dr Brian Weiss. I knew George was non secular and he would like it.

“George wrote me again immediately and I treasure that letter to at the present time.”

Vicki said:

Vicki mentioned: “George had mentioned his Could 11 launch date was a time to have a good time so he hosted a soiree at his home in Hampstead, north London, which is now listed on the market, (pictured)

Family: George's brother Kevin (pictured in 2009), used to date Vicki while George was in prison and took her on a date to the singer's home

Household: George’s brother Kevin (pictured in 2009), used up to now Vicki whereas George was in jail and took her on a date to the singer’s residence

In his letter, Boy George wrote: ‘Expensive Vicki. Bless you to your pretty letter and assist throughout this surreal chapter. Thanks additionally for the ebook, which I’ll add to my in depth library.

“It is an ideal present as I learn so much, jail gives the right alternative. Please belief I am in good spirits and searching ahead to the long run.

‘God bless you and plenty of like to you and all these you like. Bowl! G.’

Boy George and his brother, Kevin, invited Vicki to a Sunday roast at their mom Dinah’s home.

She mentioned: ‘It was there that George performed me a demo of a fantastic tune known as Lights, which he had written about his pal, Paul Starr, who had sadly died of AIDS.

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“I do not suppose it was ever launched, which is such a disgrace, as a result of it actually deserved to be a giant hit.”

She mentioned: ‘After the trial, George’s brother, Kevin, was devastated, as was I, that George had been jailed.

‘I pal requested Kevin on Fb and he accepted the request. He began messaging me and finally requested me on a date.

She mentioned they went to George’s Hampstead mansion, which is at the moment available on the market for £17 million, and it was there that Kevin confessed he was in love together with her.

Vicki mentioned: ‘Then we kissed…very passionately! I needed to cease it there, as a result of there was no means I used to be going to let issues go any additional in George’s home when he was in jail on the time.

“However Kevin and I ended courting for a 12 months earlier than our relationship ended.”

Vicki, is the co-creator of The Marilyn Conspiracy, a play which acquired rave opinions on the Edinburgh Fringe and is now set to launch in a London theater subsequent 12 months.

Vicki laughed at George’s 80s pop star singer pal, Marilyn.

She mentioned: ‘No, my play is just not about him! However about Marilyn Monroe and the tragic final days of her life, and why I strongly consider she was murdered.

“It is great how George has turned his life round since these darkish days in jail and I am so happy with him

‘Now I am praying that George wins I am A Superstar 2022 and is topped king – or queen! – of the jungle.’

As Boy George sells his lavish Hampstead residence, are Tradition Membership nonetheless singing within the Church of the Poison Thoughts… or are they victims of their very own success?


After initially leaving the band in 1986, most important songwriter George went on to have a profitable solo profession following the discharge of debut single All the things I Personal the next 12 months. To this point, he has launched 12 solo albums whereas working as a longtime DJ.

Well-known for his androgynous sense of favor and heavy use of make-up, George didn’t publicly focus on his sexuality till the 1995 launch of his autobiography, Take It Like A Man, wherein he confirmed that he was homosexual.


The band’s drummer and George’s secret lover of their early years, Moss fashioned Heartbeat UK after the break-up of Tradition Membership. He would additionally dabble within the late 80s acid home scene earlier than releasing music within the Nineties with the bands Promised Land and Yeah.

He’s a father of three with ex-wife Barbara Savage, who additionally owns a property close to George in north London.


Following the band’s break up, bassist Craig tried to interrupt out as a solo artist with the 1988 launch of his debut single. In 1988 he launched a solo single I am A Believer. Nevertheless, the observe did not make an impression on the UK Prime 40 and could be his solely launch from Tradition Membership.

All through the ’90s, Craig launched his personal dance label, SLAMM information, and served as govt producer on hits by Mr. & Mrs. Smith and Mankey.

He has additionally carried out with Child Creole and the Coconuts.


After leaving Tradition Membership, Hay fashioned This Approach As much as reasonable success, releasing singles Inform Me Why, If I Cannot Have You and Louise in 1987. The debut album Feeling Good About It was launched the identical 12 months.

In 1989 he moved to Los Angeles and commenced writing and growing music for up and coming artists earlier than turning to composition.

To date he has labored with the legendary Hans Zimmerman and is accountable for scoring the TV reveals Cracker and The Lifeless Zone.

Iconic: (clockwise from top left) Culture Club stars Boy George, Roy Hay, Mikey Craig, Jon Moss at the height of their fame in 1983

Iconic: (clockwise from high left) Tradition Membership stars Boy George, Roy Hay, Mikey Craig, Jon Moss on the peak of their fame in 1983

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