Boy George Remembers Late George Michael: ‘We Used To Be Really Bitchy’
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The ’80s pop scene launched the careers of two iconic Georges, but on last night’s Watch What Happens Live!, Boy George said he and the late George Michael were hardly bosom buddies — at least not at the get-go.
“In the early days, we were competition to each other,” Boy George told Andy Cohen. “Both called George, both made soul music. So in the early days, we were really in competition. 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.”
Boy George acknowledged he and Michael did have a bit of an argument over the subject of Michael’s coming out, but Boy Goerge explained that it was more a symptom of pop culture at the time, and not necessarily indicative of his feelings toward Michael.
“We did [make peace, but] it wasn’t really a feud,” George recalled. “In the ’80s, everyone — Peter Burns, me — we all used to be really bitchy about each other. It’s like the thing that you did in the ’80s with those pop magazines. Now it’s the Housewives who do it.”
“But in the ’80s, you just said vile things about everyone,” he concluded.
And Boy George admitted he wasn’t really in touch with Michael as the 53-year-old approached death. Michael died in December 2016 from what was initially perceived as heart failure.
“I read stuff in the papers, but I never really knew really what — he really kept people out, he was quite private,” Boy George said.
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