Boy George on George Michael Feud: ‘Everyone Was Bitchy In The 80s’

Boy George and George Michael were two UK pop superstars who rose up the charts at the same time in the 1980s.

And during an appearance on US talk show Watch What Happens Live, host Andy Cohen asked George if he and Michael were friends or rivals at the time.


“In the early days, we were competition to each other. Both called George, both made soul music,” Boy George said.

“Later on, I started to really appreciate him as a musician, you know, right around [1987 album] Faith. I started to really appreciate his talent.”

But was there any truth to the rumours of a feud?

“It wasn’t really a feud,” Boy George explained.

“In the 80s, everyone — Pete Burns, me, we all used to 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.”

Superstar George Michael passed away on Christmas Day last year, aged 53.

At the time, Boy George tweeted: “He was so loved and I hope he knew it because the sadness today is beyond words. Devastating. What a beautiful voice he had and his music will live on as a testament to his talent. I can’t believe he is gone.”