UK pop superstars Boy George and George Michael both rose up the pop charts at the same time. George recently discussed their infamous feud on a US talk show. “In the 80s, you just said vile things about everyone,” he said.
He appeared on US talk show Watch What Happens Live. During the show, host Andy Cohen asked George whether he would describe himself and Michael as friends or rivals at the time.
“In the early days, we were competition to each other. Both called George, both made soul music,” said Boy George.
“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.”
The former Culture Club singer criticised George for not coming out during the 80s.
In return Michael labelled George a ‘bitch’.
The pair never spoke for 25 years.
George Michael like a “pre-war homosexual”
Even in 2005, Boy George poured fuel on the fire.
“People saw me as the benchmark queer while George Michael passed himself off as a straight stud,” George said.
“In fact, he loitered in public loos like some pre-war homosexual.
“It’s one thing to keep quiet. It’s another to pretend you’re someone you’re not.”
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. His music will live on as a testament to his talent. I can’t believe he is gone.”
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