Boy George denies insulting Madonna in the 80s blaming mistaken identity

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Culture Club singer Boy George has denied being rude to Madonna in the 80s claiming that it was actually Pete Burns who upset the Material Girl.

In his new book Karma: My Autobiography he talks about frequenting Steve Strange’s club The Camden Palace which opened in 1982.

“This is where Madonna alleges she met me, and I was bitchy,” he says.

“She describes me as head to toe in Westwood. Hmm, I was wearing Sue Clowes’s clothes religiously, so I assume it was Pete Burns who was rude in Westwood.

“He was certainly Sex, Music and Drama – Culture Club formation rude to me when we met on the stairs at Camden Palace,” George revealed.

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While he may not have insulted the Queen Of Pop in that venue he hasn’t minced his words about her in the past.

He once branded the Like A Virgin singer a “vile, hideous human being with no redeeming qualities”.

He also claimed that comparing Madonna with Marilyn Monroe was like “comparing Raquel Welch with the back of a bus” after the pop icon struck a Marilyn-esque pose for the 1991 cover of Vanity Fair.

“It’s not something I would say now… it’s really just, I’m actually a bit embarrassed I said that,” he told Jonathan Ross in 2021. “Madonna… she fascinates me. I love Madonna. Come on, how can you not? Of course I do. She’s my contemporary. I’ve actually just sold some paintings of Madonna that I did.

“I’ve not had the good sense to do that [work with her]. Could happen though. I wasn’t joking. Imagine me and Madonna on a record, it would be amazing come on,” he told the host.

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However, it doesn’t look like we can expect a duet from the pair anytime soon as Madonna is seemingly still holding a grudge having reportedly blanked the Karma Chameleon chart topper backstage at her recent gigs in the O2 in London.

Taking to X formerly known as Twitter last month George penned: “Everyone has asked, not unsurprisingly, did Madonna say hi since I was backstage and the answer is no. Like Adele she decided it was a step too far.” (sic)

Just this week he seemed to have resigned himself to the fact that there is no going back for the pair. In an interview on Heart Breakfast with Jamie Theakston and Amanda Holden he said their friendship was ‘over’ and it was ‘too late’ for them to reconcile.

“Like me and Madonna are never gonna be mates it’s over it’s too late. So, I’m just gonna say what I think of her…what everybody says anyway.”

Karma: My Autobiography, published by Bonnier Books Ltd, is available to purchase now.


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