Boy George is a British singer, songwriter and DJ who rose to fame in the 1980s. He was the lead vocalist for the pop band Culture Club, which has sold over 50 million records worldwide.

Early Life

Born George Alan O'Dowd on June 14th, 1961 in London, England, to Irish parents, Boy George grew up in a working-class family. His childhood was marked by his love of music and fashion, which he explored through dressing up and experimenting with makeup.


In 1981, Boy George formed Culture Club with members Roy Hay, Mikey Craig and Jon Moss. Their debut album "Kissing to Be Clever" released in 1982 includes some of their biggest hits including "Do You Really Want to Hurt Me," and "Time (Clock of the Heart)."

Though successful as a musician in the '80s with hits like “Karma Chameleon,” "Church Of The Poison Mind” and “It's A Miracle,” Boy George struggled with drug addiction during this time.

He continued to be a successful solo artist during his later years collaborating with several popular DJs such as Erick Morillo while also occasionally reuniting with Culture Club for tours.

Personal Life

Boy Goerge is openly gay and has been an outspoken advocate for LGBTQ rights. He has been involved in various charitable organizations throughout his career focusing on humanitarian issues such as HIV awareness campaigns.


Boy George's contribution to music has had an enormous impact on pop culture. From leading Culture Club's success as one of the biggest bands of its time to continuing his influence as a solo artist well into his later years - it is undeniable that he is one of the most significant figures in pop music history.