Now Two Years Sober, '80s Pop Icon Boy George Invites Amy Winehouse to Join Him at AA

By Donel DeFreese 07/01/11

Boy George, Elton John, Eric Clapton, Bono, Marianne Faithfull,  George Michael, Ozxzy Osbourne, Amy Winehouse—how do you sign up for that meeting?

“Do you really want to hurt me?"

Culture Club's androgynous superstar Boy George—remember him?—is back in the news this week, after tweeting a heartfelt invitation to struggling songstress Amy Winehouse to join him in AA: "Come to a meeting babe," he tweeted to his followers. "Do you know how loved you are?" After posting a video of the soused songtress's now notorious Belgrade concert,  which resulted in the cancellation of her hyped comeback tour, George added, "Step 1 is all about that realization, I hope I don't sound judgmental, I'm really not!..."

Recently turned 50 and now more than two years sober, the 80s pop icon and lead singer for the multiple-platinum selling band Culture Club readily admits that his own life has been “a spectacular disaster” at times. In an interview with the UK Daily Mail, George says he recalls the exact date—March 2, 2008—when he became drug and alcohol free at last. “Now, I’m the person I should be. I cherish the moderate life now. I don’t want drama or complication,” he said. “In the past, if someone were to ask me if I had any regrets, I would have said absolutely none. I would have been so defiant. Now, I can actually say that I do have lots of regrets.  I think it’s good to be aware of what you’ve done and just say:  “You know, I don’t want to do that again.”

As part of a community service stint he undertook in 2006 to settle charges of filing a false report of a burglary. As penance  he spent a week sweeping up the streets of New York as a maintenance worker. "At first I thought I would have to wear an orange boiler suit,” he told BBC News back then. “I don't look good in orange or a boiler suit with my short legs." The former George O’Dowd acknowledged that the trick to the gig was to “just to do your job. You get tea breaks and stuff. It can be a real laugh. New York is so clean now you could eat your dinner off its streets."

Boy George is currently headlining the hit "Here and Now" tours in England, filling in as a radio DJ, and working on a possible Culture Club reunion and world tour. Winehouse, who has kept a dignified silence since her Serbian mishap, had no comments on the singer's tweets.

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