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Boy George reveals why he didn’t play at Live Aid

Boy George has shared the reason why he didn’t perform at the famous Live Aid concert 35 years ago at Wembley Stadium.

The former Culture Club leader was rumoured to play at the show alongside the likes of Queen, Elton John and David Bowie but didn’t take to the stage which surprised many but he has now cleared up why this was the case.

Speaking to documentary maker supremo Louis Theroux on his ‘Grounded Podcast’, Boy George explained all: “I messed it up. I was otherwise engaged chemically. I mean, I think it was a stroke of luck that we didn’t do it because I wasn’t in a fit state to do it.”

He added: “We were originally asked but then I think everyone was just looking at the state of me and going, ‘this might be more harmful than good’. So, they basically didn’t follow up on it.”

Last year, it was revealed that Sacha Gervasi, the director behind 2012 film Hitchcock, is writing and producing the planned feature film which explores Boy George’s life. According to Deadline, the film will begin with Boy George’s humble, working-class Irish upbringing and follow him right up to his stardom with ’80s band Culture Club.

The film will be “a trailblazer and a true original,” Gervasi told Deadline. “In the London clubs of the ’80s, George was impossible to miss and everyone knew he would be a star long before the world had ever heard a note of Culture Club’s iconic songs.

“As you can imagine, George’s life story is wickedly entertaining, yet also poignant and inspiring. I’m both honoured and excited to be the one to guide it onto the big screen.”

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