Boy George and Amy Winehouse
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10/10/2008 at 08:35 AM EDT
He's no stranger to drug abuse. Now Boy George is speaking out to encourage troubled singers Amy Winehouse
and George Michael to get clean.
"When I look at Amy and George, I know where they are, I know what they are," he tells Britain's The Times
. "I know what it's like to be clacking, sweaty and chaotic and to have no clarity."
Boy George, who had a heroin addiction in the 1980s, insists he finally kicked cocaine last year. His advice to his fellow Brits? "Seek the wisdom to soothe the soul."
Winehouse's troubles have been well documented
. Michael, meanwhile, was most recently arrested last month
Boy George, 47, is not without his own problems. He is due back in a London court in November to face a charge of false imprisonment. "I will be pleading not guilty, of course," he says. "I'm living in the moment. I know it's coming but I'm not worrying about it."
Asked if there could be another descent into drugs if the court sends him to jail, Boy George is adamant. "No. I'm clean and I'm staying that way. I have a lot of clarity in my life."
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