10:06 AM EDT 07/10/2016
Originally posted 10/10/2008 09:30AM
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."
Originally posted 09/21/2008 09:30AM
George Michael was arrested in London Friday after being discovered with what police say were Class A and a Class C drugs, according to reports Sunday.
The singer, 45, was cautioned and has not been charged.
A Scotland Yard press spokesman says, "A 45-year-old man male was arrested on Sept. 19 in the Hampstead Heath area on suspicion of the possession of drugs."
While the statement did not name Michael, other sources confirmed his identity, CNN reports.
Originally posted 06/26/2008 02:15PM
George Michael gave Dr. Phil McGraw a little tough love at his concert Wednesday night at the L.A. Forum.
"I probably shouldn’t say this, but it’s very me. Dr. Phil is here, and in the sea of faces he has this miserable look – he's been doing it for the last hour," the British singer said from the stage at McGraw, who was in the audience. "Maybe you need to see someone about that."
Originally posted 06/20/2008 09:35AM
George Michael, who kicked off his North American tour in San Diego on Tuesday, calls California's legalization of gay marriage "fantastic."
Last month's court decision overturning an 8-year-old ban was "way overdue," the 44-year-old, British pop star, who is openly gay, told the Associated Press. "It's something that happened ... almost without a whisper in England, but it was basically because we weren't that concerned about the word 'marriage.'"
In the U.S., he added, "There are a huge number of people who want [their] unions to be part of something that they can place in their religion, so [marriage is] much more important here. I think that's why it's so long in arriving here, but I think it's fantastic, obviously."
The singer's "25 Live" tour began at the San Diego Sports Arena the day after the California Supreme Court's ruling took effect. It is his first North American tour in 17 years.
Originally posted 06/16/2008 01:30PM
George Michael is set to kick off his highly-anticipated 25 LIVE tour Tuesday in San Diego – and the road trip is long overdue, the singer says in a video interview provided to PEOPLE exclusively. "I should have done it a long time ago," he says of the tour, which is his first in North America in 17 years. Calling the performance a "way better show" than anything he's done in the past, Michael says the performance will encompass material from his solo career and his time in Wham!
The singer's North American dates, which include stops in Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Seattle, Vancouver, Minneapolis, Chicago, Dallas, Houston, New York, comes after a successful spate of European shows. "I've been doing a lot of work, changing [the show] and improving it," says Michael. "I'm dancing – or walking – on a stage that's completely illuminated."
Originally posted 05/30/2007 05:05PM
George Michael's system contained a drug cocktail at the time of his arrest in his car last year, the prosecution informed a London court on Wednesday, the BBC reports.
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