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Boy George opens up about sobriety

Published 04/11/2013 | 10:36

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Boy George said he works hard at staying sober

Boy George has told how he is beating his addiction problems.

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The music star has previously battled a drug problem but is now on the straight and narrow and said he puts a lot of work into maintaining his sobriety, reported the Daily Mirror.

The star - real name George O'Dowd - said he changed his life after serving time in prison in 2009 for the assault and false imprisonment of a male escort.

He said: "I invest a lot of work into my sobriety, into staying clean. I'm not prepared to give that up for anything or anyone."

George, 52 - who credits his family with helping him beat his demons - revealed he sees himself as a different person these days.

"I look back on how I was and think, 'Who the hell were you? How the hell did you even cross the road when you were like that?' And I'm not even talking about when I was off my head, I'm talking about when I was normal. I was pretty much bonkers," he admitted.

"I don't think I'm that person now.

"The good news is I know I'm an addict, that's something I've become very aware of. As an addict in recovery I know I can't do one of anything, even a cigarette. These aren't options for me any more and that really is the big change for me."

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