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Boy George regrets not getting sober sooner

Boy George has admitted that he regrets not getting clean years ago. 

The Culture Club frontman has spoken out about his drugs and alcohol influenced past, and explained to the Daily Mail newspaper that he wishes he'd "done all this 20 years ago":

"I wish I'd done all this 20 years ago. I wish I'd gone running with Madonna when she asked me 20 years ago. I used to say, 'I only run when people chase me.' But I get it now."

"I wanted to give up all the self-medicating things I was doing. I remember saying, 'I won't be like this at 40.' But I was. In fact, it got worse."

He also talked candidly about his jail term after being sentenced to 15 months for assault and false imprisonment of a male escort back in 2008 and revealed the only way he could deal with it was to tell himself he isn't that person anymore:

"I was able to get through it by telling myself the person being prosecuted and going to prison wasn't me, it was that person I was a few months ago. I had to say to myself, 'This is not who you are any more.'"

Culture Club recently announced that they are planning a return to the music scene and you can watch him talk about his 'Karma Chameleon' band in an interview with 'This Morning' here: