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Boy George, the lead singer of Culture Club, is one of the legendary icons of the eighties. George had a number of hits that many fondly remember today like Karma Chameleon before he succumbed to addiction and disappeared off the radar. Now George is celebrating a decade sober, and he told Black Hill Pioneer that sobriety “has set me free.” 


George is currently a judge on the Australian edition of The Voice, and he said when you “get through the other side, you get a life beyond your wildest dreams because recovery really does set you free.”  


As The Fix reports, when George was in his second year of sobriety, he tried to get the late Amy Winehouse to get help in 2011. “Come to a meeting babe,” he told her. “Do you know how loved you are?” 


George’s sober date is March 2, 2008, and he said in an interview, “Now, I’m the person I should be. I cherish the moderate life now. I don’t want drama or complication. In the past, if someone were to ask me if I had any regrets, I would have said absolutely none. I would have been so defiant. Now, I can actually say that I do have lots of regrets. I think it’s good to be aware of what you’ve done and just say: ‘You know, I don’t want to do that again.’”