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EXC: Boy George details near altercation with Pete Burns before slamming ‘dull’ modern pop music

EXCLUSIVE ‘Having a nemesis in the 80s was essential!’ Boy George details altercation with the late Pete Burns before slamming modern pop music for being ‘quite dull’


Boy George has confessed he was once close to a blazing altercation with Pete Burns, adding that he always felt intimidated by the late Dead Or Alive frontman.

The Culture Club singer, 60, born George Alan O’Dowd, also made it known he can’t stand modern pop music since it has become ‘quite dull’ since his days of ruling the 1980s charts.

He exclusively told MailOnline: ‘There’s been a handful of people and moments where I’ve felt intimidated… I once had an altercation with Pete Burns.

EXCLUSIVE ‘Having a nemesis in the 80s was essential!’ Boy George has detailed a near altercation with the late Pete Burns before slamming modern pop music for being ‘quite dull’

‘I thought he was coming over to start so I got myself all puffed up for the moment because we were really angry with each other.

‘Oh it was the 80s. Everyone was angry with everyone, it’s just the thing. You had to have a nemesis in the 80s. It was essential.’

Much to his surprise, the You Spin Me Round hitmaker, who tragically passed away from a cardiac arrest aged 57 in 2016, proved there was no bad blood with a warm gesture.

George continued: ‘It went really well in the end because he was actually coming over to be friendly and then he shook my hand.’

Reminiscing: He exclusively told MailOnline: 'There's been a handful of people and moments where I've felt intimidated... I once had an altercation with Pete Burns' (pictured in 1991)

Reminiscing: He exclusively told MailOnline: ‘There’s been a handful of people and moments where I’ve felt intimidated… I once had an altercation with Pete Burns’ (pictured in 1991)

Despite his friendly feud with the star, who declared himself as bankrupt following a love of cosmetic surgery, George vowed to pay for Pete’s funeral six years ago.

His wife Lynne had been struggling to afford the service, and the former The Voice UK coach wanted to save them from setting up a crowdfunding page. 

He also tweeted at the time: ‘Tearful about the passing of @PeteBurnsICON he was one of our great true eccentrics and such a big part of my life! Wow. Hard to believe!’

A musical icon, George went on to slate contemporary pop stars for ‘dialing it in’ and ‘giving people what they expect’ during his interview with MailOnline.

The Karma Chameleon songster claimed: ‘I think it’s always hard to be interesting. I think pop music has got quite dull, I have to say.

‘My favourite type of music is sort of Missy Elliott, Bowie. That’s pop music. Things that have got a bit of an edge to them. That’s what we’re looking for.

‘We don’t want pop stars to just to kind of dial it in and give us what we expect. I’m very objective about it. I’m a songwriter, that’s what I do.’ 

Hilarious: George continued: 'It went really well in the end because he was actually coming over to be friendly and then he shook my hand' (pictured in 1982)

Hilarious: George continued: ‘It went really well in the end because he was actually coming over to be friendly and then he shook my hand’ (pictured in 1982)

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