Boy George: Mum offered to clean streets

Sept. 8, 2006 at 2:24 PM
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LONDON, Sept. 8 (UPI) -- Boy George's mother offered to clean streets in New York for him as part of his community service, the flamboyant British pop singer says.

George was sentenced to five days of street sweeping after admitting to wasting police time by falsely reporting a burglary at his New York apartment, the Independent reported Friday.

George's mother was a cleaner at one point in her life.

He told the Independent Thursday, "She gets worried about things and on the first day I called her and I just said, 'Am I bothered?' She asked, 'Who is it?' and I just said, 'Just ask if I'm bothered'."

He also explained how she was his greatest confidante: "I'm a nightmare, I tell her everything. She still gets shocked by the things I do. My mum wanted to come out and help me. She hears things in the news and people ring her up and tell her, 'Boy George is doing this or that'."

He then went on to talk about his community service stint, saying "I was treated really nicely; it was worth it. I quite enjoyed it, really."

The Independent caught up with the pop star while he was launching his comeback song at the Met Bar in London. He performed a duet, "Time Machine," his first commercial single in eight years.

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