He Didn’t Really Want to Hurt You

It was nice to read some good news about Boy George for a change. It seems he recently discovered that a religious artifact he bought from a London art dealer in 1985 had actually been stolen from the Church of Cyprus after the 1974 Turkish invasion, so he has returned it to its rightful owner.

Boy George and me at Epic Records circa 1983

Back in 1983, I was one of the first American journalists to interview George. We talked by phone while I was in New Jersey and he was at a recording studio in Great Britain. Later when he and Culture Club came to the U.S., I had a chance to speak with him in person.

Over the years, he has had his share of troubles, but hopefully he has his life back on the right track now, and I was glad to read that he has graciously returned the item to the Church of Cyprus.

“I have always been a friend of Cyprus and have looked after the icon for 26 years,” he told the BBC. “I look forward to seeing the icon on display in Cyprus for the moment and finally to the Church of Saint Charalambos from where it was illegally stolen.”

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