BOY George became the fourth campmate to be evicted from ‘I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here!’ last night.
The Culture Club singer, 61, came in the bottom two on Tuesday night’s episode of the show after the public cast their votes, along with 48-year-old DJ Chris Moyles.
After hosts Ant McPartlin and Declan Donnelly broke the news, George promised his fellow competitors: “I’ll tell you what it’s like when it’s out.”
Boy George revealed to Politicalite: “I am sort of ready. I had an amazing time and I’ve done a lot of things I thought I’d never do. I’m excited to see my sister.
“I had to forget who I was the whole time I was in here, I had to let it go. I just had to get over it.
“I just had to say, ‘I’m in the jungle, I’ve had no control.’
“Being really honest, I am happy to go today. It’s not something I thought I would ever do but it’s a lot tougher than I thought.
“I think it really makes you appreciate what you have and the people that you love.”
It came after he told his campmates his success was shrugged off by his physically abusive dad.
The singer said his late father Jeremiah’s tactic was to try and keep him down to earth after he found fame.
When asked by Babatúndé Aleshe: “What was your dad’s reaction when you made it?”, George replied: “I was playing at the Albert Hall and it was kind of a big gig, it was kind of early on and my sister’s best friend’s husband said to my dad, ‘You must be really proud of him?’
“My dad goes, ‘Yeah, he does what he does and I do what I do.’”
George added in the Bush Telegraph: “I think that comment was about, ‘Don’t blow smoke up his a*** because it’s not good for him.’”
The singer, whose dad died in 2003, continued in the creek: “Or my mum used to say, ‘You never say you love me’ and he’d say, ‘I’m here aren’t I?’”
Babatúndé said: “This generation, all we do is tell our children that we love them.”
But George replied: “You should… my dad was a builder, owned his own firm. He was a gambler. He would take £10,000 and put it on a dog. Dad would say, ‘Don’t answer the door… the bailiffs, or the gas man was coming… .’”
Born George Alan O’Dowd at Barnehurst Hospital, Kent, on 14 June 1961, the singer’s parents are Irish couple Jeremiah and Dinah O’Dowd.
George, who has four brothers and one sister, grew up in Eltham, London, and his mum has spoken of the beatings she received at the hands of Jeremiah.
In 2017, he told ‘Piers Morgan’s Life Stories’: “My dad was quite an extreme man. (He) could lose his temper and chuck the entire Sunday dinner over and everybody went hungry.
“He hit us all the time, punched us, but everyone in the ’70s punched you. It happened a lot.
“He’d fly off the handle quite easily but he was also extremely charismatic and funny. He was a real contradiction and it wasn’t until I got to about 15 or 16 that I realised how strong my mum was.”
Tuesday’s ‘I’m A Celebrity…’ also saw Chris and Owen Warner taking on a ‘Deals on Wheels’ challenge.
They earned the dingo dollars and learned the treat up for grabs was an envelope with the England vs Iran World Cup score in it and chocolate brownies.
The campmates also got to visit the Jungle Arms bar.
But to win pub grub, including crisps and chips, they had to take part in a jungle-inspired game of beer pong.
Then they took it in turns on karaoke, with the group singing Culture Club’s ‘Karma Chameleon’.
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