Fame was mental: Boy George

Updated: Sep 01, 2013, 18:33 PM IST

London: Singer Boy George admits he didn`t enjoy the attention after becoming famous as the singer of Culture Club in the 1980s.

The 52-year-old pop star struggled with his hectic schedule and feels in more control of his life now that he has kicked drugs and booze, reported Contactmusic.

"It (fame) was mental. I don`t think I enjoyed it very much. That`s the difference between now and then. I really enjoy what I do, I have control over it and I don`t do everything. Back then, I was getting up in the morning, doing a hundred interviews, flying here, flying there. To start with it was really exciting but at a certain point you realise you`re having a breakdown.

"My policy now is, `What would Bowie do?` or, `What would the Queen Mother say?` ... Which is basically nothing. I have much more of a sense of where I want to go," he added.

The `Karma Chameleon` hitmaker served time in prison in recent years for falsely imprisoning a male escort and battled cocaine addiction.

George is releasing his first new album `This Is What I Do` in October.

"There was a period when people avoided me; friends would cross the street to swerve me. The energy around me was just so dark, so negative, that no one wanted to be around me."