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Boy George has listed the Grade II listed Gothic and Italianate-inspired mansion Hampstead for £17 million.
The Culture Club singer, 61, has lived alone in the house for nearly 40 years – he bought it in the mid-1980s after the release of the band’s hit, Do You Really Want to Hurt Me?
The six-bedroom mansion that Boy George, [George O’Dowd] is covered in religious artifacts and expensive artwork, was built in 1868 and features interiors by renowned British interior designer Kelly Hoppen.
Ahead: Boy George has listed his listed six-bedroom Gothic Hampstead mansion for £17 million after a three-year refurbishment that left him embroiled in a battle with the council over a building permit
It underwent an ambitious three-year refurbishment, which first saw the singer embroiled in a battle with Camden Council over planning permission to extend the property and let in more light before a compromise was reached.
Boy George, reportedly worth £41.8 million, rented a flat in Soho while the works were taking place.
Result! The Culture Club singer, 61, has lived alone in the house for nearly 40 years – he bought it in the mid-1980s
The property, listed by Aston Chase, covers 5,453 square feet, with five of the six bedrooms – complete with their own dressing rooms and bathrooms. One room has a giant skylight instead of a traditional ceiling.
There is also a meditation room and a cinema room.
The house is decorated in a flamboyant style, there is a cast of David Bowie’s face, a Mr Brainwash piece about Kate Moss and plates in frames.
A piece sitting next to his bed represents a well-endowed naked man.
In 2021 Sebastian Shakespeare of the Daily Mail reported that Boy George was overseeing a stunning £100,000 refurbishment of the gardens near his home.
He needed permission to recreate the gardens due to the listed status of the house, which is in a conservation area.
His planning agent said at the time: “The proposals have been developed to provide a plan sympathetic to the historic structure and character of the property and to the wider conservation area.”
Colorful: The property occupies 5,453 square meters and is covered with works of art and religious artifacts
I’ll Tumble 4 Ya: George is a household name after rising to fame in the 1980s with pop group Culture Club (pictured on stage at Wembley Arena in 1984)
As Boy George sells his lavish Hampstead home, Culture Club is still singing at the Church of the Poison Mind…or are they victims of their own success?
After leaving the band in 1986, main songwriter George enjoyed a successful solo career following the release of the debut single Everything I Own the following year. To date, he has released 12 solo albums while also working as an established DJ.
Famous for his androgynous sense of style and heavy use of makeup, George didn’t discuss his sexuality until 1995 in the release of his autobiography Take It Like A Man, in which he confirmed he was gay.
The band’s drummer and George’s secret lover during their early years, Moss founded Heartbeat UK after the dissolution of Culture Club. He would also dabble in the acid house scene of the late 1980s before releasing music in the 1990s with the bands Promised Land and Yeah.
He is the father of three children with ex-wife Barbara Savage, who also owns a home near George in north London.
After the band’s divorce, bassist Craig tried to break through as a solo artist with the release of the debut single in 1988. In 1988, he released a solo single, I’m A Believer. However, the song had no impact on the UK top 40 and would be his only release on Culture Club.
During the 1990s, he launched his own dance label, SLAMM records, and served as executive producer of hits by Mr. & Mrs. Smith and Mankey.
He also performed with Kid Creole and the Coconuts.
Formed after leaving Culture Club Hay This Way Up to moderate success, release singles Tell Me Why, If I Can’t Have You and Louise in 1987. Debut album Feeling Good About It was released the same year.
In 1989 he moved to Los Angeles and began writing and developing music for emerging artists before turning to composition.
To date, he has collaborated with the legendary Hans Zimmerman and is responsible for creating music for TV shows Cracker and The Dead Zone.
Iconic: (clockwise from top left) Culture Club stars Boy George, Roy Hay, Mikey Craig, Jon Moss at the height of their fame in 1983
Where the magic happens: Five of the six bedrooms – complete with their own dressing rooms and bathrooms – and one room has a giant skylight instead of a traditional ceiling
It included a ‘stepped water feature with reflective bath’.
The star, who grew up in Eltham, south London, has previously merged two adjacent properties into his current home.
George previously battled addiction to heroin and other substances for over twenty years and after battling his demons, he told The Guardian: ‘London is my home, I feel most healthy when I’m here.’
He told Yahoo in 2015: “I got sober in 2008. March 2, 2008. I know the exact date. I always think of that day as ‘the day I got well.’
Wow! The star, who grew up in Eltham, south London, has previously merged two adjacent properties into his current home – he had undergone three years of renovations adding this glass extension that allowed more light into the property
Extravagant: George regularly shares photos of himself in the spacious building via social media, mainly Instagram
A place of tranquility: the bathrooms are decorated in a chic minimalist style
“I planned to get healthy by 40, but it took me another seven years of research to get to the point where I was like, ‘Okay, this isn’t working.'”
“I have to say it gets better and better the longer I’m sober.”
George’s initial plans for the house were rejected by the council about seven years ago before a compromise was made.
According to ES: Documents submitted in 2013 by Syte Architects of Soho wrote: ‘The house does not benefit from much natural light in the interior.
‘The front facade is oriented to the northeast. The rear has a south-west orientation, but a combination of factors means that the interior often suffers from poor levels and quality of natural light.’
The proposed extension is designed to create living spaces with a greater sense of connection to the garden and more natural light. These spaces will have a different atmosphere and character than the internal spaces in the existing home.’
Home sweet home: George poses in one of the rooms of his sprawling Hampstead home during a photo shoot in 2002