Boy George soared to fame with his 80s pop-soul band, Culture Club, which pumped out hit after hit with songs such as “Karma Chameleon,” “Do You Really Want to Hurt Me,” and “Miss Me Blind.”

But it wasn’t always glitz and glam for the musical frontman.

Boy George, whose real name is George Alan O’Dowd, was battling an addiction to drugs and alcohol. Back in 1986, Boy George was arrested for heroin possession. Then, 19 years later, he was taken into custody again for cocaine possession, according to Gay Star News.

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But trouble didn’t stop there. In 2008, the “Crying Game” singer was convicted of assault and sentenced to 15 months behind bars.

Regardless, Boy George pushed through and, earlier this year, had a stunning announcement to his fans: he was nine years sober.

Finally, after years of struggling with life-threatening addiction, the Culture Club frontman is ready to return to music. Boy George exclusively opened up to The Daily Mail and revealed that the final push he needed to re-enter the scene was fully embracing his sobriety. He explained:

“For the last couple of years I’ve been excited about what I’m doing. I suppose I’ve come back home through my troubles to quite a positive place, and I’m just happy. From having a coffee in Starbucks to signing a record deal, it’s all great.”

And he can’t help but smile:

“All that’s happening in my life is because I’m smiling, and I think that’s the best way to explain it.”

The 56-year-old singer has seen an uptick in his career as of late, securing a new residency in Las Vegas, signing a new record deal, and starring in a spread with Dior.

With a lot of hard work and, according to Boy George, a little luck, he was able to manifest greatness:

“I think these things happen because they’re meant to happen. I feel like if I look at my career, I do believe the world is a reflection of how you feel at the time, and it’s a mirror of where you are.”

The always flamboyant and extravagant Boy George is set to return to the stage in what is sure to be a magnificent display later this August.

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