Sep 8 2013, 3:28am CDT | by Bang Showbiz
The 'Do You Really Want to Hurt Me' hitmaker has struggled with drug addiction throughout his life but he claims his recent commitment to the Eastern religion - which aims to end followers' suffering through the elimination of ignorance and desire - has stopped him from relapsing.
Quizzed on whether he misses drugs, the 52-year-old musician said: "No. No. I really took that to the ultimate conclusion. The last time I was out doing what we call 'research' I was thoroughly miserable but I couldn't stop myself. This is the curse of being an addict - you do something that's thoroughly unpleasant and you keep doing it. The difference between now and then is I know I'm an addict now.
"I went back to Buddhism last year. I messed around with it in the 80s - it was cosmetic then - but I'm really into it now. Chanting is all about polishing your mirror. What do you want to be? I feel like I'm out of chances; people have forgiven me so much, I can't let them down again."
The former Culture Club star also reveals he was incredibly inquisitive as a child and constantly questioned his parents - leading the way for his famed boisterous nature when he became famous.
George - who is releasing his first new album of original material for 18 years, 'This Is What I Do', in October - told Q magazine: "When I was really young, I was very quiet, very self-contained. Then, around the age of eight, it all went to hell. I always wanted to know why I couldn't do something - why I couldn't smoke, why I couldn't swear. I was always told to butt out of adult conversations and mind my own business. From the age of nine to about five years ago, I was out of control. The good news is I've finally grown up. I'm a much nicer kid now."
Source: Bang Showbiz
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