Boy George says he will try to avoid “pointless arguments” in the jungle during the upcoming series of I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here!
The former Culture Club frontman, 61, said he wanted to find space away from fellow campmates where he can do mindful practices including yoga and chanting. He joins the ITV show as it returns to the Australian jungle, alongside other famous faces including Mike Tindall, Love Island star Olivia Attwood, as well as former Health Secretary Matt Hancock.
Boy George said he had been persuaded to join the show by its “charming” hosts Ant McPartlin and Declan Donnelly, and that it was not as “hostile” as in the past. He told The Sun: “TV is very different.
“I’ve always watched the show and it’s not as aggressive as it used to be. If you go back to when, say, Johnny Rotten was on it or Katie Price — that was really hostile and that’s not something I would have enjoyed.
“You don’t really know how you’re going to react, but my appetite for pointless arguments is greatly diminished. I’m going to obviously do yoga and I chant… so I can hopefully find a space where I can do that because I think that will keep me more sane.”
The singer said he plans to be “as Boy Georgey as I can”, having previously revealed a customised look for the jungle – with large red polka dots sewn onto his khakis. It comes as former Spandau Ballet singer Tony Hadley, former I’m A Celebrity… contestant and long-time friend of Boy George, wished him luck for the show.