Boy George doesn’t regard going to jail as a “unfavourable expertise”.
The Tradition Membership singer served 4 months behind bars in 2009 for falsely imprisoning a male escort and although he wouldn’t need to return to jail, he realized so much from that a part of his life.
In an interview with Reader’s Digest journal, he mentioned: “I all the time maintained that jail would end me off, but it surely didn’t.
“You by some means discover the energy. It was a life-changing expertise and I really feel I got here out of that scenario with some knowledge and data.
“I actually don’t view that interval in my life as unfavourable… However I wouldn’t need to return.”
The 59-year-old star admitted his “troubles” – which additionally included being sentenced to neighborhood service in 2006 after police in New York discovered cocaine in his residence – had been a invaluable life lesson, however additionally they reminded him he hasn’t absolutely shaken off the “nihilistic perspective” of his youth, which he desires to carry on to.
He mentioned: “I’ve all the time had a mistake in me, however that’s OK.
“So far as the troubles I had again in 2006 and 2009, after all they’re issues I’m not happy with.
“But on the identical time they remind me that I hadn’t shaken off that nihilistic perspective of the previous, nor would I ever need to.
“And each mistake is a optimistic life lesson … It truly is.”
Since giving up medicine, the ‘Karma Chameleon’ singer has a brand new appreciation for the world round him.
He mentioned: “Getting clear from the haze of medicine remodeled my life in methods I didn’t count on.
“There are the large issues, after all, however getting sober additionally led to me taking in nature a lot extra.
“I keep in mind once I first received clear, strolling over Hampstead Heath pondering, ‘I don’t know this place, I don’t recognise that tree over there, or that hill, or that meadow, regardless that it’d been there eternally.
“I feel I moved right here slightly prematurely in my 20s and didn’t correctly respect it due to all of the partying on the time.
“I’m older now – I can say, ‘Wow, it’s actually serene right here.’ “