Karma Cameleon star Boy George, real name George Alan O'Dowd, admits he didn't enjoy being a celebrity when he rocketed to fame as the singer of Culture Club in the 1980's.
The 52-year-old singer admitted that he struggled with his hectic schedule and the pitfalls that can accompany a showbiz lifestyle.
Speaking to Q magazine, George said: ''It (fame) was mental. I don't think I enjoyed it very much. That's the difference between now and then. I really enjoy what I do, I have control over it and I don't do everything.
"Back then, I was getting up in the morning, doing a hundred interviews, flying here, flying there. To start with it was really exciting but at a certain point you realise you're having a breakdown.
''My policy now is, 'What would Bowie do?' or, 'What would the Queen Mother say?' ... which is basically nothing. I have much more of a sense of where I want to go.''
George, who is releasing his first new album of original material for 18 years, This Is What I Do, in October further opened up about the "dark time" in his life, saying: ''There was a period when people avoided me; friends would cross the street to swerve me.
"The energy around me was just so dark, so negative, that no one wanted to be around me.
"There's nothing great about being a ****, it's just not a nice thing to be. I'm not saying I was a complete **** but people want to be around me now.''