Boy George reveals how Richard Branson helped him during dark days of addiction

Boy George has opened up about his friend Richard Branson, who he feels forever indebted to. Richard offered a helping hand to the pop singer during his darkest days, when Boy George had split from boyfriend Jon Moss and spiralled into drug addiction. During his recovery period, Richard reached out. "I was really grateful, Richard [Branson] really tried to help me and I'll always thank him for that. It was very sweet of him," said the singer.

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Speaking on Piers Morgan's Life Stories, the 55-year-old added: "He took me away from the glare of publicity because obviously there were headlines 'Find him.' There was a hunt and so Richard gave me a safe haven at his house and that enabled me to try and get better but I didn't really realise at the time how long a journey it was going to be."

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The Karma Chameleon singer gave Piers an insight into just how low he felt during his addiction. There was a point when he was close to death, he said. "I was so in it that I couldn't have known, didn't know I was an addict, I didn't have no control over what I was doing," said Boy George. "I was so kind of lost in what was going on that it was impossible for me to have any kind of perspective." He added: "I have been very lucky because I have people that love me, my family have always been amazing, I've put them through a lot."

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The singer, whose full name is George Alan O'Dowd, praised his mother in particular. "My mum moved into my house at one point and when I did try to leave the house she would stand in front of the door and cry. I couldn't leave so having her there was a good thing because I couldn't go past her," he said. "I waited until there was an opportunity then I would sneak off. That's what addicts do, we're very conniving."

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Piers Morgan's Life Stories will be broadcast on ITV on 17 February at 9pm.

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