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Boy George 'refused permission' to fly back to UK after I'm A Celeb exit

Gregory Robinson

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Boy George 'refused permission' to fly back to UK after I'm A Celeb exit

Boy George has allegedly been refused permission to return to the UK after he was voted off I'm a Celebrity... Get Me Out of Here!


The 61-year-old singer left the camp during Tuesday's episode (23rd November) and is reportedly 'desperate' to go home but is currently unable to due to contractual obligations.

"He wanted to go home immediately, he doesn't want to hang around," a source close to Boy George told Mail Online.

"The fact he has to stay in Australia for days now is an annoyance to him. He isn't fussed about sticking around for the final but that's what he has to do.

"He's travelled across the world his entire career and has seen Australia before so there's really no reason for him to be here, especially as he isn't concerned with catching up with his co-stars on the other side."

Boy George was voted off on Wednesday. Credit: ITV.
Boy George was voted off on Wednesday. Credit: ITV.

The Culture Club performer was just one of a lineup of celebrities who went into the jungle this year, which is back in Australia for the first time in two years.

During his time on the show, the singer – whose real name is George Alan O’Dowd – irritated some of his camp mates with his noisy meditation during unsociable hours.

The singer was also vocal about his disapproval of Matt Hancock joining the show, even threatening to quit.

Boy George said he's happy to leave the camp. Credit: ITV.
Boy George said he's happy to leave the camp. Credit: ITV.

“It's difficult for me because, you know, had something happened, if my mum had gone, I would have gone when he walked in,” he said.

George also criticised some of his campmates for not ‘being themselves’ but when he was asked about this during his exit interview with presenters Ant and Dec he refused to divulge any names.

George lasted 18 days and upon his exit, he told Ant and Dec on Tuesday that he was ‘happy’ to be leaving the camp.

“I am so looking forward to getting back into control," he declared.

During an interview with ITV before entering the jungle, the pop icon compared himself to the Iron Lady Margaret Thatcher.

He said: “I am a bit like Margaret Thatcher – I don’t sleep a lot.

“I find sleep a bit of a hindrance because I can’t get things done when I am asleep.

“I do like to chant, and I will find a corner to do it in camp.”

This is because Thatcher famously only slept for a matter of hours each night, and from watching Boy George in the jungle, he doesn't seem to get much shut-eye, either..

LADbible has approached Boy George's manager and ITV for comment.

Featured Image Credit: ITV

Topics: TV and Film, Celebrity

Gregory Robinson
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