Boy George was forced to wear bulletproof vest on stage after harrowing death threats

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The death threats sent to Boy George were so serious he was forced to wear a bulletproof vest on stage.

Music legend George, 59, explained how he feared for his life back in the 1980s after taking the world by storm.

He pushed ahead with a planned Culture Club gig in Louisiana – hours after receiving the harrowing threats from what he called crazed religious groups.

While touring America he was bombarded with vile messages but the star refused to pull the plug on the performances – instead taking drastic action to stay safe.

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The gay icon, real name George Alan O'Dowd, is forever known for his colourful style and wouldn't hide who he was for anyone.

But he had the perfect response to the homophobes.

He revealed: “People [in America] were genuinely gorgeous but there were a few times [he received threats].

“In fact there was one night on Halloween when I had to go on stage wearing a bulletproof vest.

“I wasn’t happy about that because it made me look really fat so I was really miserable about it," the star added.

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“There were a few times, I used to get a lot of those sort of religious groups coming to the gigs with signs saying ‘if sex is a sin what is Boy George?’ and all of that stuff.

“They moved on to Marilyn Manson but for years we used to get those people and I used to sort of open the top of the limousine and get out and blow them a kiss.”

The star recently sat down for an interview with GQ Magazine – and revealed what he blew his first ever Culture Club pay cheque on.

"Buying expensive make-up and clothes after we were signed," he revealed.

"Up until we became successful, my make-up was just random pots I’d had for years, all applied with the fingers, so being able to go to the posh counters was great.

"In those days you’d get a lot of gyp as a man at the make-up counters."

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