Boy George has admitted to using a type 2 diabetes drug to help him shed weight (Picture: Nathan Congleton/NBC via Getty Images)
The Karma Chameleon singer, 62, has struggled with his weight for years, and has now revealed he’s getting help managing it from a drug intended to help those with diabetes.
He also revealed that in 2015 to 2018 he had three hair transplants, and also had a tummy tuck not long after this, which he described as ‘the most painful thing’ he’s ever experienced.
In his new autobiography Karma the star said he first took Ozempic – the Type 2 diabetes drug that has controversially become hugely popular among Hollywood stars trying to shed pounds – before he switched to Mounjaro, the brand name of a different antidiabetic medication.
In an extract of the book, published on January 9 and obtained by People, Boy George said: ‘I have struggled with my weight most of my life, and being under public and media scrutiny doesn’t help.
‘We are all guilty of saying, “Hasn’t so-and-so got big,” even when we are carrying extra pounds ourselves.’
The star claimed ‘everyone’ is doing it (Picture: Rick Kern/WireImage)
Boy George’s real name is George Alan O’Dowd (Picture: Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images)
The singer – real name George Alan O’Dowd – also opened up about not being able to control his appetite, as he loves food.
With the help of the drug, Boy George felt like he ‘finally got it under control’ as he added: ‘Well, I’m on Mounjaro. Isn’t everyone? Trust me anyone who was fat last year and is now skinny is on the wonder drug.’
Dubbing plastic surgery absolute agony, Boy George explained how he went on tour ‘straight after’ it with Cyndi Lauper and his ‘blood bag attached’.
Explaining the tummy tuck decision, he said: ‘I’d previously lost seven stone doing the metabolic balance diet and I needed to get rid of the excess skin.’
But despite this work, Boy George reckons he’s one of the only people in Hollywood who hasn’t had his face tweaked.
He also said he had a tummy tuck, but has never had work done to his face (Picture: Alan Chapman/Dave Benett/Getty Images)
He said: ‘I’ve never had Botox, though, and I might be the only person in show business with my own face.
‘I’m not frightened of getting old and I think I’ve grown into myself. It might seem weird to say I feel sexier but I actually do. I used to joke over the years, “Sexy at 60.” That was my ambition.’
While Ozempic is meant to only be used for people with diabetes, there is now a shortage sparked by others trying to secure a supply.
It has not been approved for weight loss in the UK and only has a licence for controlling blood sugar in type 2 diabetics.
Sharon Osbourne has been very open about her use of Ozempic (Picture: Dave Benett/Getty Images)
In a recent study, the jabs were found to heighten the probability of pancreatitis, bowel obstructions and ‘stomach paralysis’ in non-diabetics.
US researchers said that while it was ‘rare’, they warned hundreds of thousands of people could still be at risk around the world due to the drugs’ rising popularity.
Other celebrities who have admitted using a diabetes drug for weight loss include Sharon Osbourne.
The 70 year old recalled how Ozempic helped her lose 30 pounds, but now she’s struggling to put any back on after she was left ‘too thin’.
‘Now it’s got a reverse effect on me personally, I don’t know for everybody, I’m sure not. But I can’t put on weight now, no matter whatever I eat,’ she explained.
‘I’m stuck at this weight. And it’s like, my entire life I’ve wanted to be a certain weight, never got there, and now I have and it doesn’t suit me and I don’t like it and I can’t change it.’
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