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02nd Oct 2022

Boy George signs up for I’m A Celebrity after landing show’s biggest ever paycheck

April Curtin

GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - SEPTEMBER 25: Boy George of Culture Club performs during Playground Festival 2021 at Rouken Glen Park on September 25, 2021 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Lorne Thomson/Redferns)

He previously refused to be on the show because of outfit restrictions

Boy George will star in this year’s series of I’m A Celebrity…Get Me Out of Here! – bagging the biggest paycheck in the show’s 20-year history.

The Culture Club legend, 61, will head to Australia in November to live amongst other celebs and take on wild challenges, in the hope of eventually being crowned king of the jungle.

Boy George previously rejected multiple requests to be on the show, he claimed at an event in 2016, because of “serious clothing restrictions in the jungle”.

But MailOnline reports that the Karma Chameleon singer has just secured nearly $1 million to star in this year’s series, making him the highest-paid celeb since the show started in 2002.

An ITV source told MailOnline that they are “beyond excited” to have secured Boy George, who rose to fame in the eighties when he and other members of Culture Club first started out.

“It’s been a long time since we had a huge global star film the show and he will no doubt draw viewers,” the source added.

Boy George, whose real name is George Alan O’Dowd, had actually already told I’m A Celeb presenters Ant and Dec that he would love to appear on the show – though he did have one requirement.

Speaking to the duo on Saturday Night Takeaway, he said: “Unless you do a vegan version and then I’m in.”

It’s understood that the singer won’t be forced to eat any animal parts or insects in Bushtucker Trials, and will be served vegan alternatives during mealtimes.

The series will return to Murwillumbah in Australia this year, after two years filming at Gwyrch Castle in Wales due to covid restrictions.