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George salutes his new life

PUBLISHED: 11:04 14 May 2009 | UPDATED: 16:41 25 August 2010

RELEASED: Boy George is released four months into his sentence, shows his delight to the camera.

RELEASED: Boy George is released four months into his sentence, shows his delight to the camera.

FANS of Boy George say prison gave him a new perspective after the singer was released from prison four months into his 15 month sentence.

FANS of Boy George say prison gave him a new perspective after the singer was released from prison four months into his 15 month sentence.

The 47-year-old singer, who was born and raised in Eltham, was released from Edmunds Hill Prison in Suffolk on Monday.

He was jailed in January for handcuffing a male escort to his bed in his Shoreditch flat and chasing him down the street with a chain.

Upon release he was greeted by friends and family outside prison where he showed off his slimmer look and grey beard.

The singer, whose real name is George O'Dowd, is now expected to wear an electronic tag during the remaining 11 months of his sentence.

Friend Michael Fontana, also known as Eileen Dover, said: "It was a good thing for him to have a rest though a retreat would have been better than prison.

"I think he has a new perspective and perhaps prison gave him that.

"I can't wait to see what kind of looks he cooks up now that he is bearded.

"I think he looks amazing. I feel that as a person who struggles with addiction myself, I have experienced situations that have put me in a controversial position.

"He is a wonderful person who inspired my sobriety in 2003 and I hope he stays sober and continues to be the creative genius that he is.

"Let us not forget, he is human. He is held up to higher expectations and if those who criticized him were in the public eye for ten minutes they'd crumble.

"He is strong and I believe stronger now than before. I think his friendships and family relationships will take on new meaning now and I know great things will come from this incredible man.

"I hope he finds someone who loves him for who he really is, not his celebrity or money. He deserves all the happiness life has to offer."

marina.soteriou@archant.co.uk

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