The mother of Boy George offered to do his street-cleaning community service in New York, according to the flamboyant pop singer and DJ.
The musician was forced to sweep the streets for five days after he admitted wasting police time by falsely reporting a burglary at his New York apartment. His mother, once a cleaner, offered to do the stint for him, the singer revealed.
He said yesterday: "She gets worried about things and on the first day I called her and I just said, 'Am I bothered?' She asked, 'Who is it?' and I just said, 'Just ask if I'm bothered'."
He spoke of his close relationship to her, and how she was his greatest confidante. "I'm a nightmare, I tell her everything. She still gets shocked by the things I do. My mum wanted to come out and help me. She hears things in the news and people ring her up and tell her, 'Boy George is doing this or that'," he added.
He said one of the most painful aspects of his sentence to clean the streets was the prospect of wearing an unsightly uniform, but that, in the end, he enjoyed the experience. "At first, I thought I would have to wear an orange boilersuit. I don't look good in orange or a boiler-suit with my short legs.
"I was treated really nicely' it was worth it. I quite enjoyed it, really. I was pissed off to start with but people were jumping out of manholes to see me and being really nice. …