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I'm a Celeb viewers shocked after finding out Boy George's real name

Jess Hardiman

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I'm a Celeb viewers shocked after finding out Boy George's real name

Featured Image Credit: ITV / Simon Traylen / Alamy Stock Photo

I’m a Celebrity viewers have admitted they’re only just realising what Boy George’s real name is after he made his debut on the show last night – although at least they didn’t let on to the man himself, as one fellow contestant did.

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Culture Club singer Boy George is one of the UK’s most recognisable faces after shooting to fame in the 1980s with hit song ‘Karma Chameleon’.

But after the 61-year-old made a household name for himself with his stage moniker, it seems not everyone knows what he’s really called.

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Yep, unsurprisingly, the singer’s first name isn’t ‘Boy’, and his surname isn’t ‘George’.

Boy George. Credit: ITV
Boy George. Credit: ITV

Instead, his first name is actually George (who would have seen that one coming!?), while his surname is O’Dowd - making his full name George Alan O'Dowd.

The revelation seems to have gone over some people’s heads until they tuned in to the I’m a Celeb launch last night, with one viewer tweeting: “Genuinely never worked out that Boy George’s first name was George #ImACeleb.”

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Someone else said: “Not me and manisha thinking Boy George’s name is Boy and not George.”

Credit: Twitter
Credit: Twitter

Another joked: “Calling Boy George, just ‘George’ is so weird. His first name is obviously Boy #ImACeleb."

But fans of the show weren’t the only ones, as fellow contestant Owen Warner let it slip as he greeted the star, asking what his name was.

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Owen asked Boy George what his name was. Credit: ITV
Owen asked Boy George what his name was. Credit: ITV

The exchange left many people cringing, asking how the Hollyoaks actor didn’t know.

"Owen did not just ask Boy George his name #ImACeleb,” one viewer said.

Another commented: “Owen did NOT just ask Boy George what HIS NAME WAS.”

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A third wrote: “He asked Boy George what his name was!!!! WTAF who on earth is he.”

Unfortunately, this wasn't Owen's only faux pas of the night, as he also got slightly confused about who another of the celebs was.

As property expert Scarlette Douglas arrived, Boy George pointed out: "She's from A Place In The Sun"

Not understanding, Owen replied: "Whereabouts?"

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A stunned Boy George then clarified: "No, like the TV show."

Owen and Boy George with Scarlette and Sue. Credit: ITV
Owen and Boy George with Scarlette and Sue. Credit: ITV

Other celebs taking part in this year's I'm a Celeb include Love Island contestant Olivia Attwood, Loose Women's Charlene White and footballer Jill Scott.

Soap star Sue Cleaver is also on the bill, as are Gogglebox fave Babatunde Aleshe, radio host Chris Moyles and rugby player Mike Tindall.

But perhaps the most talked about contestant is former health minister Matt Hancock, who will be entering the show as a late arrival.

Topics: Im A Celebrity, TV And Film, Celebrity

Jess Hardiman
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