“Music is what has always saved me in all my difficult situations”

Boy George spoke about the importance of music in his life and how it helped him through difficult times.

The Culture Club singer is one of many celebrities to donate prizes to the Chris Evans Charity Auction for Ukraine. Other big names who donated prizes include Rod Stewart, Coldplay and Jared Leto.

For the price of Boy George, he is auctioning off all the rights to a song he wrote about Ukraine after visiting the country eight years ago.

Speaking to Evans on his ‘Chris Evans Breakfast Show with Sky’, the singer said: “I was there about eight years ago, I was there as a DJ and had the most amazing night and I remember thinking, this is such a beautiful place, I have to come back.

He continued: “I guess the spirit of this song is saying that Ukraine is a beautiful country and I hope it will be a beautiful country again, you know, and I looked at this young child the other day on Instagram saying, ‘Don’t be sad about all this’. It’s hard not to because, you know, we were just watching it and we were horrified and we felt helpless. And you know, for me, it’s just that music is the thing that has always saved me in all my difficult situations.

George also talked about wanting to return to Ukraine. “That was about eight years ago and which was really funny because I was working with my brother-in-law, my sister’s husband and everyone thought we were a couple. So people kept saying how long have you been together?

“I just remember thinking it was such a beautiful place. You know, it was summertime, I was picked up by this amazing kid who was like a punk rocker in this big American car like the ‘one of The Addams Family because my whole trip from start to finish was just magical. And I remember thinking, I have to go back, you know, and I would love to do that. I would like to go back and sing this song.

Announcing the auction earlier this week, Evans said: “Basically everyone we contacted to participate said yes.

“If we raise a ten, it’s a ten that they currently don’t have – but hopefully it’s a bit more than that.”

He added: “We are not committed to any optimistic outcome, we will just do it and send the check where it needs to go as soon as possible when the money comes in.”

Other prizes include lunch with Matthew Goode, Matt Smith, Hugh Bonneville, Colin Firth and Jack Savoretti; a five-course meal with Dame Emma Thompson, Hayley Atwell, Michelle Dockery, Vanessa Kirby and Sienna Miller; and four tickets to see Coldplay at Wembley Stadium with the opportunity to meet the band.

For the full list of items and experiences on offer, visit: auctionsforukraine.com.

Meanwhile, last month, Boy George announced the launch of an NFT collection titled CryptoQueenz, which was created to mark the release of seven new songs.