|"I'll Tumble 4 Ya, for £1million!!!"|
The androgynous Karma Chameleon is asking producers of the Channel 5 UK series to up their asking price to £1million from their original offer of £750,000. The 50-year-old star, real name George O'Dowd, was at first banned from appearing on the reality series when it was a part of rival network Channel 4's lineup, due to his arrests for drugs in the United States and an arrest for false imprisonment after handcuffing a Norwegian "male escort" inside of his London mansion in 2007. He was also arrested in his New York City apartment when police found drugs inside his residence after the singer called 911 emergency services. O'Dowd avoided jail time by opting for community service and was seen in a bright orange jump suit collecting trash from the streets of New York.
It's been a long, troubled road for The Boy over the years, and his battles with substance abuse have been well-chronicled. Celebrity Brother UK has successfully re-launched the careers and images of several pop stars over the years, most notably fellow 80s throwback Pete Burns, lead singer of the band Dead or Alive. Burns made a spectacle of himself on the series with his bizarre facial features, due to an addiction to horrible plastic surgery!
In spite of his troubles, O'Dowd has managed to maintain his impressive fortune, and is estimated to be worth over £80 million, making him one of the wealthiest pop stars in Great Britain.