During a Tuesday appearance on Watch What Happens Live, Boy George admitted that he and George Michael were rivals before they became friends. "In the early days, we were competition to each other. Both called George, both made soul music. So in the early days, we were really in competition,” he explained. “Then sort of later on, I started to really appreciate him as a musician--you know, right around Faith. I started to really appreciate his talent.” He added, "In the ’80s, everyone--Peter Burns, me, we all used to be really b**chy about each other. It’s like the thing that you did in the ’80s with those pop magazines. Now it’s the Housewives who do it!” George went on to say that he and Michael were in touch "on and off," but that he wasn't aware of his personal issues. "I read stuff in the papers," he recalls. "But I never really knew really what--he really kept people out, he was quite private.