Boy George was so desperate to wear ladies' platform shoes during his teenage years, he was devastated when his mother was unable to find him the perfect pair.

The openly gay British singer was wowed by the footwear when he spotted his idol DAVID BOWIE sporting a similar pair, and finally resorted to having the shoes made for him when he rocketed to fame years later.

He tells the New York Daily News, "David Bowie had these shoes, they were girl's shoes, kind of cork-heeled slingbacks, and I wanted those.

"My mum went out four or five times and came back with shoes that weren't right, basically.

"When I first started CULTURE CLUB I got someone to make me those shoes, so I did eventually get the ones I wanted."