Pop stalwart Boy George has tempered his bitter feud with Madonna by confessing he's jealous of the MATERIAL GIRL's standing as the number one gay icon.

The KARMA CHAMELEON star infuriated Madonna last month (FEB05) when he slammed her for embracing the Kabbalah, the mystical offshoot of Judaism, claiming it preaches that homosexuality is a disease.

Madonna hit back, vehemently denying the Kabbalah is homophobic.

But rather than further fuel their war of words, openly homosexual George admits he's fascinated by Madonna's ever-changing image and outlook on life - and is a little jealous of her high position in gay culture.

He says, "It would be dishonest to say that there wasn't a degree of jealousy, not that it's something I lose sleep over. I don't think about her day and night.

"If someone like Madonna changes her morality and her stance on things people just accept it, whereas somebody else would be dragged over the coals for doing that. That amazes me and it is fascinating. She is very fascinating."

30/03/2005 02:30