Today we’re taking a look at pop stars who have lost it in the looks department. See what a stunner Boy George was back in the Culture Club days. Now, nearly three decades after ‘Do You Really Want To Hurt Me?’, rampant heroin abuse, several arrests and a stint in prison for tieing a guy to a wall have taken their toll. Pic: PA Photos
Andrew Ridgeley might not have the same wild lifestyle as his less famous partner from Wham! (he lives in Cornwall and is a member of CAMRA) but time has taken its toll nonetheless. Pic: PA Photos/Famous
Seen here (left) back in The Smashing Pumpkins’ early days, Billy Corgan was a psychedelic-shirted stud. Catch him now in full sci-fi, District 9, leather skirted slaphead mode and you might think differently. Pic: Rex Features/PA Photos
“Gary Glitter’s gone to seed” sung Ultrasound in 1998, shortly after his arrest for storing child pornography. Looks like the years of shame, deportation and prison sentences since then haven’t been too kind to him. Pic: PA Photos
Adam Ant doesn’t share the same addictions as the rest of this rogues gallery – in fact he was teetotal for 23 years – but nevertheless a lengthy career in the biz and that obligatory arrest (in his case for threatening people with an imitation firearm) have weathered him somewhat. Pic: PA Photos
Erstwhile member of Kajagoogoo Limahl’s recent comeback on various reality shows and reunion tours drew our attention to what the pop life can do to a man. The poor guy was photographed stepping out of a job centre in the ’90s too. Pic: PA Photos
Wendy James shot to fame in the eighties as the sexy singer of Transvision Vamp but lost it around 1991 and now looks about two generations older than she is, with a penchant for stealing Little Boots’ bathmats. Pic: PA Photos/Getty Images
Heroin abuse? Check. Arrest for shoplifting? Check. Massively fluctuating weight? Check. Nervous breakdown? Checkmate. It all left Visage’s Steve Strange with a very haggard-looking visage indeed.
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Howard Jones was once the pin-up of the ’80s new wave scene, his feathered hair the envy of a many a budding synth-pop star. Nowadays, not so much. Pic: PA Photos
Nik Kershaw’s meteoric rise to fame in the ’80s saw a nation swoon and half the country working on their coiffeurs and practising that rolled-up sleeves look. He’s still going strong, but only inspires the odd music teacher from a sartorial point of view now. Pic: PA Photos
In the early ’70s axe-shredder Eddie Van Halen was every groupie’s favourite. Now though, age and a recent alcohol addiction have washed away most of his youthful good looks. Pic: PA Photos
It might be hard to believe, but the dead gopher slumped over Bono’s bonce on the left helped make him one of the most desirable frontmen in the world, and it was infinitely preferable to the screaming Gollum-in-goggles we have to deal with these days. Pic: PA Photos/Rex Features
Cyndi Lauper was – despite her kooky style – quite a sex symbol in her ‘Girls Just Wanna Have Fun’ heyday. Fast forward two decades and she’s more on the friends-mum-that’s-into-sorcery side of sexy.
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William Bruce Rose Jr (otherwise known to his ex-mates as Axl) used to be an unlikely loverman in his tight speedos, but the relentless demands of his titanic ego and of course that terrible dreadlock decision have wiped any kudos from the singer. Pic: PA Photos