Boy George has returned a stolen religious artifact to the Church of Cyprus 26 years after he bought it at auction. The pop star was stunned to learn the Christ icon he picked up at a London art sale in 1985 was taken from the church during the Turkish invasion a decade before.
After the recent discovery, the "Do You Really Want To Hurt Me" singer did not hesitate to give the item back. He tells the BBC the icon is now housed in a church in the village of New Chorio-Kythrea.
He says, "I have always been a friend of Cyprus and have looked after the icon for 26 years. I'm happy the icon is going back to its original rightful home."
Bishop Porfyrios of Neapolis thanked the singer as he handed over the icon at the St Anagyre church in London.