The 50-year-old singer, who will reunite with Culture Club next year to mark their 30th anniversary, said that he is finally on the right path after the recent dramas in his personal life.
George told the Daily Mail: "The young me was quite belligerent and self-destructive. Unfortunately, people know me recently for lots of drama. For being arrested and going to prison. I've got my work cut out to remind them what I actually do.
"My life hasn't always been a disaster, it's just that when it has, it's been a spectacular disaster. I've never done it by half-measures. All the worst possible things that could have happened, happened to me - being arrested in America was one of my worst nightmares."
George was arrested in Manhattan in 2005 on suspicion of falsely reporting a burglary, to which he later pleaded guilty. He was also convicted in Snaresbrook Crown Court in London for the assault and false imprisonment of a male escort in 2009 and was sentenced to 15 months' imprisonment. He was released in May 2009 after four months but was required to wear an ankle monitor for 90 days.
The star, who has also battled drug addiction, insisted that he has always had good morals, despite his brushes with the law.
"I've never been a bad person," he said. "There's always been a side of me that's been quite proper, but it's got distracted here and there. Now, I'm the person I should be. I wish I'd done all this [clean living] 20 years ago. I wish I'd gone running with Madonna when she asked me 20 years ago. I used to say, 'I only run when people chase me'. But I get it now."
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