A new-age guru to the stars is being sued by the mother of his child in a unique bid to secure a 'common law divorce' payout.
Simon Brown, who says that his teachings 'come from a place of love', is disputing the mother of his 16-year-old son’s right to a share of his wealth or the £500,000 home they shared for more than 15 years, despite her claim that they were 'man and wife' in all but a legal sense.
Mr Brown, who practices holistic health therapies and counts Boy George and Alicia Silverstone amongst his celebrity clients, is facing a High Court claim for half of his wealth from former partner Dragana Brown.
This includes a 50 per cent share of his flat in Camden, West London, half the value of his collection of classic Jaguar cars and half the royalties for two of his books written since September 2010.
Although the couple share the same surname they are not married.
Ms Brown,a 48-year-old macrobiotic chef, co-authored a cookery book with Boy George about the diet which is based around grains, local vegetables, and avoiding animals products and processed foods, and is linked with the belief that food quality can affect health, happiness and well-being.
Famous followers of the diet are said to include actress and model Kelly Brook and singers Madonna and Sting.
She claims her guru partner told her that she 'need not worry' about their home being in his sole name 'as she was protected as a common law wife' should they split up.
However when the couple parted ways in 2008, after a 'serious and committed relationship' which lasted 15 years and produced a child, Mr Brown told his former partner that she had 'no legal or beneficial interest' in his flat, his cars or the books.
"It's been a long time coming, but I'm H.A.P.P.Y" croons Boy George on the slinky, electro calypso of Happy, the first single from DJ Yoda's forthcoming album. "I had this track and was trying to think about who would sound great doing vocals," Yoda, AKA Duncan Beiny, tells me. "I started to think back to the music of my childhood in the 80s, but who also still has an incredible voice."
He finally settled on Boy George after hearing his surprisingly good take on Lana Del Rey's Video Games. Having previously worked with everyone from the Jungle Brothers to Danger Mouse to Goldie, Yoda's career has been marked by what some have referred to as a "cartoony" musical style. On Happy – premiered here – his soundbed of synths and padded drum beats perfectly suits George's laidback delivery. "I don't think that anyone who has followed my DJ career would have expected me to make a track with Boy George, and I love that!" he adds.
• Happy is out on 17 September on Get Involved.
In this special event Antony interviews Boy George, someone whom Antony cites as the one who first inspired him to pursue singing. The two have collaborated in the past including the duet 'You Are My Sister' on Antony and the Johnson's Mercury Award winning album I Am Bird Now.
This is a rare chance to see George perform a special unplugged set of new and classic material in an intimate setting. Limited tickets!
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