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24 September 2014
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Known as the '80s Queen of lipstick, powder and paint, Marilyn is on the comeback trail. We talk high heels, cross-dressing...

So, you’re about to release a new single?
Marilyn: Well, yeah, it’s a reggae tune, a cover of Dennis Brown’s How Could I Live. I figured since I was born in Jamaica I should go back to my roots. But we can’t find a label to release it. We need to find someone who doesn’t think I’m a washed up old trannie! I could do with an appearance on Top of the Pops actually. Have you got the producer’s number?

Er, hang on. No interest at all from the labels then?
Marilyn: Actually, I was supposed to be singing at Home House the other night (trendy London members club) and Madonna came along because she wanted to talk about signing me to her label, Maverick but I never got to do the show.
Marilyn: Because I have a stalker at the moment, a woman. She sent the club an e-mail saying that I owed money to a lot of people and that they were all going to come down to the club if I performed. I’m actually waiting for the CID to come around right now and get some more details on her because she keeps posting evil messages on my website.

You were known in the '80s as Boy George's glamorous, cross-dressing sidekick. How do you look back on those days now?
Marilyn: With stupidity. I think George manipulated our relationship for publicity. I used to be really good friends with him, we were close, I’d known him for ages. Then we came back from a holiday in Egypt and I wondered why George was dressed up to the nines. Then when we came out of customs there were 150 photographers waiting for us. He organised the whole thing without telling me. He used me for publicity not vice-versa. I don’t talk to George much now. If I see him out I’ll say hello but we’re not close.

People may see this as a comeback but you haven't stopped singing since the '80s have you?
Marilyn: No, I love singing and performing. I make my money out of personal appearances and club gigs. I am NOT on the dole if thats what you think!

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