We all remember Dead or Alive’s “You Spin Me Round (Like A Record),” a song released in 1985 that still gets plenty of play today. But what has happened to lead singer Pete Burns over the years? The short answer is he’s become a hot drag mess. The long answer is, he’s a total plastic surgery/reality show star addict.
Pete was a good-looking boy/girl then—nice cheekbones, great hair, sexy eyes, nice lips. But he obviously did not agree.
At age 52, he has had dozens of facial injections and procedures that include a botched nose job and silicone lip implants that got so infected they stood 18 inches from his face, full of pus. Holy crap. And he didn’t just go through this horrible situation quietly. He’s been very public about all of the work—the good and the bad—and shared graphic photos and video of it all. Stateside, he was featured in an ABC News special about plastic surgery addiction along with reality star nobody Heidi Montag.
It all began in the ’80s when money started pouring in from “You Spin Me Round.” Pete got his first nose job then and even though it didn’t go as planned—he was no longer able to wear glasses afterward—he was hooked. In an interview with The Daily Mail, he stated that he sees plastic surgery as an “art form” and his face is the clay. In 2004, when his lip implant infection was at its worst, he traveled around the world to see doctors, all of which suggested amputation. I think I would have suggested full-on head amputation, but this is why I do not work in the medical field. Eventually, he did find a surgeon in Italy that specialized in rebuilding the faces of people ravaged by cancer. After two years of treatment that included removing pints of fluid from the infected area, 11 kidney stones, near liver failure, near blindness in one eye and thrombosis, he hasn’t learned his lesson. He continues to get surgery, injections and facelifts. I guess because it was so fun the first 20 years. He did eventually settle out of court with the original doctor that botched the lip surgery, and walked away with some $700,000. Hmmm, I wonder how he spent it?
Anyway, beyond all of that Pete starred alongside some other attention whores in the 2006 edition of Celebrity Big Brother in the UK. In the U.S., few of the “celebrities” are known, other than Dennis Rodman and Baywatch’s Traci Bingham. But in true bitch style, Pete had several catfights with Bingham and former Page Three “model” Jodie Marsh.
Controversy erupted when Pete declared that one of his fur coats he was wearing was made of gorilla fur, illegal in the U.K. His coat was confiscated and given to authorities who really pissed him off. The coat was found to have been made from colobos monkeys, also illegal and on the endangered species list, but was deemed O.K. for Pete to own because it had been made in the ’30s or ’40s, before it became illegal to import the fur in 1975. Check out this video to see Pete lose his shiite over the coat. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A39lx3lUc3w
After Big Brother, Pete continued the reality circuit with several other shows, including a competition show called Pete’s PA in which people fought to become his personal assistant. Now that’s got to be a fun job! He also did Celebrity Wife Swap after he married his longtime partner, Michael Simpson in a civil partnership in 2007. Previously, Pete had been married to stylist Lynne Corbett, a chick, for 28 years. Pictures of Pete soon emerged after his marriage to Simpson of the singer with a face full of piercings. He said he got bored waiting for Simpson to get a tattoo one afternoon and got the piercings. He later removed them.
Musically, Pete hasn’t done much other than bringing “You Spin Me Round” back for a split second on a Big Brother special in the U.K. What has remained constant for Pete is his quest for more surgery and body altering. Ironically, he still has his penis of which he is happy to show the paparazzi at any time. I blame RuPaul for creating such unrealistic images of beauty for other drag queens to follow. 🙂