Eighties icon Boy George has paid a touching tribute to Poly Styrene in a magazine, hailing the late punk icon as "a true legend".
The former X-Ray Spex frontwoman, real name Marianne Elliott-Said, lost her battle with breast cancer in April (11) and the Karma Chameleon singer was among the stars who mourned her death.
He's now penned a special piece for Britain's Observer, admitting he used to "stalk" his idol in London.
Boy George writes, "For the punk generation, Poly Styrene, the late punk songstress and poet, was a true legend, her style ironic and iconic. Polly was the prototype for Ugly Betty with braces on her teeth, a twin-set and pearls over a flowery shift dress, topped off with an army helmet.
"For me, the punk ladies always had the edge - Poly and X-Ray Spex, Ari Up with the Slits, Siouxsie and the Banshees and Pauline Murray from Penetration. I would stalk Poly Styrene during my lunch breaks when I worked on the King's Road.
"Poly had her own little quirky concession up at the Beaufort Market close to Vivienne Westwood and Malcolm MCLaren's celebrated shop, Sex. I would visit Poly's shop on a regular basis but only to stare at the legend that was, because her shop was little more than an Oxfam outpost."
The star admits he was devastated by her death at the age of 53, as he believed she was winning her health battle.
He adds, "Like many people I was devastated to hear that Poly had become ill, and I was delighted to receive a sweet message on Twitter saying she was on the mend. Sadly, it was not to be and Poly left us at the age of 53."