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Michael Jackson The Flirt

February 28, 2011


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The Cliff Notes

November 5, 2010


I’ve tried to put a series of quotes from various people together in context in order to create a more clear understanding of what his releationships were like, something which should hopefully be cheaper and more truthful to read than having to trawl through various trashy lazy biographies. It’s amazing how clear certain stories become when what’s been said has been framed in context. Some of the quotes have been paraphrased and rephrased in order to remove the interviewer’s question, but hopefully the sentiment has been retained.


I was always invited to go to his house to play, he would swing me in this big tree swing and we would speak of our dreams. Michael asked me to go steady on the steps of Gardener Street school.
– Joanelle Romero


“We had the biggest crush on each other. Of course, at 11 we didn’t smooch all the time. But there was lots of flirting. He was timid but the sweetest, funniest kid. And though we never declared our love – you don’t at that age – we both had feelings. Posing for our end of school picture, he even got me to stand right behind him. He really proved his sweetness, though, when we had to sing in front of our parents before we moved on to high school. I didn’t want to embarrass Michael by being out of tune. But he nudged me and squeezed my hand to let me know it was OK.”
– Jocelyne

I didn’t really have any girlfriends when I was in school. There were girls I thought were cute, but I found it so difficult to approach them. I was too embarrassed – I don’t know why – it was just crazy. There was one girl who was a good friend to me. I liked her, but I was too embarrassed to tell her.
– Michael Jackson


When the boys were in Vegas in 1975, Maureen McCormick was always back in [Michael’s] dressing room.
– Susie Jackson

But I think Michael really liked me. He called me and then I started driving over to his house, where we hung out and talked about TV and music. He let me watch him sing and dance in their studio. Once we went ice-skating and he held my hand as we glided around the rink. I wondered if he might try to kiss me but he didn’t. After another outing, he did give me a kiss good-bye. But it was only a gentle peck on the cheek.
– Maureen

I was just absolutely in love with Michael Jackson. I thought he was the greatest star ever. I definitely had a huge crush on him. And we kissed. On the lips. A little peck action! It was close, but it was on the lips. I thought he was the greatest thing in the world, I really did.
– Maureen McCormick

Oh, I felt that hormonal rage for Michael. He never acted upon it, but I did. I thought he was hot. I was ready for Michael but I didn’t make it clear to him that there could maybe be something there.
– Maureen McCormick

We went ice skating. Michael and Marlon and Randy. And Maureen and Eve and me. She says it was an intimate date between she and Michael. She had a crush on Jermaine!
– Susan Olsen


I’m just now beginning to enjoy friendship, which is new for me. With people other than in show business, with ladies.
– Michael Jackson

There is someone important in my life at the moment.
– Michael Jackson

Michael is presently involved with a young lady he cares about a great deal. However, he is doing everything he can to protect her from the glaring eyes of his adoring public. This is one thing Michael intends to keep to himself. I’m sure his fans would never begrudge him a little privacy or a little quiet romance.
– Steve Manning

“[My personal life] is wonderful and I am in love…
– Michael Jackson

There have been a lot of wonderful women in my life, women whose names wouldn’t mean anything to the readers of this book, and it would be unfair to discuss them because they are not celebrities and are unaccustomed to having their names in print. I value my privacy and therefore I respect theirs as well.
– Michael Jackson

But girl, girlfriend had my nose wide open, okay, you could drive a truck through my nose. I loved her so much, God. I would give her money, I would give her jewelry, I would give her a house, a car, whatever. I was never good enough.
– Michael Jackson

She knew how I was from the beginning, it wasn’t like she didn’t. I wasn’t going to change, not until I got married. I loved her so much. I didn’t want to see that. I did not want to see that. I knew she was fooling around. I know, girl. I know it for a fact. And it was a good thing that it was finally over. I don’t regret that I didn’t sleep with her. I’m glad I didn’t.
– Michael Jackson

Part of the attraction was because she was such a strong person and stood up for me against my dad and she was always there, she was older than me and I was drawn to that.
– Michael Jackson


When I was little I used to stay with Diana Ross, me and my brother stayed with her for years and I never said, but I always had a crush on her.
– Michael Jackson

“You’re not pretty until you start looking like Diana!” he would tease LaToya and Janet.
– Katherine Jackson

I used to stay with her whenever we’d come up to New York.
-Michael Jackson

I was enthusiastic. I thought it would be wonderful for Michael and me to work together. Michael and I were pretty close during that time. We spoke on the phone every couple of days and usually saw each other about once a week, when our careers permitted. We were already very close friends.
– Diana Ross

She’s such a beautiful, talented woman. Doing this movie together was very special for me. I love her very much. I have always loved her very much.
-Michael Jackson

Diana Ross was a big support throughout the shooting. Michael referred to her as “my mama” on the set. She made a habit of checking in on him in his dressing room each morning.
– Katherine Jackson

Sometimes, Michael Jackson and I end up being dates.
– Diana Ross

She would periodically speak of Michael in a very warm way. She had real admiration and affection for him – her eyes would light up every time that she spoke of him.
– Douglas Kirkland

Even Diana Ross was calling him up – calling Michael every day telling him don’t sign don’t sign, don’t go to Columbia. You’re gonna get in a lot of trouble, things like that. Diana Ross was close to Michael. Michael always admired Diana Ross, he loved Diana Ross. They were very good good friends.
– Pete Bennett

There are a lot of people I like, and I think they like me, but only time will tell whether our friendships are really true ones, close ones. Diana Ross and I have some deep, deep conversations at times-especially on the phone, because I’m much deeper in conversation on the phone than I am in person.
-Michael Jackson

I’m crazy about Michael and I love him a lot. He’s been my inspiration. He’s a very gentle, wonderful human being, one of the special ones in this universe, and I don’t even know if he knows how special he is. So whenever I can be around him, I like it. I like to rub shoulders with talent. He’s got good vibrations. His aura is only about love. So I like being with him.
– Diana Ross

Later, when I showed him the proof sheets of the photo session, he ordered two large prints of every picture, which was highly unusual. Typically, if someone orders one or two pictures from a session, it’s considered a success. I was blown away. “Two of every single one? That’s about 144 prints… Michael answered, “Yes, I can count. I want one set for myself and one for Diana [Ross]. Todd, this is magic.”
– Todd Gray

“They have a friendship as genuine as any I’ve seen. On set Diana would say, ‘what would Michael think of this?’ Michael would say, ‘what would Diana do with this?’”
– Bob Giraldi

She’s someone very special to me.
-Michael Jackson

I care for Michael but I don’t worry about him. I think sometimes that he’s got angels on his shoulders to protect him.
– Diana Ross

We’re just good friends.
-Michael Jackson

I mean, Diana’s like a mother-lover-friend to me. She’s wonderful.
-Michael Jackson

I’m crazy about her. She was my mother, my lover, and my sister all combined in one amazing person.”
-Michael Jackson

Well, you know, I’m crazy about Michael Jackson. I might team up with him one day. I would certainly like it very much.
– Diana Ross

What I didn’t know is that you’d get so sexy.
– Diana Ross to Michael

There’s a Black lady in my life but you wouldn’t take me seriously. It’s Diana Ross. I love her. Not as a big sister, see, I told you that you wouldn’t take me seriously. I would like to marry Diana Ross, I’m saying that. Uh huh, I feel something more than close friendship for her. And what does age have to do with it? Look at it this way: how old you would you be if you didn’t even know how old you are?
-Michael Jackson

As time went on, he sort of fell in love with Diana Ross —her music and her singing — and I think it was mutual. She fell in love with him also.
– Don Cornelius

He’s also very close to Diana Ross but he isn’t obsessed with her.
– Jermaine Jackson

She’s the kind of person I can tell anything to- the most private of secrets! And she tells me her secrets as well. Sometimes I tell her I’m going to marry her. Our relationship goes on forever.
-Michael Jackson

To me, [Diana] is a peacock… That’s what she is. She has so many colors. She’s not only a singer. She’s a philosopher. She teaches you all kinds of things.
– Michael

He has so many people around him but he’s still afraid, especially to be alone at night.
– Diana Ross

When I’m with him, I try to give him exactly what he needs-a little peace and the feeling that he is loved and that he can trust you.
– Diana Ross

I’m always extremely close to Diana. She’s my best friend. I love her.
-Michael Jackson

You see, we actually love each other.
– Diana Ross

Sometimes even I’m stunned at how he can be so shy. He’ll hide, talk like this (she whispers) — then you let him on stage —and he turns into this sexy, macho thing. I try to get him to step out socially, to get a little more out of himself. He spends too much time by himself.
– Diana Ross

When I heard Diana Ross was getting married, I was happy for her because I knew it would make her very joyous. Still, it was hard for me, because I had to walk around pretending to be overwhelmed that Diana was getting married to this man I’d never met. I wanted her to be happy, but I have to admit that I was a bit hurt and a little jealous because I’ve always loved Diana and always will.
-Michael Jackson

But Michael (Jackson)-when he wants to see me, he sees me; when he doesn’t he kind of closes the door. There’s no reaching him, there’s no finding him, there’s no anything. He’s just this illusive love out there. Somebody you care about, want to protect in a strange kind of way, feeling motherly toward him, but at the same time you can’t reach him and don’t know where he is.
– Diana Ross

And so it’s just that we don’t see each other half as much as I would like to see him.
– Diana Ross

There’s something you just said that made me think of Michael Jackson. I used to talk to Michael on the phone all the time. I haven’t talked to him for years now, but he always used to ask me questions about how to make this whole show-business thing work.
– Diana Ross

I thought I was with Diana; that was just in my own mind. It took me years to get over Diana… A hell of a long time.
-Michael Jackson

I’m sure he’s – he has a wonderful person in mind to take care of the children.
– Debbie Rowe

Michael was a personal love of mine.
– Diana Ross


I later became very friendly with the star of the show, Stephanie Mills, the Broadway Dorothy.
– Michael Jackson

Michael was definitely my boyfriend back in the day. But I don’t know if I was his girlfriend.
– Stephanie

We developed quite a friendship. A friendship that lasted many years.”
– Stephanie

When he’s in New York, we go dancing at Studio 54 and when I’m in California we go roller skating or take in a movie.
– Stephanie

I told her then, and I’ve always believed since, that it was a tragedy that her performance in the play could not have been preserved on film. I cried time after time. If I had been tempted to go onstage, it would probably have been to work with Stephanie, although her performances were so moving that I might have cried right there in front of the audience.
– Michael

I was in love with Michael! I was really in love, and I thought I was going to be Mrs. Michael Jackson, but he was so slow! I was ready to become a bride! Oh my God!
– Stephanie

I think I could marry someone like Michael because we both have similar tastes. We both like stuffed animals and children. In that way we’re compatible. But then again, we’ve never really sat down and had a long talk. I guess I don’t really know him. We’re always so busy.
– Stephanie

You know what I want to say… Michael is very much a man and he’s very, he was very loving, very caring and all that but I’ve never, we never had sex and I never saw him… I only saw Michael with his underwear on and he looked very cute!
– Stephanie

Cause he lived on Sutton Place and he was filming The Wiz movie and I used to go over and spend the night and I used to do his laundry. And we would go down to the laundry together so Michael is not what they all say; he’s very real and he’s very – and I’ve never spoke about that but he’s very just a regular kinda guy.
– Stephanie

Michael is very cute in his little underwear! Michael is a great kisser, I’ve kissed him! He is a great kisser! And he’s very, very affectionate! Where’d he kiss me at? Where do you think he kissed me? I’ll just say that Michael is very much A MAN! That’s what I’m trying to say.
– Stephanie

We were maybe 18-years-old. I got to know him as a person, as a friend and he was really all about our love — very affectionate, very loving. He was really all about love.
– Stephanie


I mean I’ve been with Tate… I’ve been, well not with… I been with Tate. Tate, I dealt with Tate when I was a little younger. She came up to me in a club, we heard a… Maybe it was too… She put her hand on my… I couldn’t believe it.
– Michael

I saw her again, which was at a club on Sunset Blvd called the Roxy. We talked and talked and talked. When we met, I was sitting at this table and all of a sudden I felt this soft hand reach over and grab mine. It was Tatum. We were watching a band and underneath a table she was holding my hand I was melting
– Michael

When I asked [Michael] about supposed encounters with Tatum O’Neal, his eyes got big as he told me about the time at the Roxy that she had actually put her hand on his knee under the table.
– Robert Hilburn

At the Rox her father Ryan flirted with me a little, so Tatum sat on Michael’s lap.
– Susan Blond

This probably wouldn’t mean a lot to other people, but it was serious stuff to me. She touched me . That’s how I felt about it. In the past, girls had always touched me on tour; grabbing at me and screaming, behind a wall of security guards. But this was different, this was one-on-one, and that’s always the best.
– Michael

It was just magic, better than anything, kissing her, anything. It was magical. There were fireworks going on. It was all I needed. But that means nothing to kids today. She grew up too fast. She wasn’t into innocence, and I love that.
– Michael

The next day she invited me to join her at Hugh Hefner’s house to watch Roots on videotape. She got sort of bored, so we went outside and got into the jacuzzi. We weren’t naked as people have said. We both had on bathing suits, just enjoying ourselves. And that’s it.
– Michael

Everyone knows that he and Tatum O’Neal kissed at a party in the Playboy mansion.
– Joe Jackson

Well, I guess I am dating her in a way. I’ve taken her out a couple of times — or she’s taken me out — whatever. But she is a friend of mine and I see her occasionally.
– Michael

It is a [hot romance] but we’re friends too. My brother bought a house near her.
– Michael

She wants to take me camping. I’ve never done any of those things. I been knowin’ this business all my life so there’s no way of quittin’-but I am ready for a nice long vacation.
– Michael

We exchanged phone numbers and called each other often. I talked to her for hours: from the road, from the studio, from home.
– Michael

He gave me his number, and we started talking everyday–long drawn-out conversations that sometimes got so boring I would hand over the receiver to my friend Esme Gray. Michael would just keep on, thinking he was talking to me. His usual subject was sex. At 12 I didn’t have much to say about sex. But Michael was intensely curious about anything, everything sexual, though in an incredibly sweet and innocent way.
– Tatum

He and I had a really wonderful friendship when I was 12 and he was 17. He used to dance with me, we’d talk on the phone all the time.
– Tatum

Most of the time you [other entertainers] understand each other easier, Tatum will call me up and say, “Hey, you wanna go somewhere?” Like most of the people you may see me out with, like Tatum and Janelle, they’re kind of on and off, they’re friends, and [hysterical laughter] … I talk to them. I don’t know how to describe it, really [more laughter]. I don’t know what to say.
– Michael Jackson

I remember her telling me to come over to her house in Beverly Hills, and what she’s going to do to me. All the sexual stuff. So I’m scared to death. Scared because I’d never done anything like that. I came over there trying to be Mr Big Shot and brave and I remember she cut out all the lights in bedroom, opened the curtains so you could see the whole skyline of the city over the cliffs. It was beautiful.
– Michael

Michael used to come to my house when I was living with my dad, and I remember him being so shy. He once came to my house and asked to come upstairs because he’d never been in a girl’s bedroom before. Once he came into my bedroom, and he wouldn’t even sit on my bed.

And she told me to lie on the bed. And I did. She slowly walked over and she touched the button of my shirt to open it. I took my hands and I wouldn’t let them down. And she just walked away. She knew I was too shy for it. She wanted to do everything and I didn’t want to have sex at all, because there were a lot of values associated with being a Jehova Witness. I said, “are you crazy?” One of those was to be kind to everyone.
– Michael

He sat on the bed, and we kissed very briefly, but it was terribly awkward. So I said,’I can’t.’ Michael, who was sweating profusely, seemed as intimidated as I was. He jumped up nervously and said,’Uh, gotta go.’ That’s the closest I ever got to Michael, which is why I’m amazed by his recent claim on national TV that I’d seduced him but he was too shy to carry it through.
– Tatum

Michael Jackson made sure that I got these cool photos of him dancing with Tatum O’Neal at a party held inside a bank vault in Beverly Hills. They were best buddies and Michael wanted copies of all the photos.
– Brad Elterman

Ours developed into a real close relationship. I fell in love with her (and she with me) and we were very close for a long time. Eventually the relationship transcended into a good friendship. We still talk now and then, and I guess you’d have to say she was my first love – after Diana.
– Michael

I will say that Tatum and I had a really serious relationship. We both are so busy that things have cooled off, but we’re still really good friends. [She] calls me all the time and I hope she reads this interview because I’m sorry I couldn’t get all of her calls. But she’s still a wonderful friend of mine.
– Michael

But I love him; he’s one of the nicest, most innocent people I’ve ever met. I love “She’s out of My Life” because I think it describes our friendship at that time.
– Tatum

I absolutely adored Michael–as a friend–and I admire him to this day.
– Tatum


I remember meeting you for the first time, and being in awe of the fate that would make such a thing happen. I remember you and your younger sister Janet coming to watch Shalamar shows from the side of the stage with Groucho Marx glasses with the fake nose and moustache at Disneyland – peering from the side curtain.I remember your brothers trying to hook us up, because I put ‘”Jody Watley Loves Michael Jackson” on the back of Shalamar’s ‘Three For Love’ album, underneath my photo with the caption: “Loves..”
– Jody

When I won the Grammy Award for Best New Artist, Michael Jackson was the first person to greet me, he ran to me out of the darkness of the stage. He grabbed me and kissed me on the cheek saying softly ‘I’m so happy for you” – already emotional from my own triumph – it was momentarily eclipsed by that moment with him – I couldn’t believe it. Michael Jackson had kissed me!
– Jody


Now Brooke Shields, she was one of the loves of my life. We dated a lot. Her pictures were all over my walls and mirrors. My sisters would get jealous and tear them off the wall.
– Michael

I was at the Academy Awards with Diana Ross and she just came up to me and said, “Hi, I’m Brooke Shields. Are you going to the after party?” I said, “Yeah,” and I just melted. I thought, “Does, she know [that photographs of her are] all over my room?”
– Michael

She asked me to dance because I was not going to ask her. You know, I’m really shy and embarrassed. So she says, “I got to dance with you tonight.” I said, great. So we got together on the dance floor and danced. They were playing that old fashioned Benny Goodman, Tommy Dorsey music, which wasn’t much of a groove. First, you’ve got all these bald headed old people on the floor slow dancing, the Lawrence Welk sound. We really couldn’t get into it so we got to talking and got to know each other. And man we exchanged numbers and I was up all night, spinning around in my room, just so happy. She was classy.
– Michael

Brooke and Michael have been friends for a couple of years. And it seems that it’s a sudden thing and it’s not a sudden thing. You know how some people look at things and it’s not that way. They have a quiet friendship and she just wants to share and hopefully give him support too as far as a friend is concerned.
– Teri Shields

She’s gorgeous and she’s something special to me. She is the most sincere, understanding and interesting girl I’ve ever known. We talk on the phone for hours without getting bored.
– Michael

When I’m with Michael I feel so good. I’m proud to be his friend and I feel lucky to be able to enjoy it with him.
– Brooke

Michael is a hunk.
– Brooke

Despite the press’s portrayal, Michael and Brooke’s relationship was a friendship, plain and simple – at least in Michael’s mind. It was obvious to Janet and me that she had other ideas. About to watch a movie with us at home, Brooke would declare, “I’m going to sit by Michael,” grabbing his hand. “Michael, where are we going to sit?”
– LaToya

I love Michael dearly. I went to the AMA and that was really the first time we ever went out in public together. I talk to him all the time and he said that he would really like to have me go with him.
– Brooke

Anyway, he asked me [to the Grammys] and, as usual, I said I’d be glad to join him and help in any way I could, I promised we could would have fun no matter what.
– Brooke

Brooke Shields asked me out every time you saw us out together. It was her idea to go out and do it every time. I sincerely liked Brooke Shields too. I liked her a lot.
– Michael

Michael had no intention of taking Brooke to those award shows but she asked to go and he wouldn’t say no.
– LaToya

Brooke is a nice girl but she’s not Elizabeth Taylor. That’s the kind of lady I want to be seen with.
– Michael

Miss Shields had visited my parent’s home and asked him to escort her. Michael looked to me for advice but Michael ended up with her, even though he knew that career wise it wouldn’t be a good move. His fans don’t like to see Michael with a girl because they’re all hoping he likes them.
– LaToya

I joked with him that he probably would have gotten even more nominations if he had put me in the video instead of the girl he chose. He just got this mischievous smile on his face that I had seen so many times before and said,”Oh Brooke!”
– Brooke

He’s a very very good friend of mine and I trust him and he trusts me and we have a very very good understanding. I mean, I don’t want anything from him, I don’t need publicity and that’s why I’m seen with him. I like him very very much and I think that he felt comfortable that I was there at the Grammy Awards because he’d come back and he’d sit down with me and say, ‘Was that OK? Did I do all right?'”
– Brooke

Michael is having an affair with Brooke Shields and sees her a lot. Every time I talk to him about her he smiles and seems to be very, very happy. I keep saying to him ”Do I hear wedding bells, Michael?” and he breaks into a big grin.
– Jermaine Jackson

I was pretending to be him and we were dancing and he said to me, “you know I like it when – when girls sort of take – take control of the situation and act really tough.’ And I said, ‘I don’t quite understand’ and he said, ‘Well, I like them to be you know feminine, especially in the videos, but at the same time strong.’
– Brooke

Michael told me that Brooke Shields was the most aggressive girl he’d met in his life. After being out with her, he’d come to me and say things like, “She tried to kiss me. She tried to stick her tongue down my throat.”
– LaToya

We had one encounter when she got real intimate and I chickened out. And I shouldn’t have.
– Michael

I don’t think it would be fair to answer [for Michael] to say if we slept together. If he wanted to say anything before, he could have.
– Brooke


As he grew older and the more he started to change physically, the more asexual he became to me.
– Brooke

As I grew up and started having boyfriends, I would share with him, and he was like a little kid who talked about the bases- what first base was, what second base was.
– Brooke

It’s hard to trivialize and say whether it’s platonic or not platonic.
– Brooke

He is a mystery. He’s almost a mystery even if you know personally… he’s very shy… he enjoys being a mystery.
– Brooke

Well, let me say that right now, we’re closer now, than we ever were. We love each other more now than when we even knew we did when we were younger. Because we had fun when we were younger, it was a sense of relief.
– Brooke

I think we both had a crush – and still do have a crush on each other. I mean, I think part of having a crush on someone is admiring them – almost, we have a lot of fun together; it’s almost unfortunate because we know each other so well. I mean, he just amazes me every time I sit down and talk to him.
– Brooke

It’s like love on a different level. I feel closer to him than some of the boyfriends that I’ve had.
– Brooke

He is as beautiful inside as he is talented, so thoughtful and genuine. It’s unfortunate for him because he doesn’t get to go out as much and he doesn’t have a group of friends his own age.
– Brooke

She is very sweet, smart. She is not an airhead. She is real smart. A lot of people think that when someone is beautiful that are like an airhead. She is very smart.
– Michael

I could see he and Brooke Shields were very close friends.
– Celine Dion

Brooke Shields used to call him on the phone a lot. This was the pre-cell phone era, so I would usually answer his calls and then have to go find him in the studio. She was always really nice to me.
– Sam L Parity

Well, right now I’m dating Brooke Shields. Well, we try not to be everywhere, go everywhere, it’s mostly at home, she’ll come over, I’ll go to her house, because I don’t like going out in public.
– Michael

We’re just friends. He didn’t refer to me as a girlfriend. He felt he could say how he felt about me. We grew up together. He trusts me.
– Brooke

You couldn’t call it typical dating. He is such a gentleman. He speaks so honestly and purely. But our relationship is not a romance.
– Brooke

Michael was there with Brooke Shields, who he was dating at the time. It was trippy and the studio was dimly lit. I shook hands with them both and played. Then they split, and went off to dinner.
– Slash

He lied a little bit on the question about who he is dating. I think there is nothing more than a true friendship with the actress Brooke Shields.
– MJ’s bodyguard on DWT

He gave me the most incredibly beautiful ring that you could ever imagine. Of course, people built that out of proportion, they said we were engaged. It really wasn’t really about that, it was a friendship ring. When he gave it to me, it was the most adorable thing; we hadn’t really ever exchanged gifts before.
– Brooke

He never actually formally proposed to me, though. He would sort of say, “Why don’t we adopt a child together? The way your heart works is what I want in my life,” and I said to him, “You’re always going to have my heart.”
– Brooke

Another love was Brooke Shields. We were romantically serious for a while.
– Michael

He was one of my greatest love affairs. He stopped returning my calls. It’s too bad, he’s a wonderful person.
– Brooke


We are always tracking each other down. Whenever I go to another country or star a film I make sure his office knows where I am and vice versa – so we know that, somewhere in the world, there’s a friend.
– Brooke

At every major event in my life, he reached out to me, whether if it was when my dad died, when I had my first daughter, and had severe post-partum, we’d speak.
– Brooke


Yes, he had seen (my Playboy spread). Michael said that’s how they chose me, because they were looking at the magazine.
– Ola

I was getting changed, so I was crouched down half naked on the dressing room floor and he came in and giggled. I was used to taking my clothes off in front of strangers. Michael seemed very relaxed about it. It helped that I was crazy about Michael and he seemed taken by the fact I was a Playboy model.
– Ola

Michael Jackson and I met in the wardrobe room. I saw his shiny shoes first. He was so cute with his little bow tie. I’ll never forget that. He has such a presence. You can feel his energy from across the room. The last time I saw him was in the studio when he was recording the Bad album.
– Ola

I saw him sometime afterwards, we were in the studio together, I was working on some music and he was there in the same studio working on his. So I went over to him and kissed him and gave him a hug.
– Ola

He sent me to Germany, to go pick up our Grammy, our award over there. He let me bring it home, he wanted to come pick it up, but he was going to send someone else to pick it up and I told him, “no, if you don’t come pick it up yourself, you know you’re not going to get it.” So he didn’t come get it so he called and told me that it was mine and I could keep that one.
– Ola

He started getting all nervous and stuff. He said, ‘She’s adorable, she’s adorable. She’s so hot!” It was just so funny seeing him that way.
– Ryan

I really enjoyed working with Michael. He’s really a practical joker. He likes to see your responses.
– Ola

He kept saying, ‘I can’t wait until I do the werewolf scenes so I can chase you.’ I’d say he’s shy, but only when he’s around people he doesn’t know. Actually, Michael seems almost outgoing, at least while he’s working. I could tell just by the way he playfully flirted with me that he likes women. I met Jane Fonda at the studio while getting my makeup done and she asked me to take him a note and give him a kiss and a hug. When I told Michael about the kiss he said, ‘Well…!?’. I think if he finds the right girl, he’ll marry her. But in the meantime, I just don’t think he deals with sex. He seems to be on a different level. I mean, sex isn’t everything.
– Ola

He would always play with my hair and say ”Oh your hair is so pretty”
– Ola

Every day, Michael came and sat and watched me. He was in awe of me. He was always in my face trying to learn to do things with makeup like I did.
– Ola

I teased him, saying I wanted to be his girl.
– Ola

He got to flirt with me. He got to play with me, touch me and flirt with me. So that was great. We would just sit in his dressing room and we’d talk about… why he couldn’t date me (laughs). You know, why we couldn’t be as intimate as I wanted us to be. He told me that there was someone else that really liked me on the set and he couldn’t cross that line.
– Ola

Michael is very special, not like any other guy I’ve met. Since we’ve been working together we’ve been getting closer.
– Ola

No, we didn’t have sex. We had a working relationship, nothing like that.
– Ola

No, I wasn’t intimate intimate with him, but we did have our intimate moments together. We spent a lot of time talking, sharing different things, but there was nothing like that, even though I may have liked it to have been but, no.
– Ola

I had some intimate moments with him in his trailer. Let me see how I can say this without, you know, being too… I won’t say that I have seen him in his birthday suit but close enough.
– Ola

It was a little kindergarten thing. It was important for him to be around someone who would make him feel comfortable. It was kissing and puppy-love make-out sessions – and a little more than that. I’ve already told you more than I’ve ever told anyone!
– Ola

I wouldn’t say it was further than he’d ever been with another woman. I don’t think he’s that innocent. (laughs) He’s not that innocent. He definitely knew what he was doing. In his own little way.
– Ola

I think things got pretty sexy between Ola and Michael. Some very sweet kind of physical interaction going on beteen the two of them. I would say not first (base), I would say second base… maybe… third.
– Nancy Griffin

I felt so in love that night. You can see it in my eyes. You can see it for sure.
– Ola


After that, we talked on the phone every day, on every stop of the tour. And I thought, Wow. Doesn’t she have other things to do? After all, she’s Elizabeth Taylor! At the end of the tour, I asked her if I could come by for tea. She said, “Yes.” I brought Bubbles along. She didn’t mind…
– Michael

Really, we got to know each other on the telephone, over three months.
– Elizabeth

I mean, our childhoods are very similar, and we have that from the very beginning in common. Um, I was a child star at nine, had an abusive father, um, and that kind of brought us close together in the very beginning.
– Elizabeth

Other women, probably attracted to Michael’s relative innocence, approached him even more directly. But other women were simply friends, and he received many gifts from them, which he took as thoughtful tokens of their affection. One famous actress gave him a set of beautiful gray silk sheets monogrammed with her initials, ET. We thought they were so sumptuous and pretty: we never thought there was anything untoward about the gesture.
– LaToya

When I honored Elizabeth at the American Cinema Awards, for instance, Sophia arrived arm in arm with Michael Jackson, which had made me smile a little. Michael was closer to Elizabeth than he was to Sophia.
– David Gest

Elizabeth Taylor was going to visit and Michael wanted some privacy. Jermaine made a wisecrack about Elizabeth and was quickly put in his place. “Don’t ever talk bad about Elizabeth Taylor to me, Jermaine,” Michael said softly. “She’s beautiful. The most beautiful woman I’ve ever met.” By this time Michael and Elizabeth were already well acquainted but their friendship would grow during this brief stay in the hospital. She came for visits several times a day and sometimes brought him violets, which stood in sweet contrast to the dozen black roses LaToya had delivered from London.
– Margaret Maldonado

Brooke is a nice girl but she’s not Elizabeth Taylor. That’s the kind of lady I want to be seen with.
– Michael

Yes and no (do I get jealous about Liz dating other men). I know that if we ever did anything romantically the press would be so mean and nasty and call us, “The Odd Couple.” It would turn into a circus and that’s the pain of it all. You know I push her in a wheelchair sometimes, when she can’t walk. It’s none of their business what we have together. I have to be with people who like me.
– Michael

He is the least weird man I have ever known. He is highly intelligent, true, intuitive, understanding, sympathetic, generous almost to a fault, of himself.
– Elizabeth

She’s a warm cuddly blanket that I love to snuggle up to and cover myself with. I can confide in her and trust her. In my business, you can’t trust anyone. Elizabeth is someone who loves me – really loves me .
– Elizabeth

But Elizabeth is also like a mother – and more than that. She’s a friend. She’s Mother Teresa, Princess Diana, the Queen of England and Wendy. We have great picnics. It’s so wonderful to be with her. I can really relax with her, because we’ve lived the same life and experienced the same thing.
– Michael

[Elizabeth Taylor and I] we’re like brother and sister, mother and son, lovers… it’s a potpourri…it’s something special.
– Michael

Elizabeth Taylor is gorgeous, beautiful, and she still is today, I’m crazy about her. I would like to have (proposed to her).
– Michael

No (he never proposed to me)! And I never proposed to him.
– Elizabeth

I want the world to know what a wonderful, giving, caring, generous man he is and how good he is. Oh, he’s wildly funny.
– Elizabeth

He’s a very sensitive, very vulnerable, very shy person. I believe totally that Michael will be vindicated.
– Elizabeth

I am a friend of Michael Jackson’s… I love him like a son and I support him with all my heart.
– Elizabeth

She’s been a source of strength and counsel as this crisis came about. I shall never forget her unconditional love and encouragement in helping me through this period.
– Michael

I love him. There’s a vulnerability inside him which makes him the more dear. We have such fun together. Just playing.
– Elizabeth

There’s a kind of magic between us.
– Elizabeth

He is one of the most loving, sweet, true people I have ever loved. He is part of my heart. And we would do anything for each other.
– Elizabeth

To my True Love Elizabeth. I’ll love you Forever, Michael.
– portrait in Neverland inscribed by Michael


Then, I met Michael. One day I was invited to the studio and I met Michael. I was like, “Oh my God! I’m here with Michael Jackson!” and then my childhood thoughts and dreams just went through my head and Michael was admiring this beautiful waist top that I had. It had so many different panels of lace and he said, “It’s so beautiful!” He kept walking around me, and I froze! I couldn’t even talk. I think I’m star struck! I did pretty good until I got to him, because I had a crush on him as a kid. Oh my goodness, I’m like, “Michael Jackson is admiring me!”
– Marva

It took a while, because he had a lot of security and stuff, like, “What does she want?” and “Why is she really around?” You know, they watched me for a while. They studied me religiously, but then they learned, “Okay, she’s not so crazy and she doesn’t have any other motive, except she wants to work and she’s friends with Michael.”
– Marva

Michael ended up taking to me, so I ended up becoming one of his playmates. We had too much fun! We were two young adults that were real childish, but we had so much fun! I would travel with him sometimes, and we would torture the press, we would hide and do things (laughs) and just have a lot of fun.
– Marva


As for the dress and boots…..well, it was the look I put together for the initial audition. It worked as Michael liked the look, from what I was told.
– Tatiana

I saw him turn to the person next to him and say something. I later found out from David Banks, one of the video’s writers, that Michael had said, “She’s the one. The rest are extras.”
– Tatiana

That’s why it’s my job to cast the girl, because it’ my job to think they are cute. So I can do that if I really like them, like some of the girls you see in my videos. I have cast them because I really like them and it caused a problem afterwards because they start to really like me, and I don’t want to get that serious, and it becomes a problem sometimes.
– Michael

By our fourth take, the heel of my boot was caught in the cars upholstery and Michael put his hand on my leg to help pull it out. It blew my mind that he had actually touched my leg, which I pulled away and began to tumble out of the car falling on my butt and hard too! Michael started laughing hysterically as Joe Pytka yelled, “Get up, keep it going, keep it going, and don’t stop.” As I did, Michael got out of the car and started wiping my butt off.
– Tatiana

The fall caused a run in my stockings and the stylist wanted me to change. I started walking off the set and Michael asked, ”Where are you going?” I explained that she wanted me to change my stockings. He disapproved by saying. “No, I like it. I think the run is neat. It’s sexy.”
– Tatiana

During a quick break from the scene, Michael pointed out two birds high above us perched on a ledge — they were making love. He said, “Look,” while pointing up. I became embarrassed and shy and I looked away blushing. Michael stood gazing at me with this sweet smirk on his face that was somehow naughty.
– Tatiana

Between the scenes, Michael said to me, ”I heard you wanted to dance in this video.” I admitted it was true and I said, ”I thought I would get the opportunity to dance with you.” Michael replied in a soft and sweet voice, “Don’t worry, we’ll work together again.”
– Tatiana

It was quietly rumored that we were supposed to kiss at the end of the video scene but Joe came up to me and whispered in my ear, ”Don’t kiss him, he’s too shy for that, don’t kiss him!” Therefore, of course I respected his direction.
– Tatiana

I expressed how great it had been working with him and then he asked me if his team had my number. As I left, I could hear Michael say to Frank :”Aren’t you going to give it to her?”Frank replied, “No, why don’t you give it to her? It’s from you.”They were bickering like kids and before I knew it Frank tossed one of Michael’s hats to me. A black fedora with his name embroidered in gold inside the rim that he used in the Bad Tour. I caught the hat as if on cue and as I walked off I recall saying, ”I love you Michael” I guess the fan was coming out of me.
– Tatiana

To be honest, I could not help but to think that [Katherine] was checking me out. She wanted to see the girl she had heard about. The girl that had captivated Michael’s interest or tweaked Michael’s curiosity, and I eventually found out I was correct about her suspicion. She admitted it to me later.
– Tatiana

Yes, I know Tatiana very well. Yes, in fact, right after Michael did the commercial with Tatiana he called me in his room and he talked to me about her because he really liked her and had fallen in love with her and he asked me, what did I think? And I said, “Well if you’re in love with her let her know.”
– Katherine Jackson

Not long after the video production was over, Michael’s stand-in, Craig, who had become a friend of mine, called and said, “You know, Michael talks about you all the time. He asks me how you are and told me to tell you hello. I think he really likes you. He says stuff like how incredibly beautiful you are and how sweet you are.”
– Tatiana

In January, Michael was shooting a new video entitled Leave Me Alone. To my utter surprise, Craig called to say that Michael invited me to come and visit him but that I would need to clear my visit with Michael’s personal secretary Joli.
– Tatiana

On February 8th Frank Dileo, requested we meet at his office in Ventura. He told me how he could tell I had a thing for Michael and advised me to move on for my affection for him. He told me to focus on my career instead. He also made a comment about having me over to see his new home someday, but without mention of Michael being around or his own family being there.
– Tatiana

On their first date towards the end of the 80s Michael’s manager Frank Dileo was present as a sentry dog. Frank knew that Michael was interested in her and the three of them met at a restaurant. Without informing Michael, Frank had tried to court her even though he was married.
– Joe Jackson

Michael’s family felt this was Frank Dileo’s doing. It was clear: they did not trust his manager.
– Tatiana

”Ah, ha, you see! You are a threat to him. If Michael falls in love and wants to marry you, then Dileo fears the person Michael is close to could have more value and credibility than he does with Michael.” Katherine said.
– Tatiana

I remembered the family complaining that they could not reach Michael when they wanted or even needed him.
– Tatiana

Joseph made a remark about Bill that made it obvious that he disliked Bill. Katherine also said that she did not trust Bill.
– Tatiana

I came to learn through one of the band members that Michael told them to stay away from me and not to bother me. I thought this was respectful of him to do and my mother especially liked it!
– Tatiana

Joli, Michael’s secretary joined me. She told me that she knew Michael had feelings for me, because he spoke of me often. Yet, she said that she was confused to why he had not responded to my request to speak with him yet. She promised me that she would make the call happen.
– Tatiana

Ingrid said that she heard from many people in the industry that Michael cared for me, but she felt his professional camp had taken control of the situation by brainwashing him and telling him lies about me.
– Tatiana

Certainly, Michael’s friends Corey Feldman and Little Richard, both his sisters and brothers knew that he had romantic feelings for her but we had not uttered a word about it since it wasn’t clear whether their relationship was serious or not.
– Joe Jackson

I heard Michael through the door of a private room going through his vocal warm up. One of his security guys remarked to Michael that I looked beautiful and I heard Michael reply, ”I know. ”
– Tatiana

When I stepped out onto the stage, I passed Mike and heard him say, “Work it! Work it! That’s it!”
– Tatiana

As I grabbed his collar, I landed a big wet one on his cheek. I kissed him. I did not think anything of it, and I did not think he would be ticked off. The dancers told me that he was happy and excited about the kiss. Telling me, “OOHHH, Boy! You just made Michael’s day! He was happy!” I pretty much thought it was a good thing.
– Tatiana

I apologized to him because I had kissed him on the cheek. I said, “I am sorry if I threw you off in any way,” Mike intervened by saying, “OH! NO! NO! It was fine! It was great! I liked it!.” Then I asked him, “Well would it be all right then if I did it again, and perhaps take it a step further?” He said “Oh sure! That’ll be great!”
– Tatiana

I took it upon myself to change the routine a bit, something just came over me.
– Tatiana

I thought about whether or not I should follow through on the kiss. For some reason I was questioning myself. As I stepped up to him and put my arms around his collar, he looked deep into my eyes, almost as though he was challenging me. Then he did this sexy little thing where he bit his bottom lip. I placed my arm around his waist, and I landed a kiss right on his smacker! Never for a moment did I feel this was one-sided, as he at this point, put his left hand on my rear.
– Tatiana

Scott said that, again, this is not unusual when working with A-listers. There are even contracts that specify whether the person can be touched, where, and by whom.
– Scott Thompson

The next person to greet me was Michael’s mother Katherine. She walked towards me and gave me a big bear hug. She later admitted to me that she saw absolutely nothing wrong with us kissing. She approved.
– Tatiana

Miko was in a rage. He yelled, “How dare you f****** take advantage of him like that! You f****** b****! Who the f*** do you think you are? I cannot believe you are f****** took advantage of him like that in front of all those people.”
– Tatiana

Michael’s mother called me saying she was very interested and concerned about me. I first spoke with Rebbie for a few minutes and she said that they were concerned about me. They wanted to know why I was fired from Michael’s tour and she stated that her mother wanted to speak with me herself.
– Tatiana

As I prepared to go onstage and accept for him, the announcer said,”Since he could not be here tonight as he’s still on tour, we accept this on his behalf.” Well, so much for that! No one informed me of the change.
– Tatiana

He said that his friend had contacted MJJ records to get in touch with me but was told that I was booked, unavailable, and in Europe. Well my friends, I have never been to Europe.
– Tatiana

One of Hugh Hefner’s assistants told me Hef was good friend of Michael and that he did not want to involve himself with anything that was not ”Pro-Michael Jackson.-Never did I consider my story against Michael in any way.
– Tatiana

Majestic relayed a message to me that he heard that Michael’s response to me signing with Joseph was, ”She can’t be that stupid!”
– Tatiana

My mother advised me to write Michael a letter during this time and to pass it through my new contacts within the family.
– Tatiana

David Banks told me I was living in a fantasy world but I did not see it yet.
– Tatiana

My friend, Iris Parker kept telling me to wake up and smell the coffee. She said that it was time for me to move on for good.
– Tatiana

Majestic said, “People just fuck you in this town and don’t kiss you first, huh, Tatiana?”
– Tatiana

I approached the gate and I asked Bill Bray, Michael’s assistant if he could please relay to Michael that I would like a moment with him. He told me that he would see what he could do. Before I knew it, Bill yelled ‘’Well hurry up! If you are coming, come on! We do not have all day! We’ve got another award to get.”
– Tatiana

He kept repeating exactly the same words to me that he said on stage. As though he had been scripted. He said, ”Oh Tatiana! It is so good to see you! I had no idea you were going to be here.” It was like an instant replay, and it was so weird. I said, ”Michael, I would really like to talk to you.” Right after I said that, Bill Bray grabbed Michael’s arms and pulled him away saying, ”We gotta go!” They did this as if they planned it.
– Tatiana

Majestic helped me understand what really happened to me that night. He said that when Bill Bray yelled for me to “Come on” it was probably giving Michael a cue for him to come outside his trailer so that I could not go inside. Then, when Bill pulled his arm saying,”We gotta go,” that was also a planned skit. He made it clear to me that Michael did not want to speak to me. Just as David Banks pointed out before, if Michael wanted something, he got it! ”What Michael once he gets,” he said.
– Tatiana

Ingrid also shed some light on the walkie-talkie incident that occurred when I was being escorted from behind the stage left to stage right. I learned that the missing words of the puzzle were, ”Michael does not want to see or speak to Tatiana before the show.”
– Tatiana

When they see me running the other way (they know I don’t reciprocate). Yeah. Some of them follow me around the world and it’s hard.
– Michael

No (I never tell them directly I don’t reciprocate), because it would hurt them too much.
– Michael

Tatiana says the friendship blossomed into a love affair that lasted about a year.
– Maury

Yes, there was a romantic attachment between us. We became somewhat involved after the video.
– Tatiana

It’s just like Michael says in the song, “It’s nobody’s business but mine and my baby’s.” I’m not going to sit here and talk about my sex life or his sex life, I’m very private, that’s my business.
– Tatiana

The lie slipped out of my mouth simply because of my feelings for him. I felt that an injustice was being committed. Plus, I wanted Michael to see how much I loved him.
– Tatiana

The unknown dancer has never been near a celebrity and couldn’t believe that my son wanted her. She could barely overcome the excitement and openly spoke about their relationship. It wasn’t pleasant for Michael because he did not want her to be put out on a public review before he had the opportunity to spend some real time with her.
– Joe Jackson

[Prince and I] met by chance one night at a club and started talking about an interview I had given to the Star tabloid during the scandal involving Michael Jackson and the underage boy. Prince was upset that I had spoken to the tabloid; he attacked me for my comments and he was especially bothered by a line that quoted me as saying that Michael would never get married. He shouted, “Did you need the money that bad? Are you that poor-that broke, that you sell your story to the tabloids?”
– Tatiana

You were spoken of with very kind words.
– Bill Whitfield to Tatiana

He considered [marrying me] years ago, from what I have recently been told (by a woman Michael knew). And after he passed away, someone who knew him looked me up to tell me that he spoke about me to them on June 8th 2009.
– Tatiana


The last video I went crazy over and wanted to see over and over again was Billie Jean.
– Madonna

From then on I went through an “I want to be like Michael Jackson” phase. I can do everything he can do only I’m a girl! I still idolize him above any performer. He transcends almost every level, appeals to everyone.
– Madonna

I’d love to dance with Michael Jackson.

So in the nightclub I was all over the place, I combined everything. Street dance, modern dance, a bit of jazz and ballet, I was Twyla Tharp, I was Alvin Ailey, I was Michael Jackson. I didn’t care, I was free.

I saw him play at Madison Square Garden, and I was blown away. He was flawless.
– Madonna

At the same time she will come to my concert and cry. She comes there and tears rolling down her face for the song and the presentation of the song. There are some good qualities in her.
– Michael

He’s up for a couple of things that surprise me.
– Madonna

“I said, “Look, Michael, if you want to do something with me, you have to be willing to go all the way or I’m not going to do it.” He keeps saying yes.”
– Madonna

Madonna laid the law down to me before we went out. “I am not going to Disneyland, okay? That’s out.” I said, “But I didn’t ask you to go to Disneyland.” She said, “We are going to the restaurant and afterwards we are going to a strip bar.” I said, “I am not going to a strip bar.” Guys who cross-dress [note: House of Xtravaganza]!
– Madonna

“We drove to the restaurant in my car. It was dark out, but he was still wearing sunglasses. I said, ‘Michael, I feel like I’m talking to a limousine, do you think you could take off those glasses so I could see your eyes?’ He paused for a moment, then he tossed the glasses out the window, looked at me with a wink and a smile and said, ‘Can you see me now, is that better? In that moment, I could see both his vulnerability and his charm.”

Later we went back to my house to watch a movie and sat on the couch like two kids, and somewhere in the middle of the movie, his hand snuck over and held mine. It felt like he was looking for more of a friend than a romance, and I was happy to oblige. In that moment, he didn’t feel like a superstar. He felt like a human being.
– Madonna

He was a real paradox, one of the world’s greatest performers and obviously very confident on stage, but in real life he was shy and you really felt for him.
– Madonna

(At the Oscars) it was pouring rain, the limo door opened and Michael got out first. I got out right after him, and my bodyguard leaves with Michael under the umbrella. I was left standing in the rain. It was so fascinating to see how people responded to him.
– Madonna

At the time I was with Madonna she was into these books, a whole library of women who were tied to walls. She said, “I love spanky books.” Why do I want to see that? How would you like getting a phone call and she is telling you that she is putting her fingers between her legs. I would say, “Oh Madonna, please.” She said, “What I want you to when I hung up the phone is rub yourself and think of me.” That’s the kind of stuff she says. She does. When I see her she says, “This is the finger I used last night.” Wild, out of control. She is not sexy at all.
– Michael Jackson

Michael was also working on a commercial in a studio nearby where Madonna was shooting a movie. Madonna walked in one day and Michael was telling me something like, “You know Madonna can be naughty, a bad girl. Sometimes she needs to be spanked.” He hadn’t realized Madonna was standing right behind him.
– Joe Mantegna

So that’s what we were doing: watching movies, having dinner, hanging out, going to the Oscars, being silly, seeing if we could work. He got relaxed. He took off his sunglasses, had a glass of wine, I got him to laugh.
– Madonna

To work with him and become friends and hang out with him, was exciting for me. I used to love picking his brains about musical stuff.

[My people] knew nothing about it. This was totally between her and me.
– Michael Jackson

I was madly in love with him, totally smitten. He was mind-bogglingly talented.
– Madonna

I think she was sincerely in love with me and I was not in love with her. She did a lot of crazy things and that’s how that went.
– Michael Jackson

Every time I call her she’s either talking to or about Michael Jackson.
– Sandra Bernhard

”Michael Jackson isn’t very masculine. He looks like Diana Ross. He has those beautiful doe eyes. He even talks like a girl and he’s conquered the world.”
– Madonna

Madonna visited MJ in the studio exactly one time. They spent a little while in his “private” room in the back, and then she left. When I asked Michael later about her visit, he said that she “scared” him. I think we all speculated that she tried to make a “move” on him, but Michael never said. In any event, we never saw her again after that…
– Sam L Parity

In a moment of unintended self-revelation, he [Michael Jackson] told me (with his hand cupped over his mouth in a gesture of ”I shouldn’t”) about how a highly popular female entertainer (I’ll withold the name) had once exposed herself to him (his words) just to see how he would react; a confession that caused him to visibly blush.
– Kit Culkin

He ran away from me.
– Madonna

We’re like oil and vinegar, oil and water. We just don’t mix.

I could have pushed myself out into his world, but I’ve spent all my time trying to be in touch with people, and he spends all his time hiding, cloaking and padding things around himself. It’s very evident when you see him work.
– Madonna

I felt like a peasant next to them, like this big clumsy farm girl. Like, when I’m hungry, I eat. When I’m thirsty, I drink. When I feel like saying something, I say it. And they have these manners and they’re just so careful about what they eat and what they say.
– Madonna

I haven’t seen that documentary [Living With Michael Jackson], but it sounds disgusting, like he [Martin Bashir] exploited a friendship. Publicly humiliating someone for your own gain will only come and haunt you. I can assure you, all these people will be sorry. God’s going to have his revenge.
– Madonna

People have said so many things about me that aren’t true, and I never once had a second thought that the accusations against him might be true.
– Madonna

There is no question that Michael Jackson is one of the greatest talents the world has ever known. That when he sang a song at the ripe old age of eight he could make you feel like an experienced adult was squeezing your heart with his words. That when he moved he had the elegance of Fred Astaire and packed the punch of Muhammad Ali. That his music had an extra layer of inexplicable magic that didn’t just make you want to dance but actually made you believe you could fly, dare to dream, be anything that you wanted to be. Because that is what heroes do and Michael Jackson was a hero.
– Madonna

When I first heard that Michael had died… All I could think about in this moment was, “I had abandoned him.” That we had abandoned him. That we had allowed this magnificent creature who had once set the world on fire to somehow slip through the cracks. While he was trying to build a family and rebuild his career, we were all passing judgment. Most of us had turned our backs on him. I thought, “my God, he was so unique, so original, so rare, and there will never be anyone like him again. He was a king.” Michael Jackson was a human being but he was a king. Long live the king.
– Madonna


I wanna kiss him. (giggles) I may kiss him but I mean if I kiss him it won’t be for the screen.
– Naomi

He is sweet and shy and sensitive and seems to be a very caring, soulful person.
– Naomi

The sweetest thing Michael said to me was, um, that I reminded him of a fawn, which is like a baby deer. He said that is what he thought I looked like. I thought that like a “Bambi,” and I thought that was very sweet.
– Naomi

To me he is a wonderful person, inside and out. He was everything I thought he would be, or even more.
– Naomi

Look at him! Look at how beautiful he is!
– Naomi on Michael

I had fun with Naomi, but, I hate doing that. (Laughing) She’s a sweetheart. She’s a champ.
– Michael

I keep hearing that he’s frightened of me. (laugh) But I think it’s because the directors would tell me, Herb would say you have to touch him everywhere, and I’d say, but he doesn’t want me to touch him–“You can’t touch me there!” and Herb would say, “You have to do it!”
– Naomi

“Naomi! Herb!” photographer’s shout as Herb attempted to steer Naomi down the red carpet. How’s the video?” “I want to suck Michael Jackson’s cock!” Naomi dutifully tried to inform the free press as Herb shoved her in the door while attempting to gag her with his spare hand.
– Sharon Oreck

I like to touch people all the time. I mean, I had to push a little bit further but I like to be that way.
– Naomi

He just said I was crazy. He was frightened of me because I’m a nymphomaniac.

We were joking ALL the time. It was like, jokemaster. It was constantly jokes, jokes, jokes. We had a lot of fun. We were like two children. We had water fights and (giggles) cream can fights, whipped cream can fights.
– Naomi


“Well, you know what you gotta go and find out. You can’t afford not to take a chance. I mean you can’t be completely totally alone.”
– Sam Stein

“I can’t afford to mess up.”
– Michael

“Sometimes it’s hard for me to get close to people.”
– Michael

“As far as having a relationships, Is the baby moving? (joking)”
(Laughs uncomfortably.) “No, we’re careful, there’s no babies.”
– Sam and Michael


She told me she goes like, “Michael, why can I never get the chance to see you and never get through to you,” and I said.. “I well I don’t wanna call you because I said you know… spend some time with you and stuff.” So she goes, “I love you Michael and I’ll do whatever it takes and all that,” right?
– Michael

I was kinda interested in her… and I know I can trust this girl, like I told you a long time ago right? I said I know I can trust her, I don’t have any bad feelings.
– Michael

You know that’s what she said…. like it doesn’t matter, no matter what you know… she told me that she’s afraid she’s going to lose me as a friend or whatever, she’s afraid she’s not going to see me.
– Michael

Well… I’m gonna, I’m gonna be with her.
– Michael


When she was eighteen I used to tell my lawyer John Branca, do you know Lisa Marie Presley ’cause I think she’s really cute. And he’d laugh every time. He goes, “I’ll try my best”, that’s what he’d say. Then he’d come back and I’d say “well did you find out?” He’d say “no, there’s nothing”.
– Michael Jackson

Michael wanted to meet me earlier in my life, and I said, “No way.” I thought he was a freak, and I had no interest in meeting him. But when I finally did, he immediately dashed any preconceived idea I had about him.
– Lisa Marie

I didn’t think of him like that when I first met him. We had something though. We were sitting talking and after 20 minutes I’d forgotten who he was.
– Lisa Marie

He was very quick to, the first time I met him, sit me down and go, ‘listen, I’m not gay, I know you think this and I know you think that. And he started cursing, and he started being a real person. And I thought ‘wow’. I was always saying, ‘People wouldn’t think I was so crazy if they saw who the hell you really are: that you sit around and you drink and you curse and you’re fucking funny, and you have a bad mouth, and you don’t have that high voice all the time.’
– Lisa Marie

He’s not stupid, he didn’t get where he was because he’s stupid. It’s unfortunate that not a lot of people know who he really is. He doesn’t let anybody see it. And he has some idea about how he should represent himself in the public, that he thinks works for him, which is the sort-of meek victim, meek-quiet thing that he does, which is not like how he really is. So, he doesn’t let a lot of people see that.
– Lisa Marie

When Michael was about to leave, he offered Lisa a penetrating look and in a conspiratorial voice said, “You and me, we could get into a lot of trouble. Think about that, girl.”
– Brett Strong

Then I met Michael and I could tell he was interested in me – we had a connection at the time.  I made the mistake of saying I was not happy in my marriage, and the courting started. Flowers. Calls. Candies. You name it . . . everything started coming.”
– Lisa Marie

I fell in love… for him. Because he was an incredible, an incredibly dynamic person. If you were in his vicinity and he wanted to give – and he showed you who he was, and he was willing to do that in any way, meant that… I have never felt so high in my life. I have never felt so high in my life as that. I am not lying when I say that. He had something so intoxicating about him and when he was on, when he was ready to share with you or give it to you, and be himself and allow you to come in. I don’t know if I’ve ever been that intoxicated by anything.
– Lisa Marie

Lisa, kept calling me after that. Constantly calling me. And she wanted to get together with Michael more. Lisa met with Brett a few times to talk about it, remarking that she had “a few things in common with the Jacksons and maybe she should pursue a friendship with Michael.” I always talked about him as a passionate man [who was] extremely loving…and that attracted Lisa, that loving part, and loving children.
-Brett Strong

I began getting phone calls from an amazed Brett about this time. “He’s saying, ‘Gosh, Lisa’s calling me and Lisa’s really interested in Michael!’ ” Brett’s impression, was that Michael was absorbed in his work, but that Lisa was really interested in him. “And I said, ‘Come on! What do you mean?’ [Brett] said, ‘You haven’t met him, but he’s very charismatic.’ And I said, ‘Yeah, but I can’t believe it.’ He said, ‘Yeah, she’s kind of pursuing him.’
– Mike Edwards

I think it was the passion of a woman who fell in love. And Michael wasn’t even interested at all. And he is a gentleman; he wouldn’t have wanted to pull her away from her marriage to Danny. And she pursued him.
– Brett Strong

I know that Lisa is the one who pursued the relationship.
– Bob Wall

I started calling him, he started calling me, I sort of became his friend.
– Lisa Marie

By mid 1993, Lisa Marie was deeply in love with Michael – and she made sure they got together regularly. I realize now that she was pursuing Michael – and that she was determined to make him her husband.
– Brett Strong

One of the things that Michael told me was, “Man, I didn’t know that Lisa was going to divorce her husband for me.”
– Teddy Riley

He’s not sexually seductive, but there is something riveting about him. He doesn’t let people see who he is. When he does, it’s hard to shake.
– Lisa Marie

Yes, she did have sincere feelings for him, according to what she told me. She did. She didn’t do it because Michael coerced her. She genuinely cared about him. She told me she knew he was interested in women.
– Myrna Smith

I was already friends with him, there was already some romantic stuff going on a little bit before [the allegations] happened (in August). So it was like, I was already like, you know, I was the only one he would be calling so I felt all privileged and, you know, that he was trusting me and telling me what happened and it was very convincing and I believed him.
– Lisa Marie

He called…I was in touch with him through the whole process of this – charges going on. I was talking to him when he disappeared. I was actually supposed to go to Santa Juan, Puerto Rico when he left and disappeared, and I got a call that he wasn’t going to be there and I was actually a part of the whole thing with him, by talking to him on the phone, so…
– Lisa Marie

You look like a woman who needs to let go and have some fun. You look like a woman who needs to hook up with me.
– MJ to Lisa, Magic &Madness

At the time there was sexual attraction. Yeah.
– Lisa Marie

Of course, I wouldn’t have married him at the time if I hadn’t (felt physically attracted to him). It wasn’t instinctive to me right off the bat. He needed to make that overture because I wasn’t going to.
– Lisa Marie

No, he was… whenever he was ready to make a move on me, it happened. I wasn’t the instigator, I wouldn’t, you know, I um… that wasn’t something I could imagine at the time.
– Lisa Marie

…obviously I didn’t resist (him kissing me).
– Lisa Marie

I wouldn’t have married him if I wasn’t [sexually satisfied].
– Lisa Marie

Yes, these were romantic nights. I mean, it was normal. I wasn’t going to get married if it wasn’t that.
-Lisa Marie

Yeah, in private we were doing all the things that married people do: kissing, going to bed together, having sex…. That was part of it, for a while.
– Lisa Marie

Apparently, Michael Jackson is a freak in bed. Lisa said he was amazing, and she’s been around. Everyone was saying, ‘No way, Lisa. It can’t be true. Michael Jackson? Are we talking about the Michael Jackson, the one with the glove?’ However, she wasn’t joking, and it wasn’t long before she didn’t think it was funny, either.
– Monica Pastelle

My taste in sex is probably “porn style.” [Laughs] I am a little dark on the subject. I like it rough, the way they do things in porn movies.
– Lisa Marie

Man, we were backstage after the show, and here comes Mike with this chick, and he’s all up in her face, kissing on her, and we were saying, “Who the heck is this girl?” Finally he introduced her: Lisa Marie Presley. You could have knocked me over with a feather. I said to the guys, “Check this out. The King of Pop and the King’s daughter, together. It had to happen.” They looked pretty cozy.
– Otis Williams

Yeah, anyway we were spending a lot of time together. I don’t know how it didn’t manage to get in the press, because we weren’t hiding it. I was in Las Vegas, we were in…everywhere… bookstores. We were not hiding it.
– Lisa Marie

On the way to the movie theater, he turned to her and said, “Lisa, here. Come here. Sit here.” He said it just like a regular man, not in that little-boy voice of his. It was like, you’re going to sit with me, woman, and she did. I was very impressed, but I was also confused. I mean, who was this guy?
– David Foster

I know that he and Lisa Marie were absolutely 100% in love because I was around them, and it was amazing. It was a great love story. I know that.
– David Foster

Michael asked me, “Can I bring my love interest?” It was romantic. Later, I asked Michael how things were going and he said, “Great. I just got to kiss the most beautiful girl in the world. I hope I’m worthy of her. I think I might marry her.” For a while, those two were really getting it on.
– Donald Trump

He told her that she was the only woman he could see himself marrying. And I was like, ‘You gotta be kidding.’ but Lisa responded, “Myrna, you don’t understand.”
– Myrna Smith

Michael was the one who mentioned marriage. On the telephone. He first asked me…We were going out four months, um…right? Four months? I was separated for four months and I said…he said what would you do if I asked you to marry me? And I said I would.
– Lisa

A big I would. You were really enthusiastic! (laughing)
– Michael to Lisa

Lisa and I were in the living room [at Neverland] having a glass of wine. We had just finished watching All About Eve, starring the great Bette Davis. We both love that movie. I just walked over to her, reached into my pocket and pulled out this huge diamond ring. “So what do you think?” I asked her. “You want?” She screamed out, “Yes, yes yes.” I never even officially popped the question. We never actually discussed marriage. It just sort of happened.
– Michael Jackson

We were in the library in front of the fire and he pulled this giant 10 carat diamond out of his pocket and put it on my finger. I think he got on his knees too and proposed. I did think it would be forever.
– Lisa Marie

I love Lisa Marie. Why won’t people believe that? Why won’t the public let me be happy?
– Michael Jackson

Lisa didn’t live at Neverland. We visited Neverland the way…I lived at her house in the city and every once in a while we visited Neverland. It would be like our fun weekend.
– Michael

I honestly can tell you that it was in every sense a normal marriage and everything was spoken. In the middle of the night, if he needed to wake up and tell me, bounce something off me, and wake me up and wanna talk… if there was trouble… He was like a little gnome. I used to tell him he was a gnome running around the room because it was hard for him to sleep. A lot of times I couldn’t sleep either if he wasn’t sleeping. I’d just hear him piddling. It was a bit endearing but then I didn’t mind it. But he did have a hard time sleeping, yes.
– Lisa Marie

And I really loved that role and I loved taking care of him. It was the highest point of my life, one of the very highest points of my life. When things were going really well and he and I were united together and he and I had an understanding about some of the people and the things that could go around him and he was with me on those things and we were a unit and I could take care of him. Loved being next to him, taking care of him. I was on such a high from doing that. It was a very profound time of my life.
– Lisa Marie

But believe me; the love affair between them is real. It’s not a phoney marriage designed to make Michael look better. Michael definitely wants to have children with Lisa Marie – and she says she can’t wait to have his baby.
– Brett Strong

I am very much in love with Michael; I dedicate my life to being his wife. I understand and support him.
– Lisa Marie

The press release was Lisa Marie’s idea. She wanted to set the record straight. If it was up to me, I would have just said, “Let people think what they want.”
– Michael Jackson

After the (Scientology) test, Lisa Marie hugged him and kissed him on the lips. She was so proud and happy. It certainly looked like they were a happy couple.
– Terry Dangers

There was a lot of teasing, a lot of kidding around, like any other newlywed couple.
– Steve Manning

I was there when Lisa Marie was around. They acted like two kids in love. Held hands all the time and she hung out at the studio for quite a while. I never questioned their love for each other.
– Robmix

He’s cuddly with Lisa Marie in the studio.
– Jimmy Jam

Michael and Lisa Marie were great together and a lot of fun to be with.
– David Nordahl

Lisa Marie is great, they feel very good together. They are inseparable. She comes very often to the studio.
– Bruce Swedien

We did mundane married couple things, like watch TV together. I remember Alanis [Morissette] broke like a bat out of hell back then. I pulled him into the room and said, ‘You gotta listen to this.’ He liked her and then when she took the Grammy, he goes, ‘Well, that’s your girl, you were on it.’”
– Lisa Marie

For Diane Sawyer to ask all the other questions and then have someone else ask that – why? I’m sick of this whole stupid thing about, ‘Do they have sex?’ Somebody asked me that and I said, “No, they just sit there, look at each other and masturbate.’ I mean it’s STUPID. I wish people would shut the fuck up and leave him alone.
– Janet Jackson

What I saw made me think of the scene which two in love act as if they were alone in the world, in spite of the crowd which surrounds them. That only comes when two people are deeply enthusiastic about one another. I did not even need to guide Michael and Lisa. I did not need, for example, to ask them to intertwine. They spontaneously did it and most naturally. They spoke to each other in a very soft tone, the tone of two people very much in love with one another. Between shots, they were whispering and giggling to each other. They were so happy it was hard to keep their attention on the camera. They were so much into each other.
– Dick Zimmerman

I was in the studio just last Sunday and he was on the phone three times to Lisa within an hour. They are very much in love and anyone who doesn’t believe that is just stupid.
– Janis DaSilva

The warmth displayed in the You Are Not Alone video is for real. The shots in the last scene were done without Michael and Lisa Marie knowing it, literally off-camera.
– Wayne Isham

I had a lot of fun with Lisa Marie on the set. But when the director said, “Action”, she became very shy. I was giving her a hard time too!
– Michael Jackson

As for Nic and Michael, there were good times, but people are just interested in the bad stuff. It’s just sensationalism. With Michael, I learned a lot. Nothing was all that terrible.
– Lisa Marie

She was asked [whether or not she wanted me to be father to her children] on TV and she said, “No, they have a father. Their father is Keogh,” that other guy.
– Michael

And I did things that hurt him. I did stupid things too. Danny was still very much part of my life. Michael didn’t quite know what to do with that sometimes. That made him uncomfortable and I understood that. Michael would wonder, “Why are you in Hawaii with Danny?” I’d take a vacation and Danny would go. Michael would get upset and “Where are you?” and he would disappear for a couple of weeks and I couldn’t find him.
– Lisa Marie

She had no problem doing that but her and I had several big arguments ‘ cause she’s very territorial with her children. Her children were [her major concern]….and I said “No, all children are our concern,” and she never liked that coming from me.
– Michael

I wanted children and she didn’t. She felt she had her kids. She promised me before we married, that would be the first thing we’d do was have children. It disappointed me that she wouldn’t keep her promise to me, you know?
– Michael

The great sex continued, though. It was the thing that made it difficult for her to see straight where he was concerned. Whatever was going on in the privacy of their bedroom was enough to keep her hooked into the relationship. However, things were getting strained. When they weren’t in bed making love, they were fighting.
– Monica Pastelle

We’d go shopping and go to dinner, people would come over. Although that was only for the first six, seven months, then all that kind of dwindled away.
– Lisa Marie

We hit rough waters, we would fight, we would argue, three day arguments sometimes, taking a break to eat and sleep. I have to say that I really admire that he really gave it a good shot, you know.
– Lisa Marie

Michael always spoke with affection and respect for Lisa Marie Presley, with the one exception when he told me that she has wanted him to get involved with Scientology and got pushy. He had to tell her that he had no interest in becoming a Scientologist. Michael was dismissive of Scientology and spoke of how the practices of Scientologists that he had been exposed to were not sufficiently spiritual or substantive for him.
– Schmuley

As much as he can love anyone else, possibly. I don’t know how much he can access love, really. I think as much as he can love somebody he might have loved me.
– Lisa Marie

It was like a drug. He was like a drug for me. I felt like I just always wanted to be around him, always wanted to be part of – I felt so high. I’ve never felt like that around another human being, except for one, which was my father.
– Lisa Marie

I was still very much in love with him when I left him. I left him to sort of stomp my foot in the ground and go… I was trying to take a stand and say, come with me, don’t do this. That was a stupid move, because he didn’t. And he’s you know, he’s a stubborn… I’m stubborn, he’s stubborn. The two of us it was like you know…
– Lisa Marie

I know Lisa was great. She was a sweet person. But it is hard to tie me down. I can’t stay in one place one time so that’s why I don’t know if I can really be completely married all the time. Yes, (marriage is too confining). I don’t know whether I’m disciplined enough.
– Michael

But I want to say this because it’s important: I didn’t feel appreciated [by Jackson]. That was why I left. It might have hit him later because I never took or wanted anything. He may have realized that at some point. I have no idea.
– Lisa Marie

I’m not easy to live with in that way for a wife. I not easy and I know I’m not easy. And women want to be the center. And I remember LMP would always say to me,” I’m not a piece of furniture.” “I’m not a piece of furniture.” “You just can’t…” and I say, “I don’t want you to be a piece of furniture,” and you know, there’d be some sick little girls calling on the phone and she’d get mad and hang up on them.
– Michael

He was an amazing person and I am lucky to have gotten as close to him as I did and to have had the many experiences and years that we had together.
– Lisa Marie

The press only report the bad things. They don’t know how much love there is between them.
– Taryll Jackson

Lisa Marie was just with me in Africa. We (went to) IMAX theaters, simulated-ride safaris, dinner. We went parasailing. It was wonderful.
– Michael

He cares about her very much, but it didn’t work out and he was devastated. He loved her very much. Still does.
– Debbie Rowe

“She regrets (not having my baby). She said so. She’d like to (have a baby with me), yes,” he says putting a mischievous finger to his lips. “Shh.”
– Michael

The only thing I know for sure is Lisa definitely is not back with Danny. She really did visit Michael there [the Beverly Hills hotel MJ was staying at]. I definitely think Lisa wants Michael back. They spend a lot of time together. I talk to Mike pretty often.
– Flo Anthony

The hardest decision I have ever had to make, which was to walk away and let his fate have him, even though I desperately loved him and tried to stop or reverse it somehow. After the divorce, I spent a few years obsessing about him and what I could have done different, in regret. Then I spent some angry years at the whole situation.
– Lisa Marie

We again, were going to get back together, we spent four more years after we’d divorced getting back together and breaking up and talking about getting back together and breaking up. At some point, I had to push it away because it was not, I wasn’t moving forward with myself. And actually afterwards, he and I were still… I was still flying all over the world still with him to follow.
– Lisa Marie

We’ve had a few benign conversations recently, but I wouldn’t consider us friends. We didn’t speak for four years.
– Lisa Marie

After we got divorced she would hang out with my mother all the time. I have all these letters saying, “I’ll give you nine children. I’ll do whatever you want.” and of course the press don’t know all these stories and she just tried for months and months and I just became too hard-hearted at that point. I closed my mind on the whole situation.
– Michael

I remember that’s how she felt (regretting having his child) at the time [laughs]. No matter what I say, I’m in trouble with this question. The next issue of TV Guide will probably say “Well, Lisa said she doesn’t ever want to see him again!” Lisa’s sweet. I like her very much and we are friends. And who knows what tomorrow brings? I have no idea how she feels today. I’ll just say that. She comes to my house and sees the children, and we talk on the phone, that sort of thing.
– Michael

I’ve been through two bad divorces. I just got out of the second one. Even when married to those women that I was married to, I’d go to bed hurting. I was hurting.
– Michael

Lisa… we’re still friendly, but she’s running around.
– Michael

We’ve had no contact since our divorce.
– Lisa Marie

I’m not with him, nor have I been for a very long time.
– Lisa Marie

I walked away a long time ago.
– Lisa Marie

If I were to bump into Michael in the hotel lobby, I’d just say “Hi’… and then walk. We have no contact at all.
– Lisa Marie

The last time I spoke to him was sometime in 2005. It was a very long conversation. I was so removed from him and he could feel it and he could hear it. And I think that’s one of the things that killed me in the end too was that I was very distanced and he was checking to get a read, he was trying to throw a line out to see if I would bite emotionally and I wouldn’t. I was pretty shut off at that point. I don’t even know how I managed to be like that but I was. He asked if I still loved him and we went into a whole thing about that and I told him I was indifferent and he didn’t like that word and he cried. He was trying to find out where I was at and how I could become so detached.
– Lisa Marie

I more wanted to apologize. I felt like I wanted to apologize. For not being around.
– Lisa Marie


I go ‘Hi’. And he goes ‘Hi,’ and I said, ‘You know what? Nobody does what you do better, and nobody does what I do better. Let’s get this over with.’ And he laughed, and we just became friends. It was just right away.
– Debbie

(Michael spoke to me about her) sometimes. Not exactly (in a way that made me believe he was in love with her or would marry her).
– Katherine Jackson

I think that she loves him very much. She admired him very much.
– Arnold Klein

I wrote ‘Remember the Time’ when Michael {Jackson} told me about falling in love with {Debbie Rowe}, the woman he just married. I don’t know why he didn’t marry her the first time around.
– Teddy Riley

She has been so enamored and in love with Michael her entire life. She is a nice girl.
– Brian Oxman

When he went into the rehab, I remember that Debbie was so, so relieved. When Michael got out of rehab he started dating Lisa Marie. But he never stopped seeing Debbie, even after he married Lisa Marie.
– Tonya Boyd

She cared about him, would be up all night long on the phone with him. She said he was best on the phone…. she said, “He’s unique, kinky, actually.
– Tonya Boyd

I know when Michael was addicted, Debbie stayed on the telephone for hours and hours, pleading with him to save himself. She told me that she said: “If you die, I will be crushed. I wouldn’t be able to survive it. You are my very life.”
– Tonya Boyd

He’d call and say, ‘Hi what are you doing? Do you want to get a video?’ We’d sneak out without security. We got caught. I thought, ‘Oh my God! This is like a Beatles film. We’re getting chased by people. We’d go out and do stuff, sneak him into premieres and things… yeah, we had a good time, we had a good time.
– Debbie

But it was true, just the same: Michael was seeing Debbie Rowe while he was married to Lisa. Lisa knew it. At one point, she and Debbie had a tense telephone conversation during which Lisa said: “Look, nursey. I’m sorry that you’re in love with my husband. But he’s mine. So get lost.”
– Monica Pastelle

[Debbie and I] soon had to leave cuz Lisa Marie was on her way. She was in that video and well, it was time to go.
– Tonya Boyd

I knew he wanted a family, so one day a few years ago I said to him: “Michael, I’ll give you the baby you want.” He said no. He said he wanted a traditional family. So he married Lisa Marie. When that broke up, when she left him, I said “I’m serious, I’ll give you the baby you want.”
– Debbie

One day she starts telling me she was planning on having him a baby! She told me this way before she was ever pregnant.
– Tonya Boyd

Well, I said, I said, you know, my offer still stands… I said if you want to be a daddy…I want to do it.
– Debbie

And I knew Debbie Rowe was offering to do it for him while we were married, according to him. She was a nurse who had a crush on him and offered to have his babies.
– Lisa Marie

We started by fooling around a bit and the next thing we knew we were doing it. We knew we were going to try for a baby.
– Debbie

Michael and I do have sex. We get it on.
– Debbie

This is a natural conception. Debbie finds it amazing that people won’t believe that. She told me two years ago, “Michael likes girls.”
– Tonya Boyd

She said it was natural, and I believe her.
– Mary Colandro

I think they did have sex. I really do, and I can’t guarantee that. I think they did have sex in their relationship.
– Arnold Klein

I know that they had sex together. That’s what she told me. That Debbie had sex with Michael… I have no doubt. I wasn’t in the bedroom. But I have no doubt that when she would tell me her — these little things about their private life — that it would…
– Iris Finsilver

I can’t wait to see him again. We’re going to stay all day and night in bed – I can’t wait.
– Debbie

They had relations together. You betcha they did.
– Brian Oxman

Yes, I had sex with Debbie.
– Michael

Sleeping with Michael was the weirdest experience of my life. I once had to pretend I was a peasant girl at his ranch while he put on a suit of armor and conquered me. Michael was an incredible lover who left me exhausted.
– Debbie

We’ll take suites with two rooms. I need my space. When I need to sleep, I need to sleep. He’ll stay up until 4 am pacing, thinking. Sometimes he’ll come up to me in the middle of the night when I’m asleep and stick things in my nose or my ear and wake me up. Sometimes I wake up and I won’t hear him and I’ll be in a panic. When I realise he’s asleep, I go into his room and climb into bed with him because than we can sleep together.
– Debbie

One of the best things to do is… what I think… When you love someone… don’t you ever wake up in the middle of the night and just look at ’em? And see the beauty. I mean that’s… peace. That’s… calm. That’s, that’s how that person is. You know you don’t see the stress of the day or what’s going on, you know. And I could sit and stare at him for hours. ‘Cause it was calm.
– Debbie

At the time when the story broke, Debbie was supposed to meet him in Australia. She presumed that the trip would be off, that Michael would be so upset about what had happened that he would refuse to see her. She cried a lot that day.
– Tony Boyd

We call it investigative journalism. She really is Michael Jackson’s best friend. Theirs is a brotherly-sisterly love. She didn’t do this for monetary gain, but monetary gain will result. She made it clear her role is to deliver (the baby) to Jackson after three to four weeks. It will be looked after by two nannies hired by Jackson.
– Stuart White

I picked up the telephone, hoping it was Michael calling for Debbie from Australia, and this woman said: “Would you please put Miss Rowe on the phone?” ‘I thought it was a reporter, so I said: “She’s not here.” And the woman said: “Well this is Michael Jackson’s mother. I simply must find her.” Immediately handed Debbie the phone.
– Tonya Boyd

Debbie is a nurse who loves her work, who loves taking care of people. Every day she wants to get up and look after others, to help them and make them better. That’s why I love her, and that’s what gives her bliss in life, God bless her.
– Michael

There’s different Michaels. There’s, like, my Michael. And the Michael that everyone else sees.
– Debbie

We have the most conventional marriage two uncoventional people can have.
– Debbie

I haven’t abandoned him, a lot of people think I’ve abandoned him, I haven’t abandoned him. I haven’t abandoned my husband. I’m there, it’s not like I’m that far away. I can be there in 13 hours.
– Debbie

Sure, and I miss Michael a lot too. But, I don’t feel like I have to be there, I don’t think being there 24 hours a day makes a better relationship
– Debbie

It’s very hard. We haven’t been able to spend time as a family. Not at all.
– Michael

I’m really independent, and Michael understands that, and I’m really fortunate to have a husband who does understand that. Who knows that I need to work, and I need to have my own self. Because he is so big, and he is so Michael. I don’t need to live with him 24 hours a day. And he’s working right now. And when he comes home we’ll have time, and we’ll be together more.
– Debbie

Michael consistently told me that it was Debbie Rowe’s wish not to be involved with the children. The impression he gave me was that he felt it was better for the kids not to have their mother in their lives if such involvement was not voluntary.
– Schmuley

They’re adults. Say what you want, have any judgment you like about it, but it’s their life, and they get to live it whatever way they choose.
– Tonya Boyd

I heard Debbie’s doing good, she’s fine. Paris is strong like Debbie.

As Mr. Jackson knows, no one can tell me what to say.
– Debbie

We are a family unit. Michael and I will always be connected with the kids. I will always be there for him. I will always be there for the children. And people make remarks, oh, I can’t believe she left her children. Left them? I left my children? I did not leave my children. My children are with their father where they’re supposed to be
– Debbie


I recall the many appearances he made in DC (such as the Jackson’s Reunion Tour and others) she would literally bother us to take her to the hotel to join the many fans who were camped outside showing their support to the Jackson’s. What was so amazing and what makes me believe this was a bond, Jermaine Jackson was walking into the hotel and somehow he saw my sister and brought her inside to receive an autograph from Michael Jackson and the Jackson’s.
– Todd Mangatal

I even remember her saying she was going to marry Michael, yes to me this sound like an obsessed fan, but again, I think it was more than that, it was destiny for her to have the opportunity to meet and know the star she adored.
– Todd Mangatal

About a year after arriving in LA she got a great job with a major talent management company, and who their biggest client turned out to be was Michael Jackson, so she had the opportunity to get to know the star she idolized from childhood.
– Todd Mangatal

So, she plans on doing something about the accusations by telling the truth of what she knows about her good friend.
– Todd Mangatal

It was a close personal relationship. I don’t want to go into detail about it but yes it was intimate.
– Shana

Michael would kill me if I said that (we had sex), I refuse to discuss those details. But I will say that he’s a normal man, he’s a red blooded man. He’s very flirtatious, he loves women.
– Shana

No, as a matter of fact I’m scared he’s gonna be angry that I’m finally coming forward. I’ve sat back for ten years and not said a word during all the other allegations going on.
– Shana

He was the love of my life. When you look at him, you don’t see the freakish appearance that comes through in pictures. I see his heart.
– Shana

Shana told me that in the time she knew Michael he married Lisa Marie Presley and it devastated her. But when he got back from his Honeymoon he apologized.
– ET

At the end of the day she did spend a little time with Michael, who expressed his appreciation to her for “being there for him”, for her help with the event and it’s success, and most importantly for all her support.
– Todd Mangatal

Michael and I used to talk about show biz alot. He gave me alot of advice. He knew I wanted to be an actress, so he put me in Is This Scary and Ghosts. I’ll always be grateful to him for that.
– Shana

He did not want me to do it. Sometimes he didnt know what was best for himself though! Thankfully, after I did it he thanked me (although he asked me not to do any more!)
– Shana

The most touching moment for me was when Rebbie spotted me. She came over to me and gave me a big hug. She thanked me for being there for her brother and told me she had heard so many good things about me. That meant so much to me and I’ll always have a soft spot in my heart for Rebbie.
– Shana

The last time I saw him, the first thing he mentioned was how much fun we had filming this [Ghosts]!
– Shana

I supported MJ on ET in 2003, because the situation was dire and he needed someone to speak up and say something positive. He was my friend and I will always stand by him through thick and thin.
– Shana

Everything I have ever said or written here on FB is the 100% TRUTH.
– Shana

After reviewing the matter for some months now, I have found no evidence that Shana Mangatal was Michael Jackson’s secret girlfriend. I will retract everything I said about this matter.
– Firpo Carr

The “evidence,” given to me by a very credible source, lead to a deadend; and, yes, I do believe I was mislead.
– Firpo Carr

Shana responded by making a heartfelt personal appeal to reconsider the retraction. She asked that I just leave things as they are.
– Firpo Carr

Lisa did a FANTASTIC job in articulating exactly how it felt. The interview was great. I was in tears through the whole thing. I completely relate, and I understand.
– Shana


Michael Jackson The Flirt

April 14, 2010

Filming Videos:


With Diana Ross:

With Lisa Marie Presley:


1976- 1982 Diana Ross

December 9, 2009

Youtube videos:

Diana Ross Introduces Michael Jackson, Ed Sullivan Show, 1969

Diana Special, Michael Sketch, 1971

Diana Ross Special With Michael Part 1, Feb 1981

Diana Ross Special With Michael Part 2, Feb 1981

Attend Academy Awards Together, March, 1981

Interviewed by Regis Philburn, Academy Awards, March 1981

Award of Merit, American Music Awards 1984

Performing We Are The World, American Music Awards, Jan, 1986

World Music Awards, 1996



Michael Jackson, age 12, 1970

“Diana Ross has told me that people in show business can get hurt. I don’t see how, to tell the truth. Maybe one day I will, but I kinda doubt it”

Diana, Newsweek, 1970

When Hatcher later became the city’s first black mayor, he rewarded the Jacksons by spotlighting them at a 1968 civic “Soul Weekend” starring Diana Ross and the Supremes. “He won me over the first moment I saw him,” Ross told NEWSWEEK in 1970. “I saw so much of myself as a child in Michael. He was performing all the time. That’s the way I was. He could be my son.” She convinced her boss, Berry Gordy, to audition the group for his legendary Motown label.


14 year old Michael, Right On!, October 1972

Diana Ross makes me happy! She’s still very involved in our career and visits us whenever she can. She’s like a sister to us!

Pete Bennett, Promoter, On The Transfer From Motown to Epic, 1975, (July 2nd 2009)

“Joe Jackson signed the contract to CBS, the Jacksons were threatened by their label not to go to Epic/Columbia and even Diana Ross was calling him up – calling Michael every day telling him don’t sign don’t sign, don’t go to Columbia. You’re gonna get in a lot of trouble, things like that.

Michael’s affiliation with… Diana Ross, Diana Ross was close to Michael. But Diana Ross, Michael always admired Diana Ross, he loved Diana Ross. They were very good good friends. He idolized Diana Ross. You know, for advice and things like that. I would say.”

Soul, May 10 1976

Michael spends a great deal of time with the birds. He even draws pictures of them, at least one of which he has given to his good friend Diana Ross.

And speaking of likes, his tastes in a poetential wife are succinct and to the point: “I would like for her to be nice and kind. That’s important.”

July, 1977

Michael is in NYC to rehearse and film his first movie The Wiz, with Diana Ross as his co-star.

September 28, 1977

Universal Pictures holds a press conference at Astoria Studios in Queens ( New York ) to announce the making of The Wiz. Michael attends the event with Diana Ross, Nipsey Russel and Ted Ross.

My Family, Katherine Jackson, (published 1990)

Motown was still searching for a house to rent for the family, so it put Joe, Jack, and the boys in temporary accommodations. I was amazed to hear those temporary accommodations happened to be the Hollywood Hills home of Diana Ross. Diana and the boys became attached immediately.

MARLON: The time spent at Diana’s was one of the best times of my life; we got to do whatever we wanted to do. Diana was a kid in some ways, too.

We’d just tear up. Boy, we had fun! Diana, Michael, and I would go swimming all day. To encourage our interest art, she bought paint supplies, including several easels that she set up in the living room.

But more often than not, our painting sessions would turn into big paint fights. We really did a number on her white shag carpet.


As “I Want You Back” was being released in October, the Jackson Five made their network TV debut on “The Hollywood Palace.” The guest host was none other than Diana Ross, making her farewell appearance with the Supremes. I watched with baited breath from my living room in Gary, with LaToya, Randy, and Janet at my side.

After she and the Supremes opened the show with a melody from the Broadway musical Hair, Diana took the microphone.

“It’s wonderful to return as your hostess,” she said, “especially tonight, when I have the pleasure of introducing a great young star who has been in the business all of his life. He has worked with his family, and when he sings and dances, he lights up the stage. Here he is, Michael Jackson and the Jackson Five!”


The kids were inside. After we got through hugging and kissing, they turned and said, “Mother, we want you to meet Diana Ross.”

Diana, who happened to be visiting, approached me.

“I’m so happy to meet you,” she said. “Your children have talked so much about you.” Then she hugged and kissed me, too.


When Diana Ross was named to play Dorothy, Michael had further incentive to land a role in the movie; he’d been in love with her ever since he and his brothers had been her houseguests. “You’re not pretty until you start looking like Diana!” he would tease LaToya and Janet.

The fact that we were still being sued by Motown at the time did make Michael wonder about his chances of winning a part in The Wiz. But with Diana’s encouragement he went ahead and auditioned in front of director Sidney Lumet for the role of the Scarecrow. To Michael’s delight, Mr. Lumet loved his audition and chose him for the part.


Diana Ross was a big support throughout the shooting. Michael referred to her as “my mama” on the set. She made a habit of checking in on him in his dressing room each morning. However, there were some moments during the dance rehearsals when Diana was probably pretty upset with Michael. Michael learned his dance moves so fast from the choreographer that he wound up unintentionally showing up everyone else, including Diana.

“Michael, wait a minute!” she’d have to tell him. “Don’t do it so fast. You’re making me look silly!”

The Ledger, 14 Oct 1977

Michael on filming the Wiz, August-Dec, 1977,

Another, though much less serious, problem occured during filming of the movie. In one scene the Scarecrow had to pick up Dorothy, who had fainted. Michael later recalled the rather humorous incident: “the funniest thing was a scene we were doing on the rooftop. Diana was supposed to faint, and I had to pick her up. But she was too heavy. I kept puffing away on the dialogue while I tried over and over again to lift her, until I finally made it.”

Record Mirror, October 22 1977

One person Michael isn’t new to is Diana Ross who plays the lead role of Dorothy. What’s it like to be working with her again?

“I love it, she’s a great lady, a special lady.”

J Randy Tarraborelli on The Wiz shoot, 1977 (published December 15 2000)

Diana Ross, while filming The Wiz, was asked to Michael Jackson’s apartment in New York and stayed the night.

One of Diana’s assistants said he had been trying to get hold of both of them all morning as they were late for filming. He said that he eventually got hold of them on the phone and was surprised to find they were in his apartment and that she had apparently spent the night there.

When this assistant asked Michael if anything had happened between them, Michael said, “you’d have to ask her that,” and when he asked Diana, she told him he needed to ask Michael.

Later on during the shoot Diana was apparently overheard talking to some girlfriends of hers and said to one of them, “well, I’ll tell you one thing, Michael definitely isn’t gay.”

London, Disco Dancing, 1978

The movie gave Michael a chance to team up with an old friend, the legendary and beautiful, Diana Ross.

“Diana looked after us a lot when we first started. She and I became good friends. I used to stay with her whenever we’d come up to New York. She got me interested in drawing and all kinds of things.

“One of the nicest things that happened on the movie set was when she brought her daughter and all her school class onto the movie set.

“We had such a great time. Even though she spent almost the entire afternoon trying to bite off the huge false nose I had to wear for the part.”

Bobby Colomby, Todd Gold, Recording of Destiny, 1978

Michael’s gullibility about sex worried Colomby so much that one day he took him upstairs to one of the small, second-storey offices at Cherokee Studios for a man-to-man talk. “Michael,” he started, “you’re a young man. You’re about to get out there in the world and meet a lot of people–a lot of women. And you might run into some interesting situations. Sometimes it’s difficult for you to go to your parents or your brothers and talk about those kind of things. But I want you to know that I’m there for you. That any time you need a friend, in any kind of situation, I’ll help you.” Michael smiles. He was touched. “God, that is so sweet of you,” he said. “But I already have someone I confide in like that.” “Oh, great,” Colomby replied, mildly surprised. “Can I ask who?” “Diana Ross” Michael replied.

October 24, 1978

Michael attends the premiere & opening night party of the movie The Wiz at the Pitt’s Century Plaza Theater in Century City (Los Angeles) with the Jackson family & Diana Ross among others.

People, January 15th 1979

Her supporters on the set included Michael Jackson, 20, a protégé of Diana’s ever since his family Five began. “She’s so beautiful, inside and out,” he gushes, “and she can talk about anything: jewelry, hairstyles, est.” Then there was a new admirer, Wiz director Sidney Lumet, who declares that “watching Diana is like watching this supernova exploding—she’s stunning.” But, admirers aside, there’s no romance in her life. Diana hasn’t had a strong, steady pair of arms since the divorce. “I had a lovely marriage,” she says. “When you find someone that you can enjoy a lot of the same pleasures with—even if it’s sitting in front of the television late at night with a big sandwich—it’s terrific. Those pleasures I miss.”

April, 1979

Randy says that Michael is very excited with the Wiz. “He loved it. He knows and loves Diana and that made it so much easier for him. She’s like a sister. He loved the original film and loved the play. He saw it when he didn’t know he was going to do the movie. He saw it about thirteen times.”

Ebony, september, 1979

On whether he has any close friends

There are a lot of people I like, and I think they like me, but only time will tell whether our friendships are really true ones, close ones. Diana Ross and I have some deep, deep conversations at times-especially on the phone, because I’m much deeper in conversation on the phone than I am in person.

Reading Eagle, Dec 28 1979

One of Mills’ dissappointments, although she’d rather not talk about it, is the fact that Diana Ross got the movie role in “Wiz,” a role that she wanted very, very badly.

“I visited the Wiz set,” Mills is saying, trying to sound cheerful and not succeeding, “and Diana asked me if I was bitter that she was there and I was just passing through,” she recollects. Ross, by innuendo, made her feel even worse. “She told me that if she didn’t get Wiz that Melba Moore or Lola Falana were next in line.”

From the book “Before He Was King”, photos taken in 1980:

We arranged to do this shoot of Michael in the Presidential Suite of the Peach Tree Hotel in Atlanta in the late afternoon, the time photographers call the “magic hour,” when the light casts a warm glow and the angle of the sun creates deep shadows. Throughout the session, Michael tended to look away from the camera and directly into the lens, and he only smiled once of twice during the forty-five-minute shoot. We barely spoke to one another, not wanting to break the spell. I made minimal hand gestures to direct him, and I would nod and hum approvingly when I was sure I got something special.

Later, when I showed him the proof sheets of the photo session, he ordered two large prints of every picture, which was highly unusual. Typically, if someone orders one or two pictures from a session, it’s considered a success. I was blown away. “Two of every single one? That’s about 144 prints… Michael answered, “Yes, I can count. I want one set for myself and one for Diana [Ross]. Todd, this is magic.”

Melody Maker, March 1, 1980

“Every day [Diana Ross] would stop in my room and ask me if I wanted anything. She’s a real, real mother. We met her when we auditioned for Berry Gordy at his mansion in Detroit — and it’s really a mansion. You think everything seemed big to you when you were a little kid because you were small, but we were back there on the last tour and — ooh — it’s still huge. It’s got everything — an indoor pool, a bowling alley, a gold course — and we auditioned at the pololside. Diana came over and told us how much she loved us and wanted to play a big part in our career. So she introduced us to the public. Our first hit album was called ‘Diana Ross Presentes The Jackson Five.’

When we came out with ‘Destiny,’ which was our first album writing all the songs and producing ourselves, she told us she’s proud of what we’re doing. She told me: to be with Motown or not be with Motown, she’ll always be here for us when we need her.

She checked in on me today. She’s in New York and she heard I was in hospital — I don’t know what made her think so — and I got a message that she wants me to call her. She really cares.

Blues and Soul, May 6-19th, 1980

B&S: How much help and influence did you get from Diana Ross in those early days?

MJ: Diana was – and still is – like a overseer for the whole group. As well as Berry Gordy – they were the two. You know, Berry has only ever managed two groups in the whole Motown history – the Supremes and the Jackson 5. But when we auditioned for Berry in Detroit, Diana came over when we were finished and she kissed and said that we were going to go a long, long way and that she wanted to be a part of it – and that’s what she did. In the things we have done together – such as “The Wiz” or the MTV specials – she been for us 100% and making sure that everything was done for us that could be done.
B&S: So she is someone very special to you?
MJ: Very!

January 30, 1981

Michael attends the American Music Awards with Diana Ross as his date for the evening.

February 5, 1981

During a Diana Ross concert in Los Angeles, Michael gets on stage to sing Upside Down with her.

March 2, 1981

CBS airs a Diana Ross’s TV Special featuring Michael. Together, they perform Rock With You & Ease On Down The Road (with Quincy Jones on the piano)

Diana, Toledo Blade – Mar 1, 1981

“It would be nice to have somebody to share my life,” says Diana, “somebody who is mine. I really don’t like transit affairs – I can’t stand that.

“I want a family relationship, but a lot of men get really scared ot that. They’re afraid of getting tied up, trapped.”

Diana’s steady date and lover for the past year has been Gene Simmons for the rock group KISS. She took up with him after being introduced by Cher… soon after Cher gave him up.

But there are problems.

For one thing, Simmons won’t go out in public without a mask and, of course, he appears on stage only with full face makeup, usually with his tongue extended.

Complains Diana: “When I went to the Golden Globes, I wanted Gene to come with me, but he couldn’t go, because it’s a big deal about his face and everything.”

Keeping covered started as a gimmick for Simmons, but now, according to Diana, it has grown into much more.

“His ego has nothing to do with showing his face. He wanted very much to go with me to the American Music Awards and thought of sitting in the back, but we knew there would be problems.

“So again, that left me without a date. So I took Steve Binder (a television producer). Sometimes, Michael Jackson and I end up being dates.”

She sighs, stretching on the sofa like a cat, her slender limbs sheathed in a satin jump suit.

April, 1981

Alright Michael, so just what’s all this about you and Diana Ross?

He looks to the floor and flounders a bit.

“We’re just good friends.”

My Michael Jackson Encounters,

One afternoon I was backstage as Diana Ross was rehearing for a special I was assigned to. I felt someone come up from behind, and there were three black guys. It was Michael with his two brothers. I can’t tell you which of his brothers, because I was absolutely mesmerized by the quiet, unassuming Michael who greeted Diana with a hug, as I stood just ten feet away.

I couldn’t say anything to him, because I was shocked he was there. It was surprise to everyone. He turned around, and we caught one another’s eyes. He smiled. I smiled back, and just like that he was gone.

Oscars, March 31, 1981

Michael attend the Academy Awards with Diana Ross and then they go to an after party where he meets and befriends actress Brooke Schields.

October, 1982

BC: You worked with Diana Ross…
MJ: Only very special people. I mean, Diana’s like a mother-lover-friend to me. She’s wonderful. I just produced and edited her next single, Muscles.
BC: Did you write the lyrics, too?
MJ: Lyrics, Music – I just finished that and it should be coming out at the end of this month.

Regarding the “mother-lover-friend” comment, in January 1977 Diana Ross gave an interview to People where she reffered to Berry Gordy as her, “father, mother, brother, sister, lover.” At the time it wasn’t public knowledge that she and Berry had had an affair together years earlier.


Diana Ross, Ebony November, 1981

Michael, Ebony, December, 1982

Moowalk re: Muscles 1982

“That song fulfilled a lifelong dream of returning some of the many favors she’s done for me. I have always loved Diana and looked up to her. Muscles, by the way, is the name of my snake.”

It includes the lyrics; “Let this be, we’ve got this thing made/Lost at sea, hide the desert/Stay with me, you won’t regret it/Take this love, so deep to swim in/Come to me, and let the love in.”

Premiere of the play Dreamgirls, April 1983

For instance in 1983 at the Los Angeles opening of the musical “Dreamgirls,” Entertainment Tonight reporter Catherine Mann waylaid Jackson at the post-show party. When Mann asked Jackson what he thought of the show, he replied: “It was the most incredible play I’ve ever seen. It’s brilliant. Everybody should see it.”

Asked how close it was to the true story of the Supremes, he said, “Boy, I’d hate to comment on that ’cause Diana Ross is avery dear friend of mine. So I better not say anything.”

Asked when he might tell Ross about the show, he said, “Actually she told me to see it for her. She did.”

Jet 12 Sep 1983

Michael and Diana, Ebony Nov 1983

24, Dec, 1983

But it’s Diana with whom Michael confides his “deepest, darkest secrets.”

“They have a friendship as genuine as any I’ve seen,” says Bob giraldi, director of his ‘beat it’ and ‘Billie jean’ videos in addition to Ross’ flashy video. “on set Diana would say, ‘what would Michael think of this?’ Michael would say, ‘what would Diana do with this?'”


Of course one of my best friends in the world is Diana Ross. She’s a good friend, a very dear friend. She’s the kind of person I can tell anything to- the most private of secrets! And she tells me her secrets as well. Sometimes I tell her I’m going to marry her. Our relationship goes on forever.

Diana Ross, 1984,

Diana Ross says of her good friend, “Sometimes even I’m stunned at how he can be so shy. He’ll hide, talk like this (she whispers) — then you let him on stage — and and he turns into this sexy, macho thing. I try to get him to step out socially, to get a little more out of himself. He spends too much time by himself.”

AMA, Pittsburg Press, 17 Jan 1984

Diana Ross, Jackson’s close friend and mentor since their days together on the Motown label, then came up to present the award and Jackson blew her a kiss.

@3:05 Michael Mania TV Special, AMA 1984

Diana: “He’s a very special kid and he’s grown up. I tried to get him to take his sunglasses off, he wouldn’t. But he’s very shy you know and he’s a star.”

JET, 30 January, 1984

The Dispatch, 31st Jan 1984

Branca said Jackson wanted to thank his friends and fans “for the love, flowers, telegrams and support they have been sending him… He especially wants to thank his dear friends Jane Fonda, Brooke Shields, Diana Ross, Yul Brynner, Liza Minnelli, John Travolta, Quincy Jones and Paul McCartney.”

Jet 6 Feb, 1984,

During the interview, Michael made these observations about:
Diana Ross: his lasting inspiration: “To me, she is a peacock… That’s what she is. She has so many colors. She’s not only a singer. She’s a philosopher. She teaches you all kinds of things. She told me to forget about the business side of business because we’re friends and that’s what counts.”

Focus Magazine, February 1984

RO/CLASS: Did the Wiz’s failure disappoint you?
Jackson: I was sorry. Sorry for Diana, me, all of us. But that seems so long ago, now.

RO/CLASS: Are you and Diana Ross still extremely close?
Jackson: Always. She’s my best friend. I love her.

Toledo Blade, 5 March, 1984

Toledo Blade, 8t March 1984

26th, April, 1984,”Michael Jackson: Body and Soul” by Geoff Brown

“Then, of course, there was always Diana Ross, his ‘mother-lover-friend’ as he often described her. There are two persistent rumours surrounding Michael and his relationship with Diana, only one of which seems at all plausible. One is that he is none other than her son (despite the fact that they only looked alike after his nose surgery). The other is that she initiated him into manhood before he “slipped away entirely”. Whatever the truth, Michael clearly has a very strong attachment to her, and she to him, though her expressed knowledge of him isn’t as thorough or intimate as one might expect: “Michael has a lot of people around him but he’s very afraid. I don’t know why. I think it came from the early days.” Genuine ignorance of him, or polite evasion of the question?”

Billboard Special Honoring Michael, 21 Jul 1984

Pittsburg Post Gazette, 5 Oct 1984

Rockwell, 1984

He’s also very close to Diana Ross but he isn’t obsessed with her.

Sept 11, 1984

Diana Ross says her favorite time with Jackson is their private moments.”When I’m with him, I try to give him exactly what he needs-a little peace and the feeling that he is loved and that he can trust you”, she said by the phone from New York.

”I also try not to talk about any of the things that other people would talk to him about. I bring up our little trips together or his love of art ot his sketching and ask where he is with that.”

“I care for Michael but I don’t worry about him. I think sometimes that he’s got angels on his shoulders to protect him.

He spends a lot of time — too much — by himself. I try to get him out. I rented a boat and took my children and Michael on a cruise and he loved it. He has so many people around him but he’s still afraid, especially to be alone at night. I don’t know why but he’s always been very cut off and distanced. When you get to be a star from age six and never knew any normal teenage life, when you were just used to the limousines and the tour buses, I guess it is understandable.”

1983, 85, 86, works on Dirty Diana

Michael writes the first draft of Dirty Diana in 1983, updates it in 1985 and finishes writing it in 1986.


All of Sun Valley was atwitter, having Michael Jackson amongst them for the holidays (as Diana Ross’s houseguest). Another Sun Valley duet: . Barbra Streisand and new beau, Richard Baskin.

EATEN ALIVE, registered July 1985

Song written by Michael with Barry and Maurice Gibb – two of the
Bee Gees.

Originally written, and registered in March 1985, by Barry and Maurice
Gibb. Michael heard their demo and felt it needed something else;
Barry offered to share credit with Michael, if he wanted to supply what
he thought was missing. Michael agreed and a second demo – recorded
by Michael – was registered in July, with the note, ‘words and music in
the choruses have been completely rewritten’.

Both demo versions, recorded in Los Angeles, remain unreleased.
Recorded by Diana Ross in mid 1985 in Los Angeles, with Michael and
the Gibb brothers on backing vocals, for her album of the same title,
issued in September 1985.

Produced by Michael with Barry Gibb, Karl Richardson and Albhy
Galuten. Michael was present during the recording of the instrumental
tracks, and judged whether they were suitable by dancing to them in the
studio. He also supervised the mixing, settling on one that Galuten
wasn’t too happy with.

Diana Ross releases the song “Eaten Alive”,  September 1985

A song co-written and including vocals from Michael, which includes the lyrics; “One flick of my tongue changes/The meaning of the world… Gotta do her, crawl all over me/You can rip my shirt, drag me in the dirt/I will be your slave, anything you say/I don’t ever wanna be, eaten alive.”


Spokesman Review, 2 feb 1986

Diana’s marriage to Arne, 1986

According to Adrian Grant’s book, Michael showed up half way through the AMA 86 ceremonies with Liz Taylor. Diana had already gotten married to Naess in a private ceremony in Oct ’85 and her public wedding in Switzerland was to be in Feb ’86. MJ apparently cancels his attendance at the public wedding at the last minute and doesn’t attend.

Michael Jackson was truly heartbroken that Diana Ross planned to marry Arne Naess, and would later say that he was particularly hurt that she hadn’t even introduced him to Arne, especially since they were already man and wife. “I was jealous because I’ve always loved Diana Ross and I always will.”

Pepsi Official Will Never Forget Evening With Mike, 1986

Michael asked if we would like a tour of the house. Bubbles went back in his cage while the rest of us began the tour with the room next to Michael’s bedroom – the Diana Ross shrine.

With a convex ceiling and white brick walls, the room looked like a wine cellar. Every square inch was covered with photos of Diana Ross from her earliest years with the Supremes. On shelves, tables and the floor were hundred of candles that Michael kept burning 24/7 to “honor his friend.” We were speechless.

Sam Bono, Bad background actor, 1987

Bono said that he and Michael talked about girls and family.

Sam got a surprise reaction to the the Mary Wilson book. He recalls, “Being that we were on the train for five hours, and we spent a lot of time waiting. I pulled a book out of my bag. It was the new Mary Wilson book, Dreamgirl. I asked Michael if he would write something in the book for me. When I handed the book to him he looked almost shocked. Michael said, “Are you reading this book?” He said, “I won’t read this book. Mary is so jealous of Diana. You should have seen her at the Motown 25th special…” “He just went on and on recounting, as if I were there.” Sam recalls, “So I jokingly said to him that I knew just what he was talking about, I spoke to Diana last night. She said to tell you Hi… and we both laughed about that.”

Sep 6, 1987, Toronto Star
Diana Ross, who had become a second mother to Jackson, reportedly asked him to make an appearance on her TV show. He declined and the frost set in.  He did not even attend her wedding to a Norwegian shipping magnate.

Moonwalk, autobiography 1988

You’ll hit the charts just as Diana Ross and the Supremes did.” This was almost unheard of in those days, but he was right; we turned around and did just that. Three in a row.

So Diana didn’t find us first, but I don’t think we’ll ever be able to repay Diana properly for all she did for us in those days. When we finally moved to Southern California, we actually lived with Diana and stayed with her for more than a year on a part-time basis. Some of us lived with Berry Gordy and some of us with Diana, and then we would switch. She was so wonderful, mothering us and making us feel right at home. She really helped take care of us for at least a year and a half while my parents closed up the Gary house and looked for a house we could all live in here in California. It was great for us because Berry and Diana lived on the same street in Beverly Hills. We could walk up to Berry’s house and then go back to Diana’s. Most of the time I’d spend the day at Diana’s and the night at Berry’s.

This was an important period in my life because Diana loved art and encouraged me to appreciate it too. She took the time to educate me about it. We’d go out almost every day, just the two of us, and buy pencils and paint. When we weren’t drawing or painting, we’d go to museums. She introduced me to the works of the great artists like Michelangelo and Degas and that was the start of my lifelong interest in art. She really taught me a great deal. It was so new to me and exciting. It was really different from what I was used to doing, which was living and breathing music, rehearsing day in and day out. You wouldn’t think a big star like Diana would take the time to teach a kid to paint, to give him an education in art, but she did and I loved her for it. I still do. I’m crazy about her. She was my mother, my lover, and my sister all combined in one amazing person.


Once “I Want You Back” came out, everyone at Motown prepared us for success. Diana loved it and presented us at a big-name Hollywood discotheque, where she had us playing in a comfortable party atmosphere like at Berry’s. Following directly on the heels of Diana’s event came an invitation to play at the “Miss Black America” telecast. Being on the show would enable us to give people a preview of our record and our show. After we got the invitation, my brothers and I remembered our disappointment at not getting to go to New York to do our first TV show because Motown had called. Now we were going to do our first TV show and we were with Motown. Life was very good. Diana, of course, put the cherry on top. She was going to host “The Hollywood Palace,” and big Saturday night show; it would be her last appearance with the Supremes and the first major exposure for us. This meant a lot to Motown, because by then they had decided that our new album would be called “Diana Ross Presents the Jackson 5.” Never before had a superstar like Diana passed the torch to a bunch of kids. Motown, Diana, and five kids from Gary, Indiana, were all pretty excited. By then “I Want You Back” had come out, and Berry was proven right again; all the stations that played Sly and the Beatles were playing us, too.


I was already a devoted fan of film and animation by the time “The Jackson Five” Saturday morning cartoon show started appearing over network television in 1971. Diana Ross had enhanced my appreciation of animation when she taught me to draw, but being a cartoon character pushed me over the brink into a full-time love of the movies and the kind of animated motion pictures pioneered by Walt Disney. I have such admiration for Mr. Disney and what he accomplished with the help of so many talented artists. When I think about the joy he and his company have brought to millions of children – and adults – the world over, I am in awe.


Motown bought The Wiz for one reason, and as far as I was concerned, it was the best reason possible: Diana Ross.

Diana was close to Berry Gordy and had her loyalties to him and to Motown, but she did not forget us just because our records now had a different label on them. We had been in touch throughout the changes, and she had even met up with us in Las Vegas, where she gave us tips during our run there. Diana was going to play Dorothy, and since it was the only part that was definitely cast, she encouraged me to audition. She also assured me that Motown would not keep me from getting a part just to spite me or my family. She would make sure of that if she had to, but she didn’t think she’d have to.

She didn’t. It was Berry Gordy who said he hoped I’d audition for The Wiz .


When we were doing The Wiz , I was being instructed in the choreography along with my characters – the Tin Man, the Lion, and Diana Ross – and they were getting mad at me. I couldn’t figure out what was wrong until Diana took me aside and told me that I was embarrassing her. I just stared at her. Embarrassing Diana Ross? Me? She said she knew I wasn’t aware of it, but I was learning the dances much too quickly. It was embarrassing for her and the others, who just couldn’t learn steps as soon as they saw the choreographer do them. She said he’d show us something and I’d just go out there and do it. When he asked the others to do it, it took them longer to learn. We laughed about it, but I tried to make the ease with which I learned my steps less obvious.


The problems on the set were really few and far between and it was great working with Diana so closely. She’s such a beautiful, talented woman. Doing this movie together was very special for me. I love her very much. I have always loved her very much.


I still enjoy seeing The Wiz and reliving the experience. I am especially fond of the scene where Diana asks, “What am I afraid of? Don’t know what I’m made of . . .” because I’ve felt that way many times, even during the good moments of my life. She sings about overcoming fear and walking straight and tall. She knows and the audience knows that no threat of danger can hold her back.


Diana’s singing and dancing and acting have stayed with me ever since. She was a perfect Dorothy. After the evil witch had been defeated, the sheer joy of our dancing took over. To dance with Diana in that movie was like an abridged version of my own story – my knock-kneed walk and “bigfoot” spin were me in my early days; our tabletop dance in the sweatshop scene was where we were right then.


[Tatum and I] developed into a real close relationship. I fell in love with her (and she with me) and we were very close for a long time. Eventually the relationship transcended into a good friendship. We still talk now and then, and I guess you’d have to sayshe was my first love – after Diana. When I heard Diana Ross was getting married, I was happy for her because I knew it would make her very joyous. Still, it was hard for me, because I had to walk around pretending to be overwhelmed that Diana was getting married to this man I’d never met. I wanted her to be happy, but I have to admit that I was a bit hurt and a little jealous because I’ve always loved Diana and always will.

Michael, Interview about Bad, 1988

Interviewer: [Diana] Ross discovered the Jacksons when you were only 10. Are you still close?

Michael: Yes, very close. When we don’t see each other, we talk on the phone. She’s in Connecticut with her Norweigen husband, Arne Naess and their baby son a lot of the time.

Interviewer: There’s an expectation that the two of you will record together again.

Michael: I’ve written songs for Diana, but we haven’t been able to sing together for some time. We sing in spirit; we’re always together.

Interviewer: Another Disneyland is due to be built near Paris, where your friend Diana Ross has bought a home. There have been rumours you’ve considered doing the same.

Michael: Both good reasons to live there but i have no plans to move to France.

Jackson the solo years, 1989


Releases Leave Me Alone, February 13th, 1989

Includes the lyric, “Ain’t No Mountain I Can’t Climb, Baby”… One of Diana Ross’ biggest hits was the song, “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough.”

LaToya’s Autobiography, 1990

Chico apparently developed a crush on me, leading Diana to speculate about us becoming a couple. I really liked him but thought of him more as a brother. Michael would tease, ”Guess what Diana said today:’Latoya is so right for Chico. I wish those two would get together, because he’s a little wild, He needs somebody like her.”’ Michael, a brillant mimic, imitated Diana’s voice and manner, which was always hilarious to watch.

April 15th, 1991, People Magazine re: Oscars

But all turned out fine. Michael, tit-for-tat, dandled Diana Ross on his lap before Madonna returned and joined him for a grand exit.

The Rock Hill Herald – 23 Jun 1991

“Stevie has never shut me out,” she says. But Michael (Jackson)-when he wants to see me, he sees me; when he doesn’t he kind of close the door. There’s no reaching him, there’s no finding him, there’s no anything. He’s just this illusive love out there. Somebody you care about, want to protect in a strange kind of way, feeling motherly toward him, but at the same time you can’t reach him and don’t know where he is. But Stevie’s always been there for me and really special.”

Diana Ross, 1991 interview on Larry King

KING: You had such a long relationship with Michael Jackson back when he was a young recording star. There are rumors that he changed his looks to look like you. How do you describe Michael Jackson – Diana Ross? What is that?

DIANA ROSS, SINGER: You see, we actually love each other. And he is like one of my children. When he started his career, I introduced him on their very first television show, which was the “Ed Sullivan Show.”

And then I had my own television special at that time. And I introduced them, the Jackson Five, on the television special.

And I took a special interest in him. And we were very close.

When the boys came from Indiana, they stayed with me in my house in California, and I was their house mother. And I took care of them until their parents came. So we just built a relationship in the early days.

And then he went on to have his own career, which he’s very, very talented. And he became so very, very successful. Just like skyrocketed, the whole family, actually.

KING: Are you as close now?

ROSS: Not as close now. I don’t get to see him very much. And that’s because, again, my life has just gone in a different direction. I live in Europe a lot of time with my husband.

And so it’s just that we don’t see each other half as much as I would like to see him. I did see him maybe a couple months ago and introduced him to my sons, my boys. And my little one, Evan, loves music and wants to look like Michael Jackson.

Do you think he wants to look like you? Do you buy that?

No, I don’t buy that at all.

Glenda audio, June 1992

G: Tell me something, you know what? you told me before that you’re the loneliest person

M: I am!

G: Then how can you be that way when theres so many people..

M: ‘Cause I don’t love those people like that! I want to be with someone…I want to know what a relationship is all about before I die, cant you understand that girl?… I never had.. I mean I’ve been with Tate.. I’ve been, well not with.. I been with Tate..I thought I was with Diana.. it was just in my own mind..

G: You were a little boy..

M: I know, I have never had a real relationship, my brothers have been married… My brothers have had girlfriends. I really haven’t had that….

G: How long did it take you to get over Diana?

M: Years…… A hell of a long time..I just .. wanna know what its like girl…. to have a real relationship with someone who doesn’t want me for me…. that I dont, I dont’ have to look over my shoulder all the time…

G: Who doesn’t have an ulterior motive..?

M: Yeah, that doesn’t question me.. I mean..(inaudible) I dont… and, and.. like La Toya said in her book.. she said, either I am going to have to find somebody who doesn’t know who the heck I am.. o rrr..oorr deal with somebody who’s career is equally as important, or equally like mine..

G: Well.. a nix to both of those…….

M: What am I gunna do.. I dont want to die without knowing about ..having a real relationship with a women or being involved


M: Like living with Diane. They tell you what to say, what not to say. The lies I had to tell. Um. Diana. Diana discovered the Jacksons. That wasn’t true. She did not discover us. But it’s publicity. It’s pretend.

S- Who discovered you really?

M- Bobby Taylor and we went to a party and, uh, Gladys Knight. Diana, Diane had nothin’ to do with it.

S- I guess she was just the big name at the time huh?

March 3rd 1992,

Michael dedicates his single, Remember The Time to her.

“Dedicated With Love to Diana Ross”.

July 15th, 1992, Oslo Germany Dangerous World Tour

Michael Jackson’s Bodguard on DWT, Bravo Magazine, (pb 93)

Michael would be nervus only when he knows in the crowd there are some of his friends. Example- in Oslo, I noticed he never grabbed his crotch, he only placed his hand on the thigh. Later, I found out that Diana Ross was with her kids watching.

August 31st, 1992

Name-checked in his video for the song, “Who Is It”

Feb 1993, Oprah Winfrey

Oprah: What kind of woman makes you…in the video we’re going to see later, we premier the world video, there’s a line where you talk about being quenched. So what kind of person does that for you?

Michael: [Sings] Quench my desire … Well Brooke, I’ve always liked herand when I was little I used to stay with Diana Ross, me and my brother stayed with her for years and I never said, but I always had a crush on her.

Oprah: You did?

Michael: Yes.


1993 grammy legend awards

Mid 1993

31st Oct, 1993

Diana Ross’s memoir, Secrets of a sparrow.

I have always known Michael to be a decent, sweet and loving person who wants very much to make a difference in the world by helping others, especially children. He cares about animals and nature, and he believes that with a positve attitude we can have whatever we want. He would like to produce and direct, and I believe that he will have those opprotunities. Whatever he does I hope that he never stops making his beautiful music.

Michael was about eleven when we met. He was artistic, a quality that he and I shared. I remember that we used to go out to buy paints and easles and we did artwork together. He was always wonderful to be around. I am pleased that I touched him in the early days of his life, and I am sad now I dont have time to see him more often and to know him better. Careers have a way of separating people. Whether we are together or apart, my love for him never stops. It makes me happy that at one time we were close and that he cares for me. My love for him remains very dear, and our friendship will always be very important to me.

“When the Jackson 5 first came to California, they all moved in with me. They have always been good to me. Despite the negative things that have been written about them, I knew them to be a unique family. People have picked them apart and gossiped about what they did or didn’t do, but in my eyes Michael’s mother is a very special and loving woman. The strength in those Jackson kids exists because of the strength and character of their father. Parenting is never easy. If you’re too hard, you lose the kids; if you’re too easy, you also lose them. Some fathers just have to be tough. Maybe if he hadn’t been tough, the kids would never have arrived where they are today. Maybe the Jackson children will grow up to be very fine parents as a result of their own tough upbringing. I would like very much to see Michael settle down with a family of his own.”

“It was at this meeting that they told me they were considering Michael Jackson for the role of the Scarecrow, Dorothy’s first friend along the path, who is looking for his brain, or deeper knowledge. I was enthusiastic. I thought it would be wonderful for Michael and me to work together. Michael and I were pretty close during that time. We spoke on the phone every couple of days and usually saw each other about once a week, when our careers permitted. Even though this would be Michael’s very first acting role, I told them that I considered him an ideal choice. His personality suited the role, he was a superb dancer and there was a great deal of dancing designed for this lavish musical production, and we were already very close friends.”

“…but Michael’s makeup was a different story.It was probably the most difficult of anyone’s in the film, and it certainly took the most time to apply. I remember seeing poor little Michael, he was very young and inexperienced then, sitting there every morning for hours and hours, having his makeup painstakingly done and redone. And then there was the added difficulty of removing it every night, a process that must have been quite damaging to his skin, a possible source for the severe skin problems that he is presently experiencing and doesn’t want to speak about.”

Diana on Regis an Kathy Lee, December 1993

Q: One more movie now, The Wiz. The Wiz with the great cast, let’s see, Russel of course, Michael Jackson. Now Michael, you knew him since he was a little little boy.

DR: Yes, yes. Since he was about 8 or 9.

Q: So many people are now claiming that they discovered the Jacksons, what was your relationship with him?

DR: I think Berry Gordy discovered them at a step. I think I gave them an opportunity on my television specials to be introduced to the American audience. And they were really young then.

Q: They came and lived with you for a while too, didn’t they?

DR: I had a place in California, they were moving from their home to California, so they stayed with me for a while. Michael’s very creative. And you know, this is a family in trouble right now.

Q: Does it break your heart to see what’s happening?

DR: Yes, yes. All the support. I saw the family on television the other night and I just sat there and I just felt the pain. And I know they’re trying very hard to pull together. It’s a family in trouble and they need our prayers, for the right thing to happen really.

Q: Have you been in touch with him personally?

DR: Yes, I did. I’ve spoken to them twice.

Q: And he’s getting the help he needs you think?

DR: I hope so. I’m not sure, see, I have been away from Michael’s life for quite some time. So I don’t know all the people that he has surrounding him or what-

Q: That’s a big problem isn’t it…

DR: – Well, I heard his mother say I can sleep better at night. I didn’t understand what she meant then, you know through that interview the other night.

Jan 14, 1994

Ross flatly refused to discuss her friend Michael Jackson and his troubles. But did say:

I’m about as famous as I would like to be. I wouldn’t want to be any more famous. I wouldn’t like to be Madonna, or Michael or Whitney, because I can have a life. I can walk on the streets, I can take my kids to the school, I can drive my cars. I think they have a difficult time having a normal, balanced life.”

Nowhere To Run: Story of Soul Music, (pub.  1st August, 1994),

It’s a strange life. When I leave all of that…”She waves a hand at the racks of stage costumes, the lavish buffet, the flowers, the cases full of makeup. “I mean, when i go home and go to bed–by myself–it’s confusing.”

For some performers, that confusion can pose serious adjustment problems. This worries her about her very dear friend Michael Jackson, who missed out not only on normal teen years but on a childhood as well. He has been the featured player since he was old enough to tie his shoes, never knew the inside of a school bus, and watched cartoon shows from the back seats of limousines. He was only ten when as part of the Jackson Five he came to live in Diana’s Hollywood home once Motown moved west. By the time he was twenty-four he had written for her and produced her single, “Muscles”.

“It was weird, she says, “but I had to force him into being the dominant one when I was singing his song ‘Muscles’. One night in the studio he said, ‘I just can’t. I can’t tell you what to do.’ And I said, ‘You’re the man. You’re the boss on this one.’ I know him so well. But sometimes even I’m stunned at how he can be so shy. He’ll hide, he’ll talk like this”–she lowers her voice to a halting whisper–“then you let him onstage and he turns into this sexy, macho thing. Offstage I try to get him to step out socially, to get a little more out of himself. He spends a lot of time, to much time by himself.”

She asked him to go see Dreamgirls for her and give her a report. She tries to coax him to Connecticut for quite weekends. Once, when she was really concerned, she rented a yacht and took Michael and her daughters sailing in the Caribbean. On the boat he was like one of her children, running across the decks, playing hide-and-seek. Over dinner he was her friend and confidant.

The ATTITUDE MAGAZINE, September 1994


“We don’t get to speak as often as we used to. Careers have a way of separating people. Whether we are together or apart, our friendship will always be very important to me, whatever he chooses to do with his life. I’ve always wanted to see Michael settle down with a family of his own, and now it seems that he has done that.”

Saturday, December 9th 1995

Motown songbird Diana Ross brought her two youngest sons to visit ailing Michael Jackson yesterday, even as bulging plastic bags of Warner Bros. gifts and a huge statue were trundled into the star’s sickroom.

May 8, 1996

Michael makes a break in the Ghost shooting to attend the World Music Awards in. At the end of the ceremony he gets on stage to hug Diana Ross. Diana Ross sits on his lap during her performance of, “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough,” singing the words, “If you need me/call me/no matter where you are/no matter how far,” to him.

After the show a reporter catches up and fires some quick questions at him:

“Michael, you got to see Diana again.”
MJ: (Inaudible?) I love her dearly.”


December 1996

Superstar Diana Ross says she has now lost touch with Michael Jackson – who was once her young soul- mate on the legendary Motown label. Ross, a stunning 52 admits: “I care deeply about Michael as I’ve known him since he was really a child.  But I never see him these days I only read what you read in the papers about him. I guess it’s true that he’s having a baby. I know he loves children.”

May 6, 1997

Diana Ross is one of the people present to induct him into the Rock N Roll Hall Of Fame.

May 1, 1999

Diana Ross and Arne Naess announce their separation.

Diana releases her album “Every Day Is A New Day,” May 4th, 1999

Included in the Japanese release is a song entitled, “Drop The Mask,” which includes the lyrics; “I was there when it all began/ I still remember the boy within the man/ I understand what it means to run and hide/
There’s so much that we’re holding onto deep down inside.”

May 17, 1999,

Recently Ross received a phone call from a friend–Michael Jackson–who was also working on a new album. “Late, late at night I get a call: ‘Hello, Diana?’ I said, ‘Michael, is that you?’ He said he was working on an album, and the album would be out sometime in the year 2000.”

Diana Live on MSN, June 5, 2000 (live interview)

“Dish Diva” : From judydee2 at dianarossandthesupre My friend Joe is Diana’s greatest fan! We are travelling all the way from London to Las Vegas just to see your show on 5th August. This question is for all of you What is the furthest you would travel to see your favourite star and who would that be?

DianaAndSupremes : Diana: I don’t know how far I would travel to see a performer but I just traveled to London to see a special award for being courageous. So I think I would travel for something like that, saving someone, and other good causes. I was under a lot of pressure that day and I remember that they were giving this honor to people who have done something courageous and we make our parents, policemen that save people’s lives, teachers, as our role model. I know that my teacher, parents, sister have been my heros. I think I would travel miles to do the things that Princess Di did. Go to hospitals to give small children stuffed animals that don’t have anything. For me, I love performers, but where I’m at in my life, I want to be the voice of those people who can’t speak for themselves. I’d love to see Michael Jackson perform, but I’d rather be with a girl in a wheel chair collecting money to save other people’s life.

Michael visiting record shop, Sometime after 2000,

At one point when we had taken him down to the basement to look through all of the junk, he turned and asked me, “Do you like Diana Ross and the Supremes’ music?” I said that I did and I asked him what his favorite song was by them. He said “Stop In the Name of Love”, I think. I told him that mine was “I Hear A Symphony”, and he said that he loved that one, too. He said he thought it was a shame that their reunion tour that was supposed to happen didn’t because they couldn’t get along.

jackson the solo years, MGM 30th Year Anniversary, September  2001

Debbie Rowe Custody Hearing, October 17th 2001

Q. Have you ever considered the possibility if Michael should die, what would happen to the children?
A. I’m sure he’s – he has a wonderful person in mind to take care of them.

(On March 22nd 2002 he drafted a will leaving his children to Diana Ross should anything happen to his mother)

Diana, 22 January 2002

Diana Ross credits herself for kick-starting Michael Jackson’s love of art – because he became her constant companion on trips to New York art galleries when he was just a boy.

Jackson and his brothers lived with Ross while she was trying to break them on TV shows and in the studio.

She says, “I got him interested in artists like Degas and Michelangelo and I bought him paints. I used to get him to draw all over my walls. He’s a great artist.”

And that wasn’t the only thing Jacko was good at: “I taught the Jackson brothers how to take care of themselves and made sure each of them had a chore to do. Michael would do the dishes.”

April 24, 2002

Is joined on stage by Diana Ross during a performance of Heal The World, during a Democratic National Committee’s Every Vote Counts Campaign Party.

Out, June, 2002, Interview With Harvey Fierstein.

Q:You played Diana Ross’s agent in Double Platinum.

A: The things she told me about Michael Jackson, I will take to my grave. It wasn’t terrible things – just a few things I didn’t know.

Special Thanks on Michael’s Number Ones, 2004

“Diana Ross, I loved you during the early years and I love you even more today. I love you.”

BBC News, 10 Feb, 2004

The 1970s also saw her duetting with Marvin Gaye on an album, starring in more films such as Mahogany and the musical The Wiz, also starring a young Michael Jackson – who she was rumoured to have had an affair with.

Diana Ross, November 8, 2004

She voices her support for the embattled singer, now awaiting trial on seven felony counts of child molestation:

“I know what’s going on in the media, and until they prove he’s done something wrong, I just like the fact that other performers and most artists are still supporting him and what he’s done in the music industry, because he’s done so much.

“I heard Usher on an awards show; he really gave credit to Michael, and I appreciate it so much. Michael’s music was authentic, sincere and very important.”

Diana Ross, interviewed by Alicia Keys, Feb 2005

AK: The one thing I have found as a performer traveling around so much is that there will be times when I’m talking on the phone, talking to my friends, talking some business, and talking, and talking, and talking, then when it’s time to go onstage, my voice is tired.

DR: That’s why I write notes to people sometimes, when I just need to be quiet. There’s something you just said that made me think of Michael Jackson. I used to talk to Michael on the phone all the time. I haven’t talked to him for years now, but he always used to ask me questions about how to make this whole show-business thing work.

Nov 9, 2005

When asked if she was still in contact with Michael Jackson following his acquittal in his child abuse trial, Ross replied: “I am sure Michael is in a quiet place, recording music … but, no, I have not been in contact with him for some time now.”

Diana releases the album, “Blue,” June 20, 2006

The album cover looks like an homage to Michael’s “Invincible” cover. It also includes a cover of one of Michael’s favourite songs, “Smile.”

December 7 2007

Where in the world was Michael Jackson?

One would think the King of Pop would have jumped at the chance to pay
tribute to Diana Ross at Sunday’s Kennedy Center Honors.

But no, Ross’ onetime best buddy and costar in the movie musical The Wiz
decided not to take part, according to an insider.

While I had heard rumblings that producers ditched plans for Jackson to
appear because accommodating him would have been a logistical nightmare,
I’m told they were willing to make it work.

Now, I’m told Jackson declined the offer to attend.

Still, Ross probably wasn’t too worried about it. Ciara, Jordin Sparks,
Lyle Lovett—not to mention Ross’ five children, including Girlfriends star
Tracee Ellis Ross—were all in attendance to celebrate the event.

Evan Ross said he was working on music with Michael, June 26th 2009

MICHAEL JACKSON ended his life mentoring the son of the soul icon who mentored him – he was working on EVAN ROSS’ breakthrough album.

Just two hours before Jackson’s death on Thursday (25Jun09), Diana Ross’ son sat down with WENN to discuss his upcoming movie

Life Is Hot In Cracktown – but talk quickly turned to his music career.
The 20 year old admitted he was keen to complete upcoming movie projects so he could finish an album he was working on – and revealed he was working with the pop superstar and his mum.

He says, “I’m more focused on acting right now. The music will come. I just don’t want to push it. I’m writing with a lot of different people like Michael (Jackson) on this. It’s R&B mixed with a Prince urban vibe.

28th June, 2009

Distraught Motown queen Diana Ross yesterday paid tribute to Michael, sobbing: “I am unable to imagine this.”

The 65-year-old diva – a mentor when he was a child star and one of his closest friends – said: “I can’t stop crying. This is all too sudden and shocking.”

The exSupremes singer starred with teen-agMichael in a 1977 Wizard of Oz remake called The Wiz. She played Dorothy alongside his Scarecrow and it was Michael’s first collaboration with hit producer Quincy Jones. Diana added: “I am in prayer for his kids and the family.”

Jermaine Jackson on Larry King, July6th, 2009

“I think it’s very interesting. There’s been a long, close relationship with Michael and Diana for many, many years. And I think it’s great.”

Emil Wilbekin, CNN, July, 2009

“You see skits from variety shows where they are doing Frank Sinatra songs and Casablanca,” Emil Wilbekin, managing editor of and a founding member of Vibe magazine under Quincy Jones told CNN.

“Although she was older than Michael, they had a real connection and that connection, I think, and that friendship really moved throughout his career.”

That friendship was something of a motherly love on Ross’ part and an idolization from Jackson, according to Wilbekin. And the bond they formed could explain why Jackson chose her to care for his kids, if his mother could not, Wilbekin said.

Ross raised five children of her own who grew up to become extremely “normal and successful children of a superstar,” Wilbekin said.

“The other thing interesting about Diana and Michael’s relationship: They both were a part of groups, they both ended up eclipsing their groups, so they had a shared experience that nobody else could really realize,” he said. “I think in that they had a very special bond.”

“The point that nobody has brought up — Diana Ross happens to be a phenomenal mother. [Her kids are] kind of balanced, normal celebrity kids. And I think that’s the part people aren’t really looking at,” Wilbekin said.

While some people may have been surprised another Jackson family member didn’t follow Katherine Jackson in the will, Wilbekin said he believes that by picking Diana Ross, “he named someone who was super-responsible.”

And because Jackson’s children, have been growing up in the limelight because of their father, he may have wanted someone familiar with that, Wilbekin said.

“That just shows Michael’s foresight, his emotional wisdom and his ultimate love for his family and protecting them,” he said. “These are not normal kids, they did not live a normal life, and she totally completely understands that.”

Diana’s statement at the Memorial, July 7th 2009

“I am trying to find closure, I want you to know that even though I am not there at the Staples Center. I am there in my heart. I have decided to pause and be silent. This feels right for me. Michael was a personal love of mine, a treasured part of my world, part of the fabric of my life in a way that I can’t seem to find words to express.

“Michael wanted me to be there for his children, and I will be there if they ever they need me. I hope, today brings closure for all those who loved him. Thank you Katherine and Joe for sharing your son with the world and with me. I send my love and condolences to the Jackson family.”

Don Cornelius – Michael Jackson 1958 – 2009 – TIME

He had a star quality, even as an 8-year-old. He was such a lovable individual. If you were backstage, you saw the women who happened to be on the same show, and they just kind of adopted Michael. They were always hugging and kissing and rubbing him — it went on and on, more than almost any other kid could possibly bear. I’m sure Michael got tired of it, but he never complained. They were all over him. As time went on, he sort of fell in love with Diana Ross —her music and her singing — and I think it was mutual. She fell in love with him also. He was still only 9 or 10.


Singing legend Diana Ross is slamming the rumors that she is in a feud with the Jackson family mother Katherine, and is calling the gossip that the two are at odds over custody over Michael Jackson’s children “ridiculous.” Diana was named in Jackson’s will as an alternative guardian for the children if his mother Katherine was unable to care for them. The decision was unpopular among Jackson family members who have challenged the will, which was drawn up in 2002. Jackson’s sister LaToya told reporters, “We believe there is another will which will emerge. He updated his will almost every five years, so we expect one to come from 2007. Michael always told us that he wanted his eldest sister, Rebbie Jackson, to look after the children. Rebbie had a nice family, which Michael loved. He told many family members that she was his choice.” Despite the media reports, Ross is still insisting that there is no bitterness between her and the Jackson family. A spokesperson for the star says, “Ms. Ross has deep love for the Jackson family.”

Diana Ross & Tracee Ellis Join Evan For MJ Themed Birthday Celebration In L.A. August 31, 2009

Evan Ross celebrated his 21st birthday at Guys and Dolls in Los Angeles, CA on Friday (August 28) with a Michael Jackson themed party. Evan was joined by mom and longtime friend of MJ, The Magnificent Diana Ross, and sisters Tracee Ellis Ross and Chudney. In honor of MJ, the crowd sang Happy Birthday to Michael first beforesinging the celebratory song to baby MJ Evan. Sources report, Ms. Ross then sang her son’s favorite MJ song to him from Jackson’s, Off The Wall album

Diana Ross tours, May-June 2010

Inside the front cover of her tour book:My tour is dedicated to the memory of Michael Jackson. I love you Michael.”

First show:

“I’m dedicating my tour this year to my dear friend Michael Jackson,I loved him dearly. Every single word of this song is true.” She went on to perform a medley of Jackson’s hits, including the track You Are Not Alone.

When the picture of them together with his arms around her waist came up, she turned around and walked up the stairs to the top and stood in front and sang two lines from the song, “I Love You” – “I love you/And that’s all that really matters/Yes, that’s all that really matters.” Then the stage went dark.

Michael’s children in her audience, 10th June 2010

Almost a year after Michael Jackson‘s tragic death, his three children stepped out on Wednesday night to attend Diana Ross‘ concert in Los Angeles during which the singer paid tribute to Jackson, has learned.

“The reason I did this concert for one night is to pay tribute to my friend Michael Jackson,” Diana said at the end of her performance at the Nokia theater. “His children are in the audience,” Ross said and the crowd thundered with applause for the three children. Prince, 13, Paris, 12, and Blanket, 8, were seated next to Barry Gordy, the legendary founder of Motown records.

Q&A with Douglas Kirkland photographer for Life magazine

Q.One of Michael’s strongest influences was Diana Ross, who befriended him when The Jackson 5 first joined Motown. He adored her. You worked for many years with Diana-did she ever talk about Michael?

A.I did most of Diana’s photography for about a ten-year period, before the Thriller video was made. She would periodically speak of Michael in a very warm way. She had real admiration and affection for him -her eyes would light up every time that she spoke of him.


The Lady In My Life

November 30, 2009


Michael Jackson and his Blackness

November 29, 2009

“I know my race, I just look in the mirror..I know I’m black!”
— Michael 2002, Artists Against Racism

Once you’re past the skin colour change, something which was beyond his control and his nosejob, did Michael Jackson really want to be white? Was he really unhappy as a black man?

In a word… no.

The most success he achieved in his life was during Thriller, before his skin colour had begun to change. Why would he feel it necessary to then become white? Contrary to what the media may want you to believe Michael has never distanced himself from being a black man or the black community.

Michael was proud of his race and heritage and supported black and ethnic people an incredible amount in his lifetime.

  • All the women in his music videos have been ethnic — Ola Ray, Tatiana Thumbtzen, Naomi Campbell, Iman, Janet Jackson, Latoya Jackson, the girls in Come Together, Blood on The Dancefloor and You Rock My World.
  • Even went so far as to portray the King and Queen of Egypt as being black.
  • Heck, even most of the men in his videos have been black — Michael Jordan, Eddie Murphy, Chris Tucker, Wesley Snipes, his back-up dancers.
  • Featured an African chant at the end of “Wanna Be Startin’ Somethin”
  • Morphed into a black panther at the end of Black or White (I mean, seriously, seriously).

  • Wrote a song called “They Don’t Care About Us,” which Spike Lee-directed, featuring prisoners raising the Black power fist
  • USA For Africa? We Are The World? Lionel Richie? Hello?
  • “Liberian Girl, you came and you changed my world.”
  • “White man gotta make a change/I ain’t scared of no sheets/black man, blackmail, throw your brother in jail”
  • Spoke about how he believes dance and rhythm is something intrinsic in African culture and life in his autobiography.
  • Reffered to himself as a black man on secret phone conversations during 1991/2 when he was already depigmented. Said the women in Germany liked black men (meaning himself), reffered to “other black music groups,” and “nappy hair” and says things are a “black thing” and even calls himself a “ni*ger” at one point.
  • The love of his life was Diana Ross, a black woman. He even wants his kids to be raised by her should anything happen to his own mother.
  • The only magazines he ever consistently gave interviews to was Jet/Ebony.
  • Gave a speech talking about how he knows he’s black in 2002, how he believes he was targeted by the media because he is a black man and spoke of how Elvis got as far as he did because of black people.
  • The only blonde love interests in his life were Debbie Rowe and Madonna (there goes that myth)
  • Rumoured love interests and women he reportedly said were hot — Shana Magatal, Jody Watley, Janelle Commissiong, Tatiana Thumbtzen, Stephanie Mills, Siedah Garret, Beyonce, Sade, Kelly Rowland, Marva King all ethnic.
  • Lisa Marie Presley, Brooke Shields, Tatum O Neal, brunettes.
  • 521 Visions of Fantasy Magazine, Sam Jose’s Black Starlett (In Notebook), SBSO
  • Grace, his children’s nanny is black.
  • I’d like someone to convince me that Blanket is white.
  • He accused Tommy Motola of racism and said that he wasn’t treating his black artists fairly.
  • Was a huge huge fan of James Brown and always insisted how much he was inspired by him as a musician and performer.
  • His collaborations included work with Diana Ross, Stevie Wonder, Biggie, Michael Jordan, Eddie Murphy, Boys II Men, R Kelly, Akon, Siedah Garrett, Heavy D, Slash, Kanye West, Rockwell, Lionel Richie, 3T, Lenny Kravitz, Jay Z, Will.I.Am, NeYo, Donna Summer, Brothers Johnson, Randy Crawford, Johnny Mathis, Greg Phillinganes, Jennifer Holliday, Deniece Williams, Ralph Tresvant, Safire, Bryan Loren, BLACKstreet, Brandy, Monica, Corey.
  • In a court deposition in 1996 he says he wants to set things straight and said he was proud that he was black and he doesn’t bleach his skin.
  • Cried when finding out Obama had been elected.

Some of the charities Michael contributed to:

  • Minority Aids Project
  • Motown Museum
  • Transafrica
  • United Negro College Fund (UNCF)
  • United Negro College Fund Ladder’s of Hope
  • YMCA – 28th Street/Crenshaw
  • Congressional Black Caucus (CBC)
  • Big Brothers of Greater Los Angeles
  • Brotherhood Crusade
  • AIDS Project L.A
  • Dakar Foundation
  • National Rainbow Coalition
  • National Solidarity Fund
  • The Sickle Cell Research Foundation
  • The Carter Center’s Atlanta Project
  • Million Man March

Specific examples:

  • On 6th February 1984, after winning an unprecedented number of AMA awards Michael spoke to JET magazine about people in his life he was thankful for; Stevie Wonder, who expresses pride of race in his music. “That’s why I love Stevie Wonder’s album called Songs in The Key of Life… He had a song called Black Man and I just jumped up screaming when I heard that record because he’s showing the world what the Black man has done and what other races have done… He named it Black Man and all these people who have got the album sing it. And that’s the best way to bring about the truth.”
  • At the February Grammys in 1984 Michael dedicated his Album of the Year Grammy for Thriller to Jackie Wilson (who had died the previous few weeks), saying, “In the entertainment business, there are leaders and there are followers. And I just want to say that I think Jackie Wilson was a wonderful entertainer…I love you and thank you so much.” He is reported to have helped pay for funeral costs alongside Eddie Murphy.
  • On September 13 87, he displays his support towards a campaign against racism, as well as towards “NAACP”s mission to help arrest prejudiced conduct against black artists.
  • In November 1987 he organized a private visit to Murawina Redfern Preschool, a school catered to Aboriginal children and Michael was especially interested in Black deaths in custody, spending 2 hours talking with all the teachers there. He provided the school with 100 free tickets after learning the students couldn’t afford his shows.
  • March 3, 4, 5 1988 gigs at Madison Square Gardens in aid of United Negro College Fund
  • On March 1, 1988, at a press conference organized by his sponsor, Pepsi, he offers UNCF’s President Christopher Edley a check for 600,000 dollars, making him one of “UNCF”s most significant donators.
  • On March 10, 1988, he issues the following message regarding the “United Negro College Fund” he would support: “I would like to say this about the United Negro College Fund. An education opens a person’s mind to the entire world, and there is nothing more important than to make sure everyone has the opportunity for an education. To want to learn, to have the capacity to learn and not to be able to is a tragedy. I am honored to be associated with an evening that says this will never happen.”
  • On October 23, 1988, he announces a substantial donation for the Motown Museum in Detroit, Michigan: “It’s great to be here. I’m happy and proud to give back to the soil from which I came. Berry Gordy made it all possible for me, and I want to say I love you, Berry, and thank you.”
  • On November 13, 1989, Jackson performs song “You Were There” (that he wrote for singer Sammy Davis Jr.) for the first and only time, at a musical gala honouring Davis Jr., the event’s funds advantaging the “United Negro College Fund”
  • Between February 11 and February 18, 1992 – and on occasion of Black History Month – the artist tours 30,000 miles of the African continent in 11 days (covering 6 countries), where he visits medical centers, schools, churches, children’s housings and educational NGO’s for disabled children.
  • On December 26, 1992, the singer acknowledges the merits of the “United Negro College Fund”, by virtue of which the “Michael Jackson Scholarship Program” had enabled over 200 young men and women to receive qualified education up until that time.
  • June 1993, Michael announced a donation of $1.25 million for children suffering as a result of the riots in Los Angeles
  • On January 7, 1994, the pop star organizes, on occasion of Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday, a gala for 100 needy children at his Neverland residence.
  • During “UNCF”/Parade Of Stars, a broadcast request for donations to the “United Negro College Fund”, aired December 26, 1992, Michael Jackson speaks on the importance of equal rights to education and on the “Michael Jackson Scholarship Program” benefits: “Black Colleges and Universities produce some of the leading personalities of our time. They are leaders in business and law, science and technology, politics and religion. I’m proud to have helped over 200 young men and women receive a quality education that has placed them closer to their dreams through the Michael Jackson scholars program. Tonight, I encourage you to pitch in for higher education. Please support the “United Negro College Fund”.” The four year college and university/scholarship for deserving students at a UNCF member college or university, focuses on Communications, Performing Arts, Literature/English/Writing and is a distinction available to African-Americans.
  • On accepting Entertainer Of The Year award at the 25th “National Association for the Advancement of Colored People” event (NAACP Image Awards) in Pasadena, California on January 16, 1993, he delivers the following speech: “There are two things which the NAACP stands for which are the most important things in my life: freedom and equality. In every person, there is a secret song in their heart. It says: ‘I am free!’, it sings: ‘I am One!’. This is the natural feeling of every child. To be free as the wind, to be one with every other child. All the troubles in the world are caused by forgetting this feeling. Thank you for having the faith to see that I share your work — for I deeply feel I do. I accept this award on behalf of the world’s healing. When all our brothers and sisters will be as free and equal as we are today.
  • In 1994, at the 26th NAACP Image Awards, prior to presenting dancer/choreographer Debbie Allen with an award, he delivers a speech underlining the meaning behind the „NAACP” organization supporting equality of treatment for all races and human dignity, and exhibiting his sympathy to the “NAACP” members: “For decades, the NAACP has stood at the forefront of the struggle for equal justice under the law for all people in our land. They have fought in the lunch rooms of the South, in the hallowed halls of the Supreme Court and the board rooms of America, for justice, equality and the very dignity of all mankind. Members of the NAACP have been jailed and even killed in noble pursuit of those ideals, upon which our country was founded”
  • In an interview with children in 1996 he again states he believes that the Garden of Eden was in Africa.
  • On March 23, 1999, Michael Jackson meets Nelson Mandela at the President’s residence, Genadendal, in Cape Town, South Africa, The singer names Mr. Mandela “my inspiration to want to do something before the end of the century, to undertake what I call “An adventure of humanity”, before the birth of the millenium. I love this man very much and I love Africa.” He adds: “It is right to announce this project here in the very cradle of mankind: the birthplace of us all.” (more from the speech here)
  • In his conversations with Rabbi Shmuley in 2000/1 he discusses the “black rhythm” and Elvis; SB: Do you see white people having that rhythm?
    MJ: It’s not the same and I’m not saying it out of being…
    SB: But the sense of timing….
    MJ: Stan would always tell me, and he would go to all the black clubs… he would sit in the Apollo Theatre, he called it Cut-time rhythm. He said he had to have the black rhythm so he hung out with the blacks to get that cut-time rhythm. That’s what it’s all about, it’s that natural rhythm thing.
    SB: That reflects their inner rhythm?
    MJ: Yea, yea. But you take a little black child and they got the rhythm of a grown up, like a real dancer. And it’s just a natural ability, you know?

    SB: Well, that’s the whole question about Elvis, right?
    MJ: Elvis always hung out around blacks.
    SB: And he acquired that rhythm, right?
    MJ: Yea, he acquired that rhythm, he wanted to do the steps, and he talked black and acted black. We knew Elvis very well and Lisa Marie and myself always talked about how…
    SB: Had he not been a white man, you don’t think he would’ve been as successful, right?
    MJ: Not nearly. Not nearly because it would’ve been expected of him. Remember the slogan that Philips, who owned Sun Records, he said, “If I could only find a white man with a black man’s sound, I could make a million dollars,” and in comes Elvis Presley.
  • On July 9, 2002, on occasion of an event titled “Equality For Blacks In Music World”, Michael Jackson, alongside a host of musicians, producers and music executives, addresses issues pertaining the rights of artists, the corruption and conspiracy in the record industry system, particularly demanding better treatment for blacks from the major record companies. He concludes towards the audience: “It’s time for a change. And let’s not leave this building and forget what has been said. Put it into your heart, put it into your conscious mind, and let’s do something about it. We have to! It’s been a long, long timecoming and a change has got to come. So let’s hold our torches high and get the respect that we deserve. I love you. I love you. Please don’t put this in your heart today and forget it tomorrow. We will have not accomplished our purpose if that happens. This has got to stop! It’s got to stop, that’s why I’m here with the best to make sure that it stops. I love you, folks. And remember: we’re all brothers and sisters, no matter what color we are.”
  • Nn 2004, The African Ambassadors’ Spouses Association, honored Michael Jackson for his worldwide humanitarian efforts, due to his fiscal contribution of more than $50 million to various charities, including many organizations that feed the hungry in Africa
  • On November 8, 2007, the pop star participates at Reverend Jesse Jackson’s birthday celebration, the event also being a fundraiser.