Elton John Says Michael Jackson Was A ‘Disturbing Person To Be Around’


In his 2019 autobiography, “Me,” the “I’m Still Standing” singer claimed the King of Pop, who passed away in 2009 at the age of 50.

Jackson allegedly had a drastically different personality as a child, according to John.

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The 75-year-old explained: “I’d known Michael since he was 13 or 14.

“Elizabeth Taylor had turned up on the Starship with him in tow. He was just the most adorable kid you could imagine.

“But at some point in the intervening years, he started sequestering himself away from the world, and away from reality the way Elvis Presley did.”

John continued by speculating that Jackson’s usage of prescription medicines was what caused him to transform and said: “God knows what was going on in his head, and God knows what prescription drugs he was being pumped full of, but every time I saw him in his later years I came away thinking that the poor guy had totally lost his marbles.”

“I don’t mean that in a lighthearted way. He was genuinely mentally ill, a disturbing person to be around.”

The high-profile documentary Leaving Netherland was released the same year John’s autobiography was released. It looked into the singer of “Billie Jean’s” alleged s** abuse.

Although John didn’t particularly mention these accusations, he did state that Jackson seemed to enjoy the company of kids more than that of adults.

He added: “For whatever reason, he couldn’t seem to cope with adult company at all.”

John mentioned a lunch he had with the musician in the 1990s elsewhere in the narrative.

According to NME, he claimed that Jackson’s nose was “wrapped with a sticking plaster,” and that his makeup appeared to have been performed by a “maniac.”

“The poor guy looked awful, really frail and ill,” he continued.

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Jackson allegedly departed the table “without a word” and was later discovered in his housekeeper’s cottage with her 11-year-old son, where they were “quietly playing games,” according to John.

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John also talked about the recently departed Queen Elizabeth II in his memoir, so Michael Jackson wasn’t the only famous person he mentioned.

John wrote about her sense of humour:  “I know the Queen’s public image isn’t exactly one of wild frivolity, but… in private she could be hilarious.”