Where to begin? With the image of the world’s most famous pop star dangling a baby over a balcony? Or being pushed though an airport in a wheelchair, his face half-hidden behind a white smog mask? Or, maybe that shot of him sleeping in his oxygen tent? Maybe we could start with the straightened hair and chemically bleached skin. Or, indeed, the ever-collapsing nose that, for a while, so entranced the tabloids? Then there’s the pills, of course, the painkillers and antidepressants and God knows what else, and, lest we forget, the pets – Bubbles the chimp, Muscles the boa constrictor, Louie the llama and not forgetting Mr Tibbs the fawn. Or we could start by recalling the strange non-marriages, the odd friendships – Liz Taylor and Uri Geller – or the childhood abuse and the siblings whose neuroses sometimes threatened to match his own. Or maybe the mystery of the missing millions, the auctioning-off of Neverland’s baroque and blindingly vulgar fixtures and fittings, the creepy sleepovers and the ensuing court cases … Or, perhaps, just for a brief, respectful moment, we could set aside the “madness” of Michael Jackson, and remember the music he made, the songs that soundtracked… Read full this story
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