Michael Jackson has been a target of the rumor mill long before he passed. Now, more than ever, everyone is talking about his eccentric life and mysterious death. ESSENCE.com separates fact from fiction.
Tabloid: MJ bleached his skin because he wanted to be White.
Truth: The King of Pop told Oprah Winfrey in a 1993 interview: “As far as I know there is no such thing as skin bleaching. I don’t know what it is…I have a skin disorder that destroys pigmentation of my skin.” And more recently an ABC News special showed photos of MJ’s legs, confirming that he had vitiligo, a skin disorder manifested by smooth white spots on various parts of the body.
Tabloid: Jackson’s family did nothing to help with his alleged drug addiction.
Truth: Tito Jackson revealed to Britian’s Daily Mirror that he “never saw Michael on drugs,” and that he and his siblings barged in on the singer to talk to him, but his baby brother denied that he had any addiction.
Tabloid: Jackson’s nurse, Cherilyn Lee, reported that the singer was in a great amount of pain prior to his untimely death.
Truth: Dr. Arnold Klein, Jackson’s dermatologist, contradicts Lee’s statement by saying he was in good health when he visited the office three days before he died and seemed to be in good spirits, dancing for him and his patients.