I DON’T think I’ll ever cease to be amazed by the dramatic twists that Michael Jackson’s life takes.
I reflected on this as I watched The Truth About Michael Jackson on Channel 4. Despite the fact that he was found not guilty of all his trial charges, public opinion is such that he probably wouldn’t be any less popular if he had been convicted.
It seems the whole process and surrounding events have wiped that showbiz gloss and glitter away for good and I feel sorry for him – I can’t see how he’ll ever reclaim his crown as king of pop.
In the documentary, I was particularly interested to hear his former manager, who claimed stories like the famous one about Jacko sleeping in an oxygen tank and another about him sharing his home with Bubbles the chimp, were just fabrications made up and released to the Press by the singer himself – just for fun and because controlling the media made him feel powerful.
Now the big speculation is that he’s going to be a mentor on X-Factor – that would be brilliant. He says he wants to rebuild his singing career but times have changed so much, the music industry is totally different than it was when MJ was a superstar.
X Factor is my favourite programme so I’d be delighted to see Michael make a guest appearance – or perhaps it’s one of his red herring stories?