On Febuarary 10th Feburary 1993 Oprah Winfrey was allowed access into the world of Michael Jackson in his home at the Neverland Ranch. It was Michael's first interview in 14 years.
As support he had the company of his very good friend and Hollywood film star, Elizabeth Taylor. Although early in the interview Michael stated he wasn't nervours and that "I never get nervous".
At the start of the interview Oprah stated that Michael had agreed to be questioned on any aspect of his life. Oprah questioned Michael on many apsects of his life. About his childhood and the abuse he suffered from his father as well as working and missing out in his childhood years. Michael stated how he often felt very lonely as a childhood star.
"I would do my schooling which was three hours with a tutor and right after that I would go to the recording studio and record, and I'd record for hours and hours until it's time to go to sleep. And I remember going to the record studio and there was a park across the street and I'd see all the children playing and I would cry because it would make me sad that I would have to work instead."
Oprah asked Michael about his sister LaToya and a book of hers, however Michael had not read the book and just said "I just know that I love my sister dearly, "
They covered what it was like for a child star to grow up in the limelight. Michael said that his father had teased him about pimples and called him ugly. When asked about his relationship with his father Michael said "I love my father but I don't know him". Of his mother he stated "My mother's wonderful. To me she's perfection." He also confirmed that he was beatne by his father.
Many tabloid rumours were covered and Michael dismissed buying the Elephant Mans bones and sleeping in an oxygen tank.
He also stated for the first time that the reason his skin colour had changed from black to white was because of a skin condition known as vitiligo.
Michael performed an short acapella "Who Is It". His latest music video of the time "Give In To Me" was also shown and went on to be one of the highest charting singles from the album..
Its reported the TV show was watched by over 90 million viewers in the U.S, one of the most watched TV programmes ever. After its airing sales of the Dangerous album soared.
A full transcript of the interview can be found in Chapter 14 of the book "Michael Jackson, the king of pop By Jel D. Lewis Jones".
It also includes many other interviews as well as lots of other information and some photos. A good alround positive book.
See a preview in Google Books "Michael Jackson, the king of pop By Jel D. Lewis Jones"
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