Michael Jackson, who lived from August 29, 1958 to June 25, 2009, was a successful American singer. He wrote many popular songs during his lifetime, including “Beat It” and “Billie Jean.”
Here are 10 interesting facts about the late singer:
10 Interesting Facts About Michael Jackson #1:
Actor Macaulay Culkin is the godfather to three of his children.
10 Interesting Facts About Michael Jackson #2:
He had a skin disease. The name of the skin disease is vitiligo.
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He once reflected on his relationship with his father. In his words, “There is a lot of sadness in my past life. My father beat me. It was difficult to take being beaten and then going on stage. He was strict; very hard and stern.”
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One interesting fact about the former singer that I did not know before researching information about him is that he was the godfather of Michael Gibb, who is the son of The Bee Gees front man Barry Gibb. On a side note, Jackson was in attendance at the funeral service of his Barry’s brother, Maurice Gibb.
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Michael Jackson was found not guilty on June 13, 2005 on 10 counts of child molestation. The reason that he was found not guilty is that there was a lack of evidence against him.
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Michael Jackson also commented on how people thought he was dangling a baby off a balcony. In his words, “I love my children. I was holding my son tight. Why would I throw a baby off the balcony? That’s the dumbest, stupidest story I ever heard.”
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He was one of the two best men at the wedding of Liza Minnelli and David Gest. The other best man was singer Tito Jackson.
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Another interesting fact is that he claimed that Tatum O’Neal was his first girlfriend. It is important to note, however, that she has denied this claim. In fact, O’Neal has claimed that they only kissed.
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Jackson received a Presidential Humanitarian Award from President Ronald Reagan in May of 1984. He received the award because he helped the government’s campaign against drunk driving. More specifically, he allowed the government to use his song “Beat It” in television advertisements.
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The late singer once reflected on how his success made him feel. He stated, “Success definitely brings on loneliness. People think you’re lucky, that you have everything. They think you can go anywhere and do anything, but that’s not the point. One hungers for the basic stuff.”
Brooks Barnes, “A Star Idolized and Haunted, Michael Jackson Dies at 50,” The New York Times.
“Michael Jackson,” Yahoo! Music.
“Michael Jackson Biography,” Biography.com.