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Elton John Says Michael Jackson Was A ‘Disturbing Person To Be Around’

Elton John and Michael Jackson.
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Elton John has said Michael Jackson was a ‘disturbing person to be around’. 

The ‘I’m Still Standing’ singer made the claim about the King of Pop, who died in 2009 aged 50, in his 2019 memoir ‘Me’.

John alleged that when Jackson was younger, he was a very different person.

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The 75-year-old explained: “I’d known Michael since he was 13 or 14.

“Elizabeth Taylor had turned up on the Starship with him in tow. He was just the most adorable kid you could imagine.

“But at some point in the intervening years, he started sequestering himself away from the world, and away from reality the way Elvis Presley did.”

John went on to speculate that Jackson changed due to his use of prescription drugs.

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The ‘Hold Me Closer’ singer continued: “God knows what was going on in his head, and God knows what prescription drugs he was being pumped full of, but every time I saw him in his later years I came away thinking that the poor guy had totally lost his marbles.

“I don’t mean that in a lighthearted way. He was genuinely mentally ill, a disturbing person to be around.”

In the year John’s memoir was published, the release of the high-profile documentary Leaving Netherland was released. It explored the s** abuse allegations made against the ‘Billie Jean’ singer.

Although John didn’t refer to these allegations specifically, he did claim that Jackson appeared to prefer the company of children to adults.

Michael Jackson and Elton John.
Elton John has said Michael Jackson was a ‘disturbing person to be around’. Credit: Alamy

He penned: “For whatever reason, he couldn’t seem to cope with adult company at all.”

Elsewhere in the memoir, John recalled a lunch he had with the musician back in the 90s.

As reported by NME, he alleged that Jackson’s makeup looked like it had been applied by a ‘maniac’ and his nose was ‘covered with a sticking plaster’.

He added: “The poor guy looked awful, really frail and ill.”

John also claimed that Jackson left the table ‘without a word’ and was then found in the cottage of his housekeeper with her 11-year-old son, where they were ‘quietly playing games’.

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Michael Jackson wasn’t the only celebrity that John discussed in his memoir, as he also discussed the recently deceased Queen Elizabeth II.

Discussing her sense of humour, John wrote: “I know the Queen’s public image isn’t exactly one of wild frivolity, but… in private she could be hilarious.”

He went on to say that he considered Princess Diana to be the People’s Princess.

John commented that she had been ‘blessed with an incredible social ease’ and ‘an ability to make people feel totally comfortable in her company’.

The ‘Rocket Man’ singer met Princess Diana back in 1981 and they quickly became close friends. Reportedly, they bonded over their fondness for the Charleston dance style.

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