Michael Jackson The Flirt
Back then, Michael was extremely outgoing, and a flirt too, probably from always being around older musicians. We’d pass a pretty girl, and my brother would remark, “Boy, did you see the pair of cakes on her!” Or he’d steal peeks under dresses, then ask me with a giggle, “Guess what color panties she has on?”
“Michael!” I was hardly shocked, we’d come to expect that kind of thing from him.
His approach to recording the backing vocals, for which he used only Michael, Jermaine and Jackie, was quite different. “I was wondering how I was gonna get these little boys to do exactly what I needed ‘em to do,” Taylor chuckles, “and then it hit me: Cutie-pie girls! So I used to hire girls to come into the studio and hang out, just sit around and watch. I know how guys are, and they’ll always give you their best if there’s a pretty girl they want to impress.”
“You Are Not Alone” by Jermaine Jackson
There were so many girls coming at me back then and my teenage self found the attention impossible to resist, but sneaking a girl by Bill Bray’s door, and knowing when Joseph was not around, was a skill in itself. Because it was also ‘forbidden’ it felt like a home run every time I managed to get a girl beyond checkpoints and beyond the threshold of the bedroom door. I had never been so grateful for exterior fire exits and back stairways. The awkward problem, of course, was sharing a room with Michael. What made this worse was that if he knew I was pursuing a certain girl, he’d deliberately attach himself to my hip. But once – one golden once – Michael was nowhere to be seen and I managed to sneak away from some hotel gathering to hook up with the prettiest of girls.
Back home, I had been seeing a lot of Hazel Gordy, but while we liked each other – and send endless love letters – puppy love had not advanced into anything serious, leaving me free to build my experience on the road. We older bothers had a way of describing how far we got with a girl: from ‘first base’ (the kiss) to ‘second base’ (touching/clothes off) to third base (the sex) and, in my hotel room, I was an LA Dodger running wild, eyes closed, on top of this girl, kissing and touching with a freedom I didn’t think possible. “That feels really good…” she said. I was getting serious, she was groaning. Third base was in sight. I had one hand stroking her face, and the other on the mattress beside her head.
“I love how you stroke my thighs,” she continued, “… you’re real gentle…” I’m not stroking your thighs, I thought. “It feels good,” she whispered. I peeked open my eyes and maneuvered my head to take a sly look down the bed, and that’s when I saw it – Michael’s arm, reaching up and over from underneath the bed, his hand circling her thigh.
“MICHAEL!” I jumped up, the poor girl was mortified and Michael, chuckling, was already scrambling for the door. I could have killed him, not only because he was hiding there the whole time, but because he heard me whispering all these sensual, sweet nothings that he would tease me with for weeks after. I refused to speak to him that night. When we turned out the lights and he wished me goodnight, I said nothing. He waited a few minutes in the dark and then brokered the peace. “She got some real creamy thighs!” he said. And we both burst out laughing.
There were several times on the tour when Jermaine and Michael, in particular, would team up to do some very funny things so that I would have something to write about.
There was one meal that I was eating, and Michael came up behind me very quietly and just said, “How come whenever I see you, you always have something in your mouth?
I turned very red till I realised he was just pulling my leg.
A sound check can be a fan’s delight, for it offers sights usually reserved for insiders, like a young Michael adjusting his microphone stand and cordially flirting with two of my blushing female classmates, who obviously found their way into this joint a lot easier than Minnie and I .
Backstage whilst New York City was doing its thing, I had a chance to meet the Jackson 5. All five young men… ranging from 11 to 21 were as good looking as their press photos.
Michael and Randy, the youngest, were little charmers who look you in the eye smilingly to say you were their prettiest MC.
Geri: It was cool because when I was there we went across the street to the Sahara and that’s where Michael Jackson – the Jackson Five – were performing so I met Michael Jackson. And well, just during rehearsal, he asked me up on stage and he said, “Hey Geri” and I said, “Yeah…” and he said, “Let’s dance!” So I was dancing with Michael Jackson.
Sam: You danced with Michael Jackson! Wow!
Geri: I couldn’t believe I got to do that! It was amazing!
Susan Blond on Tatum O’Neal and Michael, March 1977
At the Rox her father Ryan flirted with me a little, so Tatum sat on Michael’s lap.
“I traveled down on a plane with a beautiful woman I later learned was Miss Trinidad & Tobago and the Miss Universe winner,” Manning added. It was Janelle Penny Commissiong, the 1977 winner who won international acclaim for being the first Black to claim the title.
“Michael kissed her on the cheek, singing his newest song Got to Find Me A Girl.”
“I met Michael Jackson at the Sheffield Fiesta – it was The Jackson Five – the place was packed. They were absolutely brilliant. They’d just performed Destiny. He was the most amazing dancer – he had this presence about him. He was 17 or 18 – my age. He smiled at me, I was on the front row and he came and sat with me. He kissed me and held my hand, he was just a really, really nice guy. He gave me a flower. I was just mute! The paparazzi hounded him completely. I think he was always trying to get approval from people – his fans did it for him when maybe his parents didn’t.”
One time I took pictures of him while he was in bed because he was late for a meeting I’d set up and wouldn’t get up. He was like, “Todd, I’m gonna get you for that!” And he did. I’d forgotten all about what happened while he was performing one night and he’d told me to stand in a specific spot to take photos of him when he began singing that song. I did as I was instructed. So right before I go to take my position, Michael drops to his back and starts saying, “Help me, help me! I need some woman to touch me!” and every woman in that place collapsed on me. I was between them and Michael and I couldn’t even get one shot in and he gave me this look like, I got you. Afterwards, I said you think you’re so cute, and he says, “What do you mean, Todd?” I’m like, Mike that hurt; those people were crushing me and all he said: “Todd, the spirit just takes me sometimes and the spirit just took me.” That’s when I knew that was payback and that was the last time I stepped out of line with him (Laughs.)
Diana: I knew you were going to be a giant star, I really did. But what I didn’t know, but what I didn’t know is that you’d get so sexy.
MJ: You’re embarrassing me. But I always knew you would.
MJ: Be sexy. Do you guys think she’s sexy?
But all turned out fine. Michael, tit-for-tat, dandled Diana Ross on his lap before Madonna returned and joined him for a grand exit.
How Michael Jackson, sexy lead singer of the Jacksons, surprised a female fan who broke through a line of security guards at the Forum in LA to give him a gift while he was on stage singing a love song. Although Michael apparently wondered how she had managed to outmaneuver the security muscle men, he accepted the gift then pulled her into his arms and kissed her tenderly.
Faye said she was not at all intimidated by his fame. For example, when she saw that Jackson had with him a baby tiger, she flashed her tiger-print underwear.
“He went ‘Ah!’” Faye said while demonstrating how he covered his face. “He was just so embarrassed by that. But I think that’s why he called me back the next job. He liked people who have a sense of humor.”
Frank Cascio’s book on Michael and Karen:
“I called her by the nickname Michael had given her – Turkle. Michael loved Turkle and messed with her all the time. If she was wearing a zippered jacket, he’d try to unzip it. If she was wearing a skirt, he’d lift it up.”
ABC: Was Michael Jackson gay?
Karen Faye: Absolutely not.
ABC: I mean, you say that with conviction
KF: He would always, like, wherever we were, he would always kind of (mimicking him, slyly eyes around herself) – he called it fishing. He looked around for all the hot girls. And he’d – “Turkle, Turkle, that ones really hot. Ooh, look how -ugh- look how her hair just swirls!”
ABC: So you don’t think that was an act?
Bush: (shaking head) No.
KF: What? That he was doing it for me?
KF: No (shaking head) no, absolutely not.
ABC: Did he ever comment on young men?
KF and Bush: No, no.
ABC: So you don’t think he was just in hiding by his sexuality?
KF: No (all shake heads)
ABC: Is it possible that he was asexual, not so interested in sex?
KF: Well, um, I think he had fears about intimacy, from his childhood. I don’t think he really had great examples of how a relationship works.
Bush: With Michael, I think sex didn’t rule his life, it wasn’t his goal in life.
Bearden: I think he was married to his vocation.
ABC: Do you?
Bush: Yeah, I think that came first.
Bearden: He was in love with his music
ABC: He certainly played around with gender roles, tried to bend them.
KF: He didn’t see the barriers, as far as art goes. He didn’t see – why do women do this, why can men only do that? – but he was not gay. He just liked what was beautiful and perfect.
“I met Jane Fonda at the studio while getting my makeup done and she asked me to take [Michael] a note and give him a kiss and a hug. When I told Michael about the kiss he said, ‘Well…!?’”
During the interval Michael is taken to the hospitality room backstage where he is served soft drinks by a barmaid.
“He asked me what her name was,” says Nick, “and when she said ‘Caroline’ he sang ‘Sweet Caroline’ to her! I don’t think she’ll forget that in a hurry.”
Jermaine Jackson, “You Are Not Alone”
We rode together as brothers en route to stadiums, but didn’t always share the same vehicle at others times because the Jehovah Witness elders took up two seats alongside Michael. Often, there was also Frank Dileo and photographer Harrison Funk. Growing entourages meant that it wasn’t always possible to travel together. But the following story was a funny memory of Michael’s that Harrison – whose friendship and less was trusted to roam freely with him for many years – has assisted with.
Their van had stopped at a set of traffic lights in Kansas City when Michael spotted three hookers on the street corner, with one wearing sequined hot pants. Michael’s eye couldn’t help but wander. “Oh my goodness, hurt me!” he said playfully – Jackson speak for, “Oh wow, she’s looking hot.” Then, just as the lights were about to change, he stuck his gloved hand out of the window and waved.
Three hookers did a double take, wondering if that was just… maybe… it can’t be… Michael Jackson? Just to make sure that they were certain, Michael opened the van door a little and, looking back as the van began to move away, he showed his face, chuckled and then slammed the door tight. He twisted around in his seat to watch three hookers jumping up and down in excitement. I don’t know what the two Jehovah Witnesses made of this interaction but it made Michael’s day and made one thing clear: he wasn’t always going to be squeaky clean.
While working at the Samuel Goldwyn Soundstage, Prince received a visit from Michael Jackson, whom he promptly challenged to a game of table tennis, using a table that had been set up in the middle of the sound stage room. “Michael said, ‘I don’t know how to play ping-pong!’” Rogers remembers. “But Prince took one pad and gave Michael the other, and they started very politely volleying the ball back and forth. Suddenly, Prince said, ‘C’mon, Michael, get into it,’ and he slammed the ball into Michael’s crotch. I was rolling my eyes!’ ‘Oh God, he’s embarressing himself.’ But Michael knows how to handle himself and he didn’t seem to care. Then Michael started flirting with Sherilyn Fenn who was visiting Prince in the studio. Prince was pacing, but he wasn’t going to get into the game of flirting back. They said their hasty goodbyes.’”
“I didn’t see anything freaky,” says Helene Philips, assistant choreographer on Captain EO. “No big ego. He was friendly and had a good time. I’d sit on his lap to discuss shots.”
Then, I met Michael. One day I was invited to the studio and I met Michael. I was like, “Oh my God! I’m here with Michael Jackson!” and then my childhood thoughts and dreams just went through my head and Michael was admiring this beautiful waist top that I had. It had so many different panels of lace and he said, “It’s so beautiful!”
He kept walking around me, and I froze! I couldn’t even talk. I think I’m star struck! I did pretty good until I got to him, because I had a crush on him as a kid. Oh my goodness, I’m like, “Michael Jackson is admiring me!”
It’s so funny. We ended up getting to know each other. It took a while, because he had a lot of security and stuff, like, “What does she want?” and “Why is she really around?” You know, they watched me for a while. They studied me religiously, but then they learned, “Okay, she’s not so crazy and she doesn’t have any other motive, except she wants to work and she’s friends with Michael.”
Michael ended up taking to me, so I ended up becoming one of his playmates. We had too much fun! We were two young adults that were real childish, but we had so much fun! I would travel with him sometimes, and we would torture the press, we would hide and do things (laughs) and just have a lot of fun.
That first morning, at that time mostly what the 2 did (she and MJ) would gaze at each other back and forth and just smiled & wave at each other the whole time. As she puts it, they just kept on repeating this silent, unscripted and unrehearsed scene over and over again. But it was Michael, who broke the ice and took it to another level.
TY: Though he did regularly gaze at me, I was in awe when I caught him looking at my butt. He just approached me and up close boldly studied my butt. Then he took a moment to look away for a second after he did that and it was as if he was thinking or as if he was somewhere else. Then after he took this little pause he just bluntly asked, ‘Were you a ballerina?’
MJ:’You wore pointy shoes and danced on your toes?’
TY: ‘Yes, I did.’
Michael began asking me questions about my life. A few times he was a little flirtatious, like when he told me I had an incredible walk. I said, “Well, it’s just a walk.” He looked at me and smiled. “No, you have a very sexy walk.”
By our fourth take, the heel of my boot was caught in the cars upholstery and Michael put his hand on my leg to help pull it out. It blew my mind that he had actually touched my leg, which I pulled away and began to tumble out of the car falling on my butt and hard too! Michael started laughing hysterically as Joe Pytka yelled, “Get up, keep it going, keep it going, and don’t stop.” As I did, Michael got out of the car and started wiping my butt off.
The fall caused a run in my stockings and the stylist wanted me to change. I started walking off the set and Michael asked, ”Where are you going?” I explained that she wanted me to change my stockings. He disapproved by saying. “No, I like it. I think the run is neat. It’s sexy.”
During a quick break from the scene, Michael pointed out two birds high above us perched on a ledge — they were making love. He said, “Look,” while pointing up. I became embarrassed and shy and I looked away blushing. Michael stood gazing at me with this sweet smirk on his face that was somehow naughty.
Vanessa said that Michael had approached her at a party and flirted with her and asked her for her number. She had to tell him that she was married.
On July 8th, Motown threw a big party for Diana Ross in California to welcome her tour there which opened on July 4th. Though the party was for Diana, Michael Jackson ended up being the talk of the night when he turned up with his date for the evening, supermodel Beverly Johnson (who appears in Jackson’s Liberian Girl video). The LA Times reviewed the party – one quote said: “Michael never let Beverly’s hand go all-night. Could this be true love?”
Did you know? Michael owns a private bachelor pad in LA which he uses exclusively to entertain female friends
“If Michael were married, the gay rumor would stop immediately. But the press doesn’t see him with many women, not taking into account the fact that he’s a workaholic. Also, with his eyes and his complexion and the fact that he wears make-up before the camera and onstage, he comes off to the press as looking sort of feminine.
But just being around him and hearing the little things that he says about women tell me he’s definitely not homosexual.”
Jodi Gomes: Leave him alone! MJ NOT gay. A private gentlemen! flirtatious too. I met him on set Black/White. so gracious, he let me hug him for an eternity, while whispering naughty silly things in my ear! Watch MJ’s words “I’m not gay”
He infact was quite flirtatious & could catch u off guard with humor. about 9 hours ago via TweetDeck
Jodi Gomes on facebook, about meeting MJ during Dangerous recording sessions 1990-1991
I was a young TV producer recording/mixing Voice-over for an animated Nickelodeon series in the early 90’s. We booked a room weeks in advance, but the day of our session were told a client rented the entire facility. Of course, lil miss ambitious, I was beside myself. I pleaded with the management to let us use one room for just an hour, because it was a nightmare rescheduling the child actors. He reluctantly asked the client – and to my surprise the client obliged with two caveats: (1) I had to describe the characters that the kids were voicing – and – I happily did (inaccurately of course because I thought a competitor was in the other room stealing my idea! After all, this is Hollywood!); and (2) we would have to record in the smallest room, of which, the client had equipment and items stored, which we could not touch.
At the end of my rope, I agreed, and got to work. BUT… the room had a smell that we’ll just say, “had the funk of 40,000 years”. There were damp, sweaty, musty, funky, moldy T-shirts & clothes hidden behind a couch in the room. Piled high. Well – this was just too much! I carried on like a fool with the manager, who snickered with laughter. I went on & on about hygiene, “we’re a paying customer too” type stuff – and “you have the nerve to have a large client’s equipment stored in here with this nasty sh*t”.
GOD’S INTERVENTION: Bruce Swedien walks by. Then Michael Jackson walks by during my rant – of course I shut the heck up and showed respect because I was clearly enamored. We’d met previously and he recognized my face, gave me a huge flirtatious hug and mischievous smile. We exchanged a “where do I know you from” story and had a big laugh about something I can barely remember now.
SIDE NOTE: MJ had a way of making you feel like you knew him for 100 years, and eased your nerves about how HUGE he was.
He said, “so you’re the one recording the animation project?” I said yes and exchanged, “so you’re the big client keeping me out of this joint”. Again, we laughed. He was soooo curious about the animation project and voice over. With the ice broken, I called myself giving the King of Pop a heads up. I informed him that there were DISGUSTING, STANKY clothes in the room where he was storing equipment. He was shocked. He was embarrassed. He wanted to see it.
Again, the management smiled a funny smirk and led us to the room. I was being over dramatic covering my nose, preparing for the stench, and of course still carrying on. MJ kept teasing me & laughing, “oh girl stop, it’s can’t be that bad”… and before I could show him where the clothes were hidden, he went right over to the pile!!! He pulled them out and instructed manager to take HIS clothes away! Apparently, Michael liked to dance his little skinny butt off in between recording, and be drenched with sweat. He’d change clothes, and go back to recording…this went on for days! There was no equipment stored in the room – just his clothing. After complete embarrassment and a million apologies from me, he burst out with this huge laugh and said, “my brothers and I used to say, if it don’t stink – it aint funky”. He gave me a big hug and whispered to me, just don’t tell my Mother. I think that album went on to be “Dangerous” – and it definitely was funky!
Kathy Griffin during one of her comedy shows,
“First of all, you should know that I met him once.
Did you know that I was an extra in the famous Pepsi commercial where his hair caught on fire? It was 1984, I got $40, I was a paid extra, that was my job.
So, then years later I got to meet him very briefly. I met him in a room, I met him with a girl named Smith, this girl who’s a dancer and she had danced with him in the “Smooth Criminal” video, so he knew her very well.
So we were in a room, and he came in, he was taller than you would think, I didn’t think he was that tall, and I will say though that when I looked at him just a couple of feet away, like, I remember telling myself over and over, don’t stare at his face…
So anyway, alright here’s my Michael Jackson story. It’s not like comedy but I can only tell you that I only said “Hi” to him, I didn’t get to talk to him, but I got to watch him talk to this girl he knew really well.
And you want to know something weird, when he was talking to her, it was a small room, only five people, no cameras or nothing, he didn’t have that voice at all. Like he wasn’t like (*makes high pitched noises*).
I couldn’t believe it! Like, here’s Michael Jackson, looking the way you expect him to look, talking to this girl, he’s like “Hey what’s going on? You look good.” I couldn’t fucking believe it. I was like ‘what the?’ ‘who?’ ‘where’s the weird guy?’ So, like weird body, normal voice.”
Cece talked about the time that Michael had sent her flowers and a note saying that he liked her song at that time and that he thought that she was pretty.
“We had to act out the kissing scene on Remember The Time three times and if Michael had anything to do with it, we would still be filming it,” she said, shrieking with laughter.
“He really got into it. I told him: ‘You know you’re paying me to do this! You know I’m an engaged woman!’ He thought that was very funny.”
“He’s a shy man but he has a great sense of humour. He mingled with everyone on the shoot and I was amazed how easy he was to be with.”
Joe Mantegna who worked on a commercial with Madonna in 1992 remembers that Michael was also working on a commercial in a studio nearby. He said that Madonna walked in and Michael was telling him something like, “You know Madonna can be naughty, a bad girl. Sometimes she needs to be spanked.” He hadn’t realized Madonna was standing right behind him.
“Director Joe Pytka tells US she [Madonna] visited him [Michael Jackson] on the set of an ad once: “They hung out for a while. It was a big surprise!”
According to Brett Livingstone, when Michael was about to leave, he offered Lisa a penetrating look and in a conspiratorial voice said, “You and me, we could get into a lot of trouble. Think about that, girl.”
Barksdale recalled a concert, in a town she can’t remember, where she got an unexpected surprise from the Man in the Mirror.
It was during Jackson’s mega-hit Beat It, as she ripped through the Eddie Van Halen riffs made famous on MTV. Concentrating on the song, Barksdale was paying attention to little else.
“I came out front with him and we were dancing around and playing guitar, and he was right next to me,” she said, encouraging fans to visit her website to look for photos of the two together. “We never really had any contact with each other. We’re doing the show, night after night after night. One night, I think we were in Buenes Aires, or Chile, I can’t remember which … I had my eyes shut and I’m playing guitar, doing a guitar solo. All of a sudden I feel something on my butt.
I was like, ‘Oh my God, some crazed fan had somehow gotten past security and was on stage. But he was just having fun with me. I turned around and I saw that it was him, and my jaw dropped. And the drummer, I think he skipped a beat because he was laughing so hard,” said Barksdale, who beat out hundreds of other guitarists in a closed audition to win the right to stand on stage with Jackson during the tour.
Jane: The truth is actually he’s very different from any perception that I’ve had of him before. He’s incredible. I mean, I defend him to anybody because he’s wonderful. He’s sweet, he’s nice, he’s also incredibly macho. Now I know that’s not really a thing you think of but he is. (audience laughs, Conan gives the audience a look) I had the biggest crush on him.
Conan: I didn’t say anything. I just looked at my sympathy camera. Like seriously, he’s really macho? Moving a refrigerator a lot when he was there? Let me move that thing.
Jane: Okay, he’s a flirt for one thing. Is Lisa Marie going to come and like deck me?
Jane: He’s a flirt and he’s the kind of person who notices if your drink needs refilling or if you’re cold he’ll come and bring you a jacket…
Conan: Did you get the jacket afterwards?
Conan: He’s wealthy, he should let you keep the jacket.
Jane: I know, but he gave me some tee shirts. He did give me some tee shirts. Cookies with Neverland Ranch on them.
Conan: Great a cookie and a tee shirt. Well, alright he’s very macho, this is all very different.
Jane: Yeah, he’s very very different than anything I’ve ever heard around before and much more normal than anything that’s ever been portrayed.
I was so blessed to have the opportunity to meet the KING himself. I will never forget that moment for the rest of my life. I was chosen to attend The Fifth Element premier at the Cannes Film Festival as Jean Paul Gautiers’ date, the next day Mr. Gautier informed me that we were invited to attend the premier for Michaels video “Ghosts”. I brought my disposable camera (yes people DISPOSABLE) and took my seat in the 2nd row centre. Soon there was a lot of mayhem, people jumped out of their seats running to get a picture with Michael who was being swarmed by mad security. The security escorted Mr. Jackson to his seat and I almost had a heart attack, it was right in the front row centre behind me!
Once he settled in and the lights went dim, I began to tap him on his shoulder, he would turn around and smile, then speaking in his low boy like voice he said to me,”Hi pretty, are you having a good time?” I couldn’t speak but I was snapping away with my disposable camera. Through out the night, I tapped him quite a few more times and took quite a few more pictures, each and every time he would laugh asking if “I was enjoying myself.” After the premiere, he was willing to take a picture with me, while about to do so a crowd of people rushed him and he had to leave immediately due to security reasons. The last time I saw Mr. Jackson was while he was being taken away from beside me, the last thing he said to me was,”I’m sorry pretty girl, I hope you still had fun”. That was the day I met the KING and I continue to cherish it to this very sad day.
Chilli continues to look for love on her reality show “What Chili Wants”, the singer/songwriter might have found it already had it not been for the untimely death of Michael Jackson.
The Atlanta songstress hosted an exclusive pajama party this week at Darp Studios where guests viewed her TV show and listened to details of her private life.
Included in the convo was talk about Michael Jackson who according to Chili was her “husband.”
She tells the ladies, “Don’t nobody talk about Mike…that is my husband. We kissed twice on the lips, thank you…The first time I met Michael Jackson we hugged. He was not going for the lips at first…he went here and I went like that, I got half the lips…The last time I was around him he grabbed my face and said, “I know that face!”…He grabbed me and kissed me right on the lips.”
She also adds that while she’s not “easy”, she would have been a “sure thing” for the King of Pop.
“Y’all know I don’t be kissing people like that but I woulda tongued him down…and I’m not easy girl but I woulda been a sure thing.”
Michael called her up out of the blue and kept telling her she was beautiful, and kept calling her Foxy. She said she didn’t feel pretty until he said that.
“My Friend Michael” by Frank Cascio
After the concert, I was standing backstage with Michael when Mariah Carey, who had just performed, appeared with her boyfriend at the time – the Mexican singer Luis Miguel. Luis and I chatted about soccer – he initially thought I was from Spain because at the time my orange hair matched their team colors (I can’t explain the hair. I have no idea what I was thinking) – while Michael and Mariah talked. They were debating who sang it better: the song was I’ll Be There and both the 1970 Jackson 5 version and the version Mariah did twenty two years later with Trey Lorenz had been No 1 hit singles.
“Michael,” insisted Mariah, smiling from ear to ear, “No one could ever sing that song better than you.” A blush swept over Michael’s cheeks.
“No, no,” he blurted out. “Really, you did a better job.”
Mariah seemed honored to be in Michael’s presence – she was acting like a dazzled fan – and as the two stars chatted, I noticed the smile leave Luis Miguel’s face, and I got the impression that he was slightly annoyed at the attention Mariah was giving Michael. I myself was a little surprised to see Mariah, who was such a successful singer in her own right, appear so awed by Michael, but in the years to come I would see many stars behave that way in his presence.
Turning toward me, Mariah asked Michael, “Who’s your friend? He’s so cute.” She started rubbing my (inexplicably) orange hair.
“Please don’t stop,” I said, leaning into hair like a puppy.
“Frank, stop,” interrupted Michael. “Mariah doesn’t want to rub your head. God knows what you’ve got in there.”
Luis Miguel looked a little awkward and perplexed, standing there waiting in his skintight suit. I couldn’t help it. I pulled out my favorite routine [of giving people flattering comments about things he didn't really like]. “I love your suit,” I told him.
Michael mumbled, “Stop,” but I was under the sway of an irresistible impulse.
“What brand is it?” I asked. Out of the corner of my eye, I saw that Michael was trying not to laugh.
Luis Miguel mumbled a designer brand, but he wasn’t smiling. He definitely didn’t like the heading rubbing or the friendly flirting between Mariah and Michael.
As they said goodbye, Michael seized the moment to exact a bit of revenge. He said to Mariah, “Frank’s a big fan of yours and has a massive crush on you.” I turned red. Did I have a crush on her? I ask myself now. I really don’ know, but I do recall thinking she was sexy.
After Mariah and Luis left, Michael and I teased each other about Mariah. Michael told me I wouldn’t know what to do with her if she were in my bed, and I retorted that if he was given a chance with her, he’d probably ask her to play video games or watch cartoons. He said, “Shut up, Frank,” in a funny way, and we both started laughing.
“When we met at Uri Geller’s wedding that was the first time Michael began to tease me about looking like Diana Ross. He’d turn around and look at me in that naughty way and go, (singing) “Ain’t no mountain high enough.” And I’d go, “Michael!” He’d just laugh and giggle and go, “Patti, you look just like Diana – there must be a throwback! She must come from your family.” I said “I don’t think so! I don’t think so at all. (laughing)”
There was this kind of energy and it was Michael’s energy. Nobody else – the only person I’ve come across with that kind of effect was the Pope, really.”
By this time I was about 20 and we had much more to talk about. I’ll never forget the first thing he asked me was about my aunt. He had a thing for my Aunt J in the 80′s. She was ten years older than him and about 100 pounds heavier than him. She had always been pretty big and curvacious, most of her weight settling towards her lower body. It cracked me up that after all that time he was still checking for her. My mother had always told me that she thought Michael was some kind of undercover freak. He tried to be a shy boy in his younger days but he often got caught stealing some peeks. As she says, she thinks Michael was an “ass man.”
We caught up over the phone. He never failed to remind me of what a “pretty woman” I had grown up to be. He also never hesitated to bring up my childhood (and adulthood lol) crushes on Jermaine and Jackie. The Michael I was talking to was no “freak” and he surely wasnt weird. In fact he was way more normal than me. We called each other for the next few years and chatted about this and that. He was the same ol Michael to me. I started to think about making him pay my phone bill because he liked to talk…A LOT.
The Michael that people read about and see on TV was not the real Michael. They portray him to be some weird, quiet, asexual, virgin hermit that he’s not. Michael Joseph Jackson was one of the most flirtatious men I’ve ever encountered. It always throws me that people think he’s asexual or even gay. Michael loves women. Period. Black women, big women, little women, white women, tall women, short women…all women. No woman could be safe around the King of Pop. As shy as he was, he never hesitated to place his hands on my hips or stare at different women. He would be embarrassed to be caught taken a peak at cleavage or a booty. It was always a good laugh catching Mike glancing at someone’s assets. I saw him with different women over the years and I can be a witness to him being very much hetero.
We would get together and drink a little. We chatted about everything under the sun and laughed about everything. No one can make me laugh the way Michael did. He liked to joke about his bad luck with women. Some of the best laughter I’ve ever had was hearing him drop an f-bomb every now and then or his face when I made him dance with me to In The Closet. There was never a quiet dull moment around him. He allowed me to steal kisses from him and playfully tug at his clothes. I’d let him sneak a kiss in and I wouldnt bust him out for feeling up my thigh. I would never pass up the chances I got to get the famous MJ hugs. He has the best hugs in the world. But our relationship was never anything but platonic with a bit of the good ol Jackson flirtation.
An older woman approaches the table to have her CD signed and MJ says “hi” to her than as she leaves he says, “elderly fish.”
(girl wearing a crop top and wearing a navel ring approaches Michael, Michael gestures and asks to bring her closer, he studies her belly button)
MJ: How does that work? Does it hurt?
After Michael gives the girl a hug, the man wearing grey next to Michael says: Do I see something sticking out?
MJ: You naaasty!
The girl the BG were talking about in the tight white top approaches the table to have her CD signed and the security guard grins at MJ, raises his eyebrows at him and says “I’ll say no more.”
The girl says “Hi” then after she’s had her CD signed she leaves and MJ starts laughing and one of the security guards says “You dirty dog!”
Security Guard 1: “Got a *something* a little while away”
Security Guard 2: “The one with the white top, oh yeah *inaudible*.”
Michael: “Is she hot?”
Guy having his CD signed by MJ swivels his head to look around for the same girl
Security Guard 1: “Oh yeah, she looks amazing.”
Fans follow the limo and a female fan with large breasts presses up against the glass of the limo as it leaves
MJ: “There’s some GOOD fish!”
MJ: (looking back at the crowd) “There’s some gooooood fish back there! Ooh! That one right there!”
Karen Faye: (laughing) “Oh look at that one right there! Look at her! Look!”
MJ: “Look at her titties! (laughing) Her titties are going… (makes bouncing motion)”
MJ: (watching people still following the limo) “Tell the police to be gentle with those girls, do not be mean – (points at girl) I like that one right there.”
Cousin: “Me too.”
Diddy: Security they come over to me and they say, Mr Coombs: “Mr Michael Jackson is here to see you.” I’m like, ‘Get out of here’. So I go over, I find Mike and I’m like: “Mike what’s up, what you doing here? Thanks for coming.” So I get him a booth, we go to the booth, we start chit-chatting. (reffering to photo) Bring that up so they can see. See, he has his arm around me but you don’t see the shot of him whispering in my ear right after the shot was taken, he whispers in my ear, he says (soft voice immitating MJ) “Where’s Beyonce?”
Letterman: (audience laughs, claps) Really? Really? Wow. She was at the party?
Diddy: He came to the party to holler at Beyonce! This was before Jay Z though, you know what I’m saying? He came to the party to holler at Beyonce, finds her, then dances with Beyonce in the party.
Diddy: Mike was smooth, Jack.
“I was always impressed about how down to Earth he was. But this is actually down to Earth, he’s asking if it’s alright to come to this party. He said, like, “This party’s really hot. You gotta invite me to more of your parties.” And then he leans over to me and he’s like, we’re taking some pictures and he’s like, “Where’s Beyonce?” I’m like, I’m like I didn’t think I heard him correctly. He’s like, “You know, I heard she’s here, where’s Beyonce?”
And I’m like, “Okay, well hold on, let me go find out where she’s at.”
So I round up on B, B’s on the dancefloor and I’m like, “B, um, you know, Michael’s here, he wants to meet you.” So I get Mike, you know bring him over, he’s like, “I love the record,” whatever, whatever.
He goes to tell the DJ to play the record. DJ plays the record.
And um, I recall them dancing, I don’t want to be quoted for that, that could’ve been in my imagination, but I do recall them dancing or something but even if they never danced that’s the way it is in my mind, but I’m pretty sure that they did dance.
But the whole recollection of that is that – it was so real that Mike recognized the greatness in Beyonce early. He had no ego about it and was ready to meet her and give her hers and he was also ready to go for his as a man. I think we all as men at the time wanted to dance with Beyonce. Michael had the courage enough to come to a party, ask for Beyonce and even dance with her.
“You know it’s funny… Michael was a big sex symbol. Which has kind of got lost in the thing, but Michael was a huge sex symbol and… I’ll tell a story that’s not in the book because I actually didn’t have the right framework for it but in talking to LA Reid and talking to Teddy Riley, guys that spent a lot of time with him, they both told me stories about these women in the studio. It’s an interesting thing, everyone has their perceptions about what Michael was about, but I’ll tell you what… LA Reid is a guy I know very well, I know Teddy Riley very well, these are very straight guys. And they’re telling me that Michael had fine-ass women in the studio, you know, hanging out with him. I believe them. But also, the other thing he said about that was that he… would not… this is another story, another story, another friend of mine, a giant Michael Jackson fan, befriended him, I guess it must be around the turn of the century. So he goes to a party with Michael, Michael’s asking him, “Where’s Beyonce?” ‘Cause he’s never met Beyonce at this point, ’cause he wanted to see her, he made a reference about her derriere. And he goes, “I want to see the girl with the…[derriere]” So he introduces him to Beyonce.
And Michael sees a woman in the crowd, and gets them to bring her over, Michael chats with her, Michael does not take her phone number. As any well known star knows you never take the phone number, your man takes the phone number. So this guy ends up getting the number for Michael. So it’s interesting that there’s this whole narrative about Michael as a heterosexual male, hanging out with guys I know who are very heterosexual male, but there’s something interesting… he himself, would never consciously publicly… it was like he had this whole thing… he was selling the innocent, magical thing.”
Magdalena: Who would be your ideal leading lady, and why?
Michael: An actress? [laughs] You and I should do a film together. Let’s do it, I’d love that…
Fan (outside car): Michael can I get a hug? Can I get a hug Michael?
MJ: Let her in, let her in, let her, she won’t hurt me.
Fan (entering car): Can I give you a hug?
MJ: Of course. (going to hug her) I’ll give you more than a hug.
MJ: (laughs and hugs the girl)
Frank Cascio’s book, speaking about flying out to Seoul in 1999:
The whole first class cabin was empty except for me and another gentleman, but the flight attendants were pretty. I had learned to flirt with flight attendants from Michael: they always had interesting stories to tell. Michael and I always asked them about their favorite travel destinations, whether they were married or had boyfriends, and so on.
Cynthia Bell on left, Lauren Wallace on right
Bashir Documentary 2002,
Jackson wonders if Bashir likes flying.
Bashir claims he hates it, and says that the people on airplanes drink too much because they get alcohol for free (implying that he only flies first class).
Michael says that he loves to talk to the stewardesses, but Bashir doesn’t find that worth discussing. Michael continues with the subject, teasing Bashir about flight attendants, mentioning that he likes how women take care of him. But Bashir chooses to ignore the topic.
Cynthia Bell, prosecution witness, trial, 2005
The second flight attendant, Cindy Bell, was also an attractive woman, a blonde with a great smile. She seemed completely capable and sure of herself, and looked like she was very happy to see Michael. Even under the circumstances.
Miss Bell had a sweet expression on her face as she locked eyes with the pop star, who gently rocked back and forth in his seat behind the defense table.
Testimony from flight attendant, Cynthia Bell, TMez cross:
27 jury that you perceive Michael Jackson as a touchy-
28 feely kind of person, right? 4165
1 A. That is correct.
2 Q. And you said he was touchy-feely, kind of,
3 to you, right?
4 A. That is correct.
5 Q. What do you mean by that?
6 A. Well, he’s very soft-spoken, and typically
7 because of — he’s very polite and very soft-spoken,
8 I would have to kneel and gain eye contact with Mr.
9 Jackson. And, you know, he is very, you know — you
10 know, would touch my arm when we were communicating.
11 I don’t mean touchy-feely like in a weird sort of
12 manner. Just sort of a polite, gaining eye contact,
13 you know, maintaining, you know, communication that
Lauren Wallace, prosecution witness, court 2005
Michael took off his sunglasses to get a better look at a beautiful tall blonde who entered the courtroom: Miss Lauren Wallace, a flight attendant who had served him numerous times. With her long blonde hair and perfect figure accented by a white pant suits and sexy black camisole, Miss Wallace had everyone in the courtroom paying attention. The blonde bombshell was one of the head flight attendants for Extrajet, a private airline that Michael often chartered for himself, his guests, and his three children.
As the gorgeous young woman was sworn in, staring over at Michael with adoring eyes, the pop star looked at her with a curious expression. It seemed like Michael was attracted to her on some level, but then he put on his wire-rimmed reading glasses and began glancing at notes from Messereau. Apparently, Michael didn’t want to be distracted by her beauty. Michael was anxious to hear what she’d been called to talk about.
Lauren Wallace, testimony:
The larger-than-life singer once wrote a personal note to one of her family friends who was very sick.
He was kind, gracious and polite to Wallace, the sole flight attendant on many XtraJet private flights that the one-time King of Pop chartered between California, Florida and other points.
In fact, they had “developed a strong professional friendship, I guess you could say,” Wallace said.
“He was wonderful, he was very kind, he was very humble, he was very gracious, very polite all the time,” Wallace said. “Sometimes he would joke around.”
“It was rare that we would sit down and chat, but on a couple occasions we would,” she said.
“It was wonderful getting to see him again,” she said, noting however that “it’s hard to be in that position when I like him so much.
“I was very flattered that he remembered me and was very coherent and knew who I was,” she said. “I was surprised. I expected him to be out of it. I was very surprised at his ability to recognize me.”
“I’ve been happy to fly Mr. Jackson and his family from day one, and I will remain that way,” she said. “It’s been a wonderful journey and experience, and it will be again.”
He is a real joker and a huge flirt with the girls, he kept making everyone in the studio laugh. It was a good feeling to see him go back to the music.
Tells Beyonce, “you’re distracting me.”
Gonzalezok: am curious about this and i KNOW alot of people would like to know too so here it goes Bill… did you saw MJ flirting with girls alot? was he a natural flirt or just avoided the whole thing cause of his shyness?
MJ’s Bodyguard: I was not going to answer this but I’ll give u guys a little. Yes, MJ was very charming, he did flirt from time to time. Sometimes he would ask me to get someones number or ask do I think someone is cute. It was so funny to watch dude flirt. I tell women I meet that I have a dog, I would hear MJ tell women he has a Zoo! how do you top someone that has a Zoo?
Lenart: When Michael asked you to get someone’s number what would he tell the girl? That he is calling coz she is pretty lol?
MJ’s Bodyguard I cant get into that….yet
Marin Hey, at first lemme say thank u for everything u do, thank u for the way u show your devotion and yourlove for our dear Michael, there is a question that interests me a lot and if you have time i will be very grateful u to answer me-so can you tell me what kind of women Mike liked?I mean what should a woman look like… to attract Michael’s attention? thank u beforehand and God bless you.
ok for the LAST TIME! though I should wait for the book I will say this; MJ admired the way women styled their hair and the way they dressed. He commented about diffent women just walking buy. He would ask us what did we think about sertain women, he liked talking.
Q: hey when is the book coming out? my question is did Michael ever date a girl a lot younger than him? and welcome back!
MJs Bodyguards We are still working on a date release. He did take someone to a movie and dinner, not sure if he would call it dating.
Sameeha Hey Guys! Did you ever see a lady turn down/ignore/brush off MJ? LOL. It would be hard to imagine but maybe a funny story? Thanks!
MJs Bodyguards Never, if they were able to get close to him it was because they wanted to be.
Interviewer: Did he ever flirt with you?
Kai: Oh yeah, he would flirt you know, in his own charming way. I remember Prince coming into the kitchen, “daddy wants to know when dinner’s going to be ready?” I said, “It’s going to be ready at 6:30.” “Okay, well when it’s ready can you come and set it on th table.” So I’m in the dining room and I’m putting the dishes down and the food and whatnot and he walks in. I have menus on the table for the kids to see. So I’m leaving the area and I have on my chef’s uniform, the chef’s jacket and on the back there’s a little opening at the back of the apron. So I have my white jeans on and I remember as I’m walking out, I turn around just to see and all of a sudden “psshht” his head turned and it was right on my tush. I was like okaaaay.
Interviewer: Fair to say that in that moment the King of Pop was reading more than one menu at the same time.
Kai: (laughing) I think so.
“I never actually got to meet him,” she said. “My [business] partner, Shakim [Compere], met him because we managed Naughty By Nature and they did a remix with him.”
Queen Latifah revealed the King of Pop appreciated her good looks.
“He thought I had beautiful cheekbones, I know that much,” she said. “That’s a compliment coming from Michael Jackson.”