Michael Jackson Admits His Feelings Of Loneliness
“I’m more comfortable on stage than I am giving this interview right now”
Dressed in dark shades and a military jacket, Michael Jackson is not a picture of health in 1996, during an interview with VH1 where he answers questions from fans.
His answers are guarded, saying “every interview I’ve done I’ve been forced into”, as he voices his opinions of the media openly, calling the tabloid press “garbage” and “junk food”. The interview comes after Jackson was caught in a storm of rumours of child abuse, forcing him to enter rehabilitation and cancel parts of his Dangerous world tour.
During a career that spanned four decades, The Prince of Pop experienced the highs and very lows of fame, singing about the pitfalls on his track “Stanger in Moscow”. Explained to be entirely autobiographical, the song has themes of loneliness and isolation, including lyrics like “Here abandoned in my fame/ Armageddon of the brain”.
When asked during the interview what other songs he counted as most about himself, Jackson points to “Heal The World”, “We Are The World” and “I’ll Be There”, tracks that call for people to unite to help one another.
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