Michael Jackson ’embarrassed’ by virginity interview question
This month marks the 30th anniversary of Michael Jackson’s revealing interview with Oprah Winfrey. The famous talk show host grilled the King of Pop on a host of hot topics, including the color of his skin, his upbringing, and his love life. After briefly talking about her relationship with actress and model Brooke Shields, Oprah couldn’t help but ask the star about her sex life.
Oprah spoke with Michael on February 10, 1993. The star was interested in clarifying a number of controversies that had surfaced in the tabloids over the preceding months.
At that time, the star was not married, and the press and the public were very interested in learning everything they could about the romantic part of her life.
He had been seen dating Brooke for months at the time, to which Oprah said, “Are you a virgin?”
Michael was absolutely stunned by this question. He instantly put his head in his hands and exclaimed, “How could you ask me that question?!”
Oprah asked, “So you’re not going to answer?” He replied, “I’m embarrassed.”
No wonder Michael didn’t want to tarnish the trust built between him and Brooke. He later called her “one of the loves of my life”.
He said, “I think she loved me as much as I loved her, you know? We hung out a lot. We hung out a lot. Her pictures were on my wall, my mirror, everything.”
Brooke then said some wonderful things about Michael after he died on June 25, 2009.
Michael suffered an accidental overdose of barbiturates. His funeral was held three months later, in September, and was attended by all the biggest stars who had worked and lived with Michael throughout his life. Including Brooke.
She said of Michael at his funeral: “We had a bond. We both needed to be adults very early, but when we were together, we were two little kids having fun.”
He later hinted that there was nothing more to their relationship than friendship.
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