Michael Jackson touchingly admitted to his father’s abuse
This week marks the 30th anniversary of Michael Jackson’s incredible interview with Oprah Winfrey. The talk show host got into the nitty-gritty of the star’s controversial and traumatic life in a one-hour special on February 10, 1993, which aired on ABC. The monumental event became one of the most watched interviews of all time, with more than 90 million viewers. During his candid conversation with Oprah, the King of Pop opened up about the abuse he suffered from his father, Joseph Jackson.
Michael had been acting since he was just a kid. Singing and dancing with his brothers in the Jackson 5, the American star was just five years old when he began working on his routines with his family. This continued into his teens and eventually into adulthood when he began his solo career.
But, throughout it all, his father was constantly watching and criticizing.
Michael told Oprah, “Sometimes I get mad. I don’t know him the way I’d like to know him. My mom is wonderful. She’s perfection to me. I wish I could understand my dad.” (Through Mirror)
He added that being a young artist caused him to have “very, very sad years.”
Oprah pressed Michael on what got him down, and he began to open up about the abuse he endured from his father when he was young.
“Oh, there is a lot of sadness for my past and my adolescence,” he confessed. “About my father and all that stuff.”
The host asked him, “Did he… ever hit you?” Michael replied solemnly, “Yes. He saw me, he wanted me… I guess I don’t know if I was his golden child or whatever, some may call it strict discipline or whatever, but he was very strict.” , very hard, very severe. Just one look would scare you, you know?
Michael then explained how the fear of his father would give him a physical reaction.
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“As if there had been times when he had come to see me,” Michael said. “He would make me sick, I would start to regurgitate.”
Even though Michael had been wronged, he proceeded to apologize to his father. He said, “He never heard me say this. I’m sorry, please don’t be mad at me.” He added that he still loved his father and forgave him.
When pressed by Oprah on this issue, he added, “I forgive. There’s so much crap and so much crap written about me that it’s so untrue, it’s complete lies, and those are some of the things I wanted to talk about.” about.”
One of the “lies” Michael referred to was the rumor that he had bleached his skin by choice.
Michael went on to confirm that his skin color changed due to a condition called vitiligo.
Michael said: “It’s something I can’t help. When people make up stories that I don’t want to be who I am, it hurts. It’s a problem for me. I can’t control it. But what about all the millions of people who are sit in the sun to darken, to become something other than what they are? No one says anything about it.”
Despite the fact that his skin naturally whitened, he confirmed, “I am African American. I am proud to be African American. I am proud of my race. I am proud of who I am.”
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