Ive put Farrah's name first because not only is it etiquette to put a lady's name first but also she died before Michael.
I grew up with Charlies Angels and The Bionic Woman, I grew up with Michael Jackson as a musical influence.
Its taken me some time to compose what I want to say in respect to these two fine artists.
For Farrah, I feel deeply deeply sorry for her and for her family, such a beautiful woman ravaged by Cancer, I understand her families pain, My own Mother was ravaged in such a horrid way also. I also feel deeply sad for Farrah and her family in respect that The ? what is the right word here ? her demise was overshadowed by another brilliant artists passing that seems to have taken the shine off of Farrah. (as it were) - As I am sure that if Michael had not died so shortly after Farrah then It would have been Farrah's name that would have been on every Tabloid , Newspaper, Magazine TV Station , Reporters Lips... Perhaps it is a blessing to her family ? I do not know the answer to this, but to her family I say Please know this that I am mourning Farrah's loss all the way over here in Australia, right along with you as I sure many many other people around the world are.
RIP Beautiful Lady
Ive chosen the song Ben as my remembrance to him. His voice was so unbelievably beautiful and he was such a beautiful boy. It is heartbreaking to listen to he words of not only Ben but to many other songs that Michael released and know that there was great sorrow behind those words. I believe the reason that he and indeed any song writer and or performer does so well in their field is because of their deep pain , love or genuineness behind the emotion in their songs.
I believe more than likely that Michael ended his own life. I believe that in March when he announced his 50 concerts that he would be dead at 50, I believe that his words of "Let the final curtain Call" and his turning around waving behind him at the media and crowd was his final goodbye..
I believe when he said these words "the songs my fans want to hear" and promised again that "this is the final curtain call. I'll see you in July."
That he was meaning they would see him in July at his funeral/memorial, and that his songs of course would be played at his funeral /memorial.
I believe that the man was in so much emotional and physical pain that he just wanted to escape..
I think that Michael had a horribly tormented childhood, and worse a terribly tormenting life by the media and all the many people who *hung* on to him for the many things he could do for them. Its not a new story, its happened before to many many other famous people who lived torturous lives and died young. James Dean, Marilyn Monroe, JFK, Elvis Presley , Princess Diana, Heath Ledger, the list could go on and on ... Some plagued more than others by paparazzi and innuendo , lies, rumour and so forth..
There are many people that will wish to sullen Michael Jackson's name by screaming paedophile, calling him whacko for his antics..and everyone is entitled to their opinion, but possibly those people do not know Michael Jackson before the scandals broke. Before he changed his face so much, before he went down a steep and slippery path until his own death just days ago..SO that is fine I can understand those people saying their thoughts, but that is only because they did not grow up with Michael's music and influence.
From all accounts Michael had a very hard and troubled childhood, it was not a easy childhood. From all accounts he has still all the way through his life had *family difficulties* Add to that the difficulties faced with the public and media, always wanting more until they broke him.
Then the vultures came.
Do I believe that Michael was a sexual predator of young children ? no I do not.
What i do believe is that Michael regressed into living a sort of dream like child hood fantasy, he became a child, he started to live a fantasy life. I believe he would have thought nothing of sleeping in the same bed as a child because he regressed into being a child himself. I think Michael was pushed over the edge. I think all the *whacko* things that he did , the Neverland ranch , the animals, the Monkey was all a step out of reality for him, I think with all the hounding, the wanting , the pushing , the constant media want want want at him , the changing of his face, the physical impact and toll on his own body and mind from that sent him over the edge into a different place of reality.
I remember when I saw him dangling his youngest child just a baby over the edge of the balcony I wanted to slap his face right off. I was so angry with him. In this article HERE His close friend Yuri Geller suspected that the *baby* was a fake. The dolls the Baby reborns are very real looking , perhaps it was in fact a fake. I hope so for the 9month old infants sake that it wasn't in fact him and was in fact a fake.
I remember being so angry with him, this incident more than anything turned me off him as a person for some time because I Was so angry with Michael Jackson, and for when I became a mother the following year I could never understand it. I still don't understand it real baby or a fake baby, But I can try to possibly be a little empathetic towards Michael Jackson for the horrendous strain that he was under from everyone.
My mother used to say Money cant buy you happiness, and while I do think that some money can certainly make you more comfortable, the mega millions that celebrities make does not bring them happiness, not true happiness. Everything has a price except happiness.. You just cant buy it.
To Michael's Family and True friends and fans that truly loved him you have my utmost heartfelt sympathies and condolences, and I mourn right along side you. To those that used Michael and pushed him to where he is today you have my utmost contempt.....
RIP KING of POP Michael Jackson, you were and always will be a true legend ......