Michael Jackson: Inside Neverland
The drugs, the secrets and the children
The King of Pop has passed away and it seems that all of his decades-old secrets are spewing forth from the cracks in the foundation of his life. Michael Jackson died last week after suffering a cardiac arrest at 50 years old, weeks before he was about to embark on a major comeback tour. As his friends and family pay tribute, some say that his two autopsies will reveal a small part in what was a lifetime of drug abuse.
My source traveled with Michael for years and had the opportunity to live and work at Neverland during his glory days. Here are just a few of Michael Jackson’s barely hidden secrets.
“Michael got daily injections and was in regular pain. There were all kinds of medicines, you never knew what he was taking, but you knew he was taking a lot of it. There was a doctor by his side traveling with him at all times.”
“Michael could really be sweet and childlike. He was an introvert who loved women and children, but he couldn’t speak about his father and rarely spoke frankly with anyone. Even close friends couldn’t get past his shell. He blamed his loss of childhood on his father and seemed to constantly be fighting to gain some of it back at Neverland. That’s where all the visiting children came in. Their parents would be there, too, but it was inappropriate. Michael always said he was a child, just like them, but obviously, he was an adult.”
“Michael felt as if the public generally thought he was a freak and it bothered him immensely but he never really knew who he was and definitely did not know how or want to blend into a more normal life. He was most himself while making music. Michael was happiest when he was writing a new song – there was joy in his life then. He was a genius and despite all the weirdness, he was also very kind.”
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