Elton John: Yeah, Michael Jackson Was a ‘Disturbing Person to Be Around’

Rock legend Sir Elton John, who was just awarded the National Humanities Medal by President Joe Biden, is spilling the tea about the late Michael Jackson.

In his tell-all memoir “Me,” John called Jackson “mentally ill’ and “a disturbing person to be around.”

Elton first met Michael Jackson when the latter was just a child, and the rock legend says the King of Pop was a very different person back then.

In the memoir, John explains, “I’d known Michael since he was 13 or 14. He was just the most adorable kid you could imagine. But at some point in the intervening years, he started sequestering himself away from the world and away from reality, the way Elvis Presley did.”

Jackson, whose life was plagued by rumors that he was a child molester and who struggled with drug addiction, changed over the years – either because of fame, mental illness, or perhaps a combination of both. John avoided commenting directly about the allegations of child molestation, instead simply explaining, “For whatever reason, he couldn’t seem to cope with adult company at all.”

Elton goes on to explain, “God knows what was going on in his head, and God knows what prescription drugs he was being pumped full of, but every time I saw him in his later years, I came away thinking that the poor guy had totally lost his marbles. I don’t mean that in the lighthearted way. He was genuinely mentally ill, a disturbing person to be around.”


  • It’s sad to see the damage that media and rumors can do to someone. Michael was perceived a certain way just like any other figure that goes against what they want. Listen to his music and lyrics to some songs and they speak volumes about his real message

    • He knew him personally so your comment makes no sense. He had first hand knowledge not what he got from the media

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