Elton John believes Michael Jackson was “mentally ill” and struggled to cope with “adult company” and is expressing these views in a new book.
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Elton’s book, named ‘Me’, drops on October 15th and offers readers insight into the icon’s story and its relation to the stories of other public figures.
In the firing line? Michael.
The ‘Candle in the Wind’ musician had this to say about him…
I’d known Michael since he was 13 or 14. Elizabeth Taylor had turned up on the Starship with him in tow. 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.“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 the poor guy had totally lost his marbles. I don’t mean that in the light-hearted way. He was genuinely mentally ill, a disturbing person to be around. It was incredibly sad, but he was someone you couldn’t help: he was just gone, off in a world of his own, surrounded by people who only told him what he wanted to hear.
This wouldn’t be the first time Elton has taken aim at a fellow Pop act. He has had renown spats with the likes of Madonna and Tina Turner.