Sir Elton John has written a tell-all autobiography titled Me: Elton John, which is packed with tons of shocking revelations and stories from his life in show business.
One of those stories is about Michael Jackson, and let’s just say that Elton was not a fan. According to Elton John, the late Michael Jackson was “mentally ill” and “a disturbing person to be around.”
The British superstar met Michael Jackson, the infamous King of Pop, back when he was a young teenager–only 13 or 14. This would have been around the time that Jackson began his solo career, after gaining popularity and fame in the Jackson 5.
Elton John describes him as “just the most adorable kid you could imagine.”
But as his friendship with Michael continued, Elton John says that he witnessed firsthand how much the pop star changed with fame. Michael became more and more of a recluse, hiding away from other people and becoming isolated.
“At some point in the intervening years, he started sequestering himself away from the world, and away from reality the way Elvis Presley did,” Elton writes in his book.
In a chilling description, Elton John labels the King of Pop as having “totally lost his marbles,” adding, “I don’t mean that in the light-hearted way. He was genuinely mentally ill, a disturbing person to be around.”
Elton alleges that part of Michael Jackson’s problem could have been due to prescription medications, saying that he had no idea “what was going on in his head” or “what prescription drugs he was being pumped full of.”
After Michael’s death, it was concluded that he suffered a “quite extensive” drug addiction, as the singer passed away from an overdose. But this wasn’t the first time that Michael’s drug addition surfaced. He announced it himself when he cut his 1993 tour short to enter an inpatient rehab center’s program.
Michael Jackson’s mental state likely came from more than just his prescriptions and being an opiate addict, though, as Elton John recalls that Michael just “couldn’t seem to cope with adult company at all.”
Elton John’s memoir certainly provides insight into Michael Jackson’s life and mental state over the years leading up to his passing, and promises to be an interesting read for fans of the Rocket Man himself.