In His Own Words: Michael Jackson On Race, Fame And Loneliness
The pop icon would've been 59 today.
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Michael Jackson, August 29, 1958 - June 25, 2009 - Today would have been Michael Jackson's 59th birthday. We lost the icon back in June of 2009 and music has never been the same. MJ influenced every genre of music, reinvented the word "pop," and broke countless records. He is still so deeply missed, but fortunately his music lasts forever. We honor Michael by using his words. Keep clicking to read his words on fame, his family and much more.
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On Being Lonely - "People think they know me, but they don't. Not really. Actually, I am one of the loneliest people on this earth. I cry sometimes, because it hurts." (Photo: Mark Mainz/Getty Images)
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On His Race - "I’m a Black American, I am proud of my race. I am proud of who I am. I have a lot of pride and dignity." (Photo: Dave Hogan/Getty Images)
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On Wacko Jacko - "Yeah, Wacko Jacko, where did that come from? Some English tabloid? I have a heart and I have feelings. I feel that when you do that to me. It’s not nice." (Photo: REUTERS/Michael Dalder /Landov)
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On Elizabeth Taylor - "Elizabeth Taylor used to feed me, to hand-feed me, at times. Please, I don’t want anybody to think I’m starving, I’m not. My health is perfect, actually." (Photo: Kevin Mazur/WireImage)