Michael Jackson turns 50; says he feels wise but young

It’s been a bizarre half a century for fallen superstar Michael Jackson. He started out as the talented young front man of The Jackson Five, and conquered the world as a solo artist in the 80s. His Thriller album continues to be one of the best selling albums of all time. But just when he was on top of the world, things got weird: the myriad of plastic surgeries; the rumors of sleeping in a hyperbaric chamber and keeping a pet chimp; the Wonderland ranch; the child molestation accusations and the baby-dangling all chipped away at Jackson’s persona. Now, Michael is more of a cautionary tale- a Hollwyood “don’t.” But in a recent interview, he says he is very focused on his kids and is still writing music.

As he turns 50, Michael Jackson is speaking out – telling “Good Morning America” he still feels young. “I feel very wise and sage, but at the same time very young,” he revealed.

The King of Pop will be spending the big 5-0 with kids Paris, 9, and Michael II, 5, — “just have a little cake with my children and we’ll probably watch some cartoons,” he said.

As for that rumored comeback? “I am writing all the time,” he explained. “I love composing and the whole thing. But I am also raising my children and enjoying it and teaching them to ride bicycles and how to read. I love it.”

[From ExtraTV]

It was rumored that MTV was trying to lure Jackson out of seclusion to perform on this year’s VMA broadcast, but Jackson declined. Maybe he thought he was being set up to be this year’s Britney Spears train wreck performance. Or maybe he’s just decided to retire from performing publicly due to his scary-looking face. Either way, it was probably a good move. I have a feeling that Michael’s best music and performances are long behind him.

Michael Jackson is shown in the header in a car outside Madeo’s restaurant on 8/21/08. Do you think he’s wearing a mask or something – his chin looks odd. Credit: WENN. He is also shown at designer Christian Audigier’s 50th birthday party on 5/23/08. Credit: Fame

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  1. Mr. T says:

    The creepiest. Too bad, he really had talent.

  2. texas gal says:

    That’s not MJ in the first picture, is it?

  3. Megan says:

    Looks like a mannequin.

  4. Roni says:

    His arse is nuts!!!!!

  5. Lola says:

    Ha ha ha, that header had me in fits. Does he really? Why not say, I feel weird annd strange coz he sure looks it.

    Strangely if he made a genuine effort of resurrecting his career, he would be a success. Not as massive as he used to be, but he still has fans. He would also make some new fans who are into ‘weird’ people. LOL.

  6. daisy424 says:

    I remember his ‘comeback’ on the Motown 25 special in 1983. We were crowded around the tv and saw him perform the moonwalk for the first time. The audience went crazy. I loved him doing the ‘mashed potatoes’ he can dance.
    Yeah, he has gotten creepy and I wouldn’t want him alone with my grandkids, but no one can deny his talent.
    Here’s the video-

  7. Lauri says:

    Doesn’t he have 3 kids? The article only mentioned 2. What happened to the other boy?

    He may FEEL wise and sage, but in reality he is a mentally ill loon who has no business raising children. God only knows what he’s done to them. I shudder at the thought.

    I agree he is talented, but that does not mitigate the crimes against kids that I am convinced he has committed. He should be giving his interviews from a jail cell.

  8. V. I. Pete says:

    He looks like the joker in that lead shot. he was such a cute kid with so much talent. It just seems so sad and unbelievable thats all. How could something like that happen?

  9. Jessica says:

    Are you sure that is not Rumer Willis in the first pic???

  10. Strawberry In Disguise says:

    No no, the helmet man (woman?) is much to pretty to be Michael. They should hire an imposter with more cheekbone next time šŸ˜‰

  11. KPC says:

    Do you think you would gasp if you saw him in person? I mean they must have told him no more surgery or his face would collapse…that is the only logical answer to why he wears the deflated face. then again is he able to think logically.

    Isn’t he broke too? I heard Neverland is bye-bye.

  12. vdantev says:

    I want the real Micheal Jackson back, not this plastic replica šŸ™

  13. Tina says:

    It is such a shame… One of the greatest artists ever has been torn apart.
    I have never believed the allegations that cost him his career and life, and hope that he continues to use his amazing talent.
    Maybe one day a comeback?

  14. chaz says:

    I think maybe the real M.J. is off on another planet performing sold out shows for crowds of interstellar aliens, and earth got stuck with this atrophied imposter. But don’t worry, the REAL M.J. will return to save us at our most dyer moment by moonwalking the apocalypse away.

  15. Orangejulius says:

    Hard to believe that I once had a crush on him! Sad that he just spiralled down in a Howard Hughes kind of way. He should take up the priesthood, he’d be in tall cotton…. OK. I’m ducking!

  16. sabine says:

    Michael Jackson is a sad story. So talented (and his music is still good)…but honestly, he belongs on a shrink’s couch. His face shows the world how dysfunctional he is. I am concerned about him raising children.

  17. Victoria says:

    AGREE ALL…. How sad that Michael has been reduced to this sad and deflated state… His sister Janet said once, that ” the cheekbones in her brothers face were so paper thin, that if he were ever in a car wreck or hit very hard by someone, they could not be repaired”. The same with his nose, which had more artificial parts than Pam Andersons breasts and body. How in the world did he ever think all of this would look good? People loved him BACK then, the way he was. What happened to his mind, to make him undergo such changes to his body? ,,,,, I wonder what his poor children must think. They are home-schooled, so obviously do not come in contact with other children of their ages often. What an odd life they must lead.. At least other celebrity kids go out in public ( not with masks on either ), and attend school and play in parks, and etc….. we comment on them….. In 10 to 20 years I wonder what kind of beings they will be for us to comment on then. After all that sheltering…

  18. daisy424 says:

    Some wounds never heal;
    “From a young age Jackson was physically and mentally abused by his father, enduring incessant rehearsals, whippings and name-calling. Jackson’s abuse as a child affected him throughout his grown life. In one altercationā€”later recalled by Marlon Jacksonā€”Joseph held Michael upside down by one leg and “pummelled him over and over again with his hand, hitting him on his back and buttocks”. Joseph would often trip up, or push the male children into walls.Jackson first spoke openly about his childhood abuse in a 1993 interview with Oprah Winfrey. He said that during his childhood he often cried from loneliness and would sometimes get sick or start to regurgitate upon seeing his father. In Jackson’s other high profile interview, Living with Michael Jackson (2003), the singer covered his face with his hand and began crying when talking about his childhood abuse. Jackson recalled that Joseph sat in a chair with a belt in his hand as he and his siblings rehearsed and that “If you didn’t do it the right way, he would tear you up, really get you.”

  19. TennPearl says:

    Yeah, I’m with Lauri. What about his 3rd child?

  20. Diva says:

    We watched a bunch of Michael Jackson videos on OnDemand last night… it was the coolest thing watching my 3 1/2 year old niece watch Thriller for the first time!!! She was scared to death, but we convinced her they were just “funny, dancing monsters!” lol

    But then, we went from Thriller, Beat It and Billie Jean, where she would say “that boy is dancing on the lights” and “he’s dancing with funny monsters” to Bad, where my niece then started saying “where’s that girl dancing at?” and “she just said ‘woooo'”… I realized that was when the plastic surgery went too far!!! lol We tried through the whole song to convince her that that was Michael Jackson and HE is a HE, but she just couldn’t see it!

    But she loved the music… he really was great at what he did!

  21. gg says:

    Oh mah gawsh the Japanese have finally made an Ultraman Michael Jackson doll! Ultrascary!

  22. Michael Jackson says:

    Michael Jackson: there are only one life: take my misson: Lisa Lavie: Free Your Mind: watch on the internet: The Others: The Eye: Splash: Gothika: Secret Window: The Secret Garden: The Water Horse: Legend Of The Deep: take control: The Cottage: all tracks like: you got only one life: Lord Of The Rings: The Return Of The King: is an eleven oscar production: camera: dvd: poster: design, colors: eleven oscars: now you know: all tracks like: thereĀ“s nothing to loose: Deborah Jackson: 3T: Latoya Jackson: there are only one life: girl you know itĀ“s true !

  23. Barb says:

    Crimes? He was acquitted both times and the circumstances were dubious. It’s likely those people wanted to extort money from him. It’s also possible because of his wealth he got himself off. But we don’t know so why does everyone talk about it as if it’s a fact? Power of the media–just remember that.

    It’s also interesting to me that all that happened after the beginning of his “Heal the World” campaign.