A new book on Michael Jackson titled “Michael and Me: The Untold Story of Michael Jackson’s Secret Romance” reveals the King of Pop actually loved women, contrary to what the world thinks about him as a pedophile.
In a post published by Raechal Leone Shefelt, the author Shana Mangatal admits Michael Jackson was her idol as a teenager, adding that she grew up knowing the pop king with so much sweet memories–an experience she described as “something only fans of MJ could dream of: a romance and, even more so, a friendship with him”.
Image shows the King of Pop Michael Jackson and former flame Shana Mangatal.
Mangatal [the book writer] is 46 years old now. She was able to pen the book, Michael and Me: The Untold Story of Michael Jackson’s Secret Romance, after compiling details on all the time she spent with him from her diary.
Jackson and Mangatal knew each other and kept a close relationship for over two decades. She recalls the first time she saw Michael was during one of his 1988 concerts where she worked as part of the management team.
During that time, she writes, Jackson would regularly visit her in the office.
Although further details of what transpired in the office wasn’t explained, Mangatal reveals she worked with the legend as an extra on two of his short films.
It wasn’t until she was 26 that the “Bad” singer gave her “a first kiss”.
She revealed they went ahead to share “steamy nights” in the summer of 1996.
Though many books have been written on the life of this man who transformed music and dancing to what it is in this 21st Century, the author says it was never in her plans to write a book until she found the diaries she kept as a young girl.
In her words: “After he passed away, it was really difficult for me to look at his pictures, watch his music videos or even listen to his music, so I definitely couldn’t read those diaries, until about, I’d say, a year or two ago, when I finally got the strength to do it.
“As I was reading the diaries, I was, like, ‘Oh my God, there’s so much good stuff in here.’ [I thought] if the public knew these things, maybe they would think a little bit differently about Michael and have a different perspective on him.”
These are some excerpts from the book which has been launched since August 29:
His vibe was the opposite of asexual
“Anyone that I talk to, most of them believe that he was asexual, and I tell them no,” Mangatal says.
“All you have to do is spend five minutes with him, and you know instantly that he was not asexual. He was quite the opposite, because he was extremely flirtatious — he was always flirting with me, at least.
“He could flip any conversation into something flirty. From the very first day that I met him [as a fan] at the afterparty for his concert in New York, he was flirting with me — from the very moment I met him. That told me a lot.
“And from then on, I knew that there was more to him than meets the eye, because it was clear that he loved the ladies. And he couldn’t hide it.
“Even if he tried to be child-like and innocent, he had that manly, macho thing in him that made him the flirtatious, sexy guy in real life.”
Mangatal reveals that Michael loved kids and would do anything to have them around, adding that she never questioned his innocence even when child molestation accusations were leveled against the star.
“When you were with Michael, and you saw him with kids, you saw the relationship, and it was just so pure and innocent,” she says.
“It was really a wonderful thing to see, because …he became like a kid when he was with them. He was like a peer to them. So it was never like he was this adult preying on the children. He was literally one of them. He loved playing what they loved to do, which was play video games, watch cartoons, talk about girls even.”
He carefully chose his nickname, the King of Pop
There’s no doubt that Jackson remains the King of Pop though the author claims it was a brand he chose for himself. She says the star coined the name–King of Pop, and “insisted that others refer to him that way at awards shows or on MTV for a very specific reason”.
“He wanted to be respected,” Mangatal says.
“He felt that Elvis [Presley] was called the King, and Michael felt like he had just as many hit singles as Elvis, and he wasn’t getting the respect that Elvis was getting, simply because of his race. So that’s why he started loving it when people called him the King of Pop and demanding that people do so.”
As big as he was onstage, he was unassuming in real life
Mangatal wants fans to take away from her book that Jackson was more than an icon.
“He was down to earth, he was a real man, he wasn’t Wacko Jacko,” she says.
“He was just a normal guy who had an immense amount of talent. A lot of time when I was with him, I had to keep reminding myself, ‘This is Michael Jackson, this is the King of Pop.’ It was very easy to forget that when you were with him, because he was really unassuming. He never put on any airs, like he was a superstar in private. Yeah, onstage he did. He was the most magnificent star to ever live, but in real life, he wasn’t like that.”
He cared much less about his skin color than everyone else
Michael’s well documented medical records show he suffered a skin disorder vitiligo which caused a rapid change in his complexion.
Yet many will forever argue that he “bleached his skin” to change his race, or forget the pains of being black.
However, Mangatal argues that those speculations are false, biased and unfounded.
In her words: “He had gone through the music industry since he was a child, and he experienced so much racism and, almost to prove a point — this is my theory — that that’s why he didn’t mind that his skin was changing, because it made him colorless, not raceless,” she says.
“Because he was always extremely proud of being a black man. That was always very important to him, and it was very important that people knew that.
“But being black and having a different skin color were two different things for him. Those had nothing to do with each other, and I think that is where the public gets that mixed up.
“It wasn’t that he didn’t want to be black, it’s just that he wanted to be universal. He didn’t believe in color.”
Mangatal reveals Jackson lived a troubled life after the child molestation trials were brought against him in 1993, adding that things got awry for the celebrity because his trusted 5-star friends abandoned him. He felt they judged him wrongly.
All the way to 2005 when the last highly publicized trials took place, the King of Pop believed his life was in a mess. No one understood his predicaments. The world condemned him without proofs.
“After the trial was over, he didn’t even want to come back to the United States, because he felt like no one loved him here,” Mangatal says.
“He felt like if he did a concert or a show in America, no one would show up — that’s how traumatized he was from that event, where a lot of people didn’t support him that he expected would. And then to see them after he had passed away [at a public memorial for him at L.A.’s Staples Center], sitting there smiling, some going onstage giving speeches, as if they were his best friends, it really made me sad.”
Image shows Michael Jackson and his team during the child molestation trials.
No one can love me like Michael Jackson
Mangatal sure had a memorable time with the best musician the world has ever seen. She admits missing him everyday of herself.
The author regrets losing Jackson, adding that she would fall in love over again only if that lover man has the charisma of the late music legend otherwise she might just have to wait for him forever.
“It’s been tough. I foresee myself being alone forever, unfortunately,” Mangatal says.
“It’s hard when you’re with someone like Michael Jackson. It’s hard to go and start dating the guy next door. It’s nearly impossible, because you become almost addicted to this excitement, to almost the non-availability of him at all times becomes the exciting aspect of it.
“You’re constantly wondering, when is he going to call, when am I gonna see him, and that becomes the part of the whole roller- coaster ride that is kind of thrilling.
“And then to sort of go to a normal existence is just not, I can’t even become attracted to that. I need someone with that same excitement and that same charisma that he had.
“And it’s rare that people have that, so it’s been extremely tough for me.”