An Evening with George Michael Jackson

Steve Pafford
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Steve Pafford

June 24, 2013
5:21 p.m.

On the fourth anniversary of Michael Jackson’s death, I’m reminded of a candid conversation I had four years before that, with another famous Michael. George Michael. Jacko died on George’s birthday, and the day before mine. George and I have known each other since he started messaging me online out of the blue, a decade ago. After years of badgering him, he agreed that I should interview him for a Gay Times cover story in 2007. Two years earlier, our first face to face meeting proved rather different. Thank heavens I kept a diary.

It’s Monday 13th June, 2005, and after being cruised by George Michael on a well known gay website, I am finally invited to visit him at his palatial Georgian home in deepest Highgate. I arrive dead on 8pm as agreed, and the fellow hairy half Greek comes to the gate dressed in khaki shorts and a baggy black T-shirt, one of his beloved golden retrievers tracking his every move. photo-13As I pass endless old masters from the likes of Picasso and Miro on the walls, I’m led into a kitchen diner that looks out onto one of the biggest gardens I’ve ever seen, but before I’ve had a chance to sit down George gets a call on his mobile. It’s his sister, Melanie: “Put Sky News on,” she instructs. “They’re about to announce the Michael Jackson verdict!”

We sit glued to the flatscreen TV on the wall, waiting for the court’s judgment on the latest round of child abuse allegations. George realises he’s completely forgotten to offer me anything. “Do you drink? I think I’ve got a bottle of wine somewhere.” It’s obvious alcohol is no longer his regular drug of choice. This becomes ever more apparent as he spends a good ten minutes looking for a bottle opener. I turn round and catch George Michael with his head inside the washing machine. “Oh, I thought the cleaner may have put the bottle opener in there. I think she’s hiding it from me.”

George sits at the dining table with two packets of Silk Cut and a large stash of hash and starts to roll a joint for each of us. We watch the Not Guilty verdicts come in. After the first one George is incredulous. “No, fucking way!” he cries. Then the next: “I don’t fucking believe it. This is a travesty. Just how many people have been paid off?” It goes on and on, and I can see George’s rage building up. He’s as red-faced as Jacko is white. He clearly believes the court have reached the wrong verdict. But why’s he so sure? He obviously knows stuff but doesn’t want to elaborate just yet, so I ask him if the two of them have ever met.

“Oh yeah, we were even going to work together. But his bizarre behaviour put the kibosh on that. It was 1988 and it’s funny, looking back, but at the time we were the biggest male pop stars in the world, rivals I suppose. And our label Sony had this grand idea of a duet – the two Michaels – it could’ve been the biggest thing ever! But I’d heard that Prince had turned him down, I also knew that he was sitting on stuff he’d done with Freddie Mercury – apparently they fell out because Freddie kept urging him to come out of the closet!”

“Was Freddie trying it on with him? Who knows? But it wouldn’t surprise me, knowing Freddie! Anyway, a meeting was arranged at the Jackson family compound in Encino. Michael had just bought Neverland but we’d heard that no adults were allowed there, except staff. It took ages to get there; a really long drive in a stuffy car from LA and I’m really hot and sweaty. When we arrive at the house, we’re shown into the porch by the front door and told that Michael will be down to see us shortly. I was standing there for 20 minutes. Then Michael arrives, in full-make up with shades on, inside the house! He’s accompanied by his manager Frank DiLeo, and I have my manager with me, so there’s the four of us standing in the hallway, and Frank does all the talking. Not once does Michael ever shake our hands, take his shades off or speak directly to us. I try to engage him in conversation but he just turns his head and looks at the floor. All questions to him have to go through his manager, even when you’re standing right in front of him. Unbelievable rudeness!

As the managers try to work out the logistics of who would write the song and all that, the only time Michael volunteers to speak is a whisper in Frank’s ear. “Michael wants to know how much do you think we could sell of this record?” enquiries DiLeo. It would have been absolutely massive, and my manager made it clear it would be, but it was almost like Michael wanted some kind of guarantee: “I will only agree to work with you if it’s going to sell at least x million.” But by this point I’d lost interest. We’d been talking for over an hour and not once were were offered a drink or even a chair. I came away thinking this guy is a complete and utter nutter. And that was the last time there was ever any talk of the two of us working together. No amount of record sales was worth that kind of behaviour.”

George Michael has had his own run ins with the law since then. Happily, he’s also recording his first new album of new material for a decade…

Comments



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CEThom (Guest)
6 years, 4 months ago

So George thought Michael Jackson was guilty because he wore make-up indoors and didn’t offer his guests a drink? Or he thought Michael Jackson was a paedophile because he’d heard a rumour he was gay?

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Brian (Guest)
5 years, 8 months ago

It wasn’t just “rumor”. Those, George and Freddie, were Jackson’s peers. It doesn’t take a lot for people around you to figure out if you’re gay. And Wacko was Clearly a pedophile. Even his mother complained of his gay activities with young boys.

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Fernanda (Guest)
5 years, 8 months ago

So you spoke with his mother?

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Swann (Guest)
6 years, 4 months ago

CEThom, you really think that George Michael, the openly gay singer, holds the homophobic opinion that gay men are paedophiles? Really?

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CEThom (Guest)
6 years, 4 months ago

He certainly holds the homophobic view that having dangerous, unprotected sex with strangers is an integral part of ‘gay culture’ – a view he has expressed in multiple interviews over the years.

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mileda (Guest)
6 years, 4 months ago

hai thankz for inviteng me chat

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Sefra (Guest)
6 years, 3 months ago

How would George Michael “obviously know stuff” about MJ when they met only once, and under the very formal circumstances described above? It’s very poor, actually tabloidish, journalism to make such insinuations when there is nothing to support that.

Rather than having some inside info, George Michael’s comments on MJ’s Not Guilty verdict seem rather ignorant. I’m saying this as someone who DID read the court transcripts of that trial (Did George do?) and I base my opinion on that and not some emotional reaction or on whether I like Jackson as a person or not. And I think it was the right verdict. No one needed to be paid off with that very weak case.

MJ might have been rude during that encounter, but to be honest George Michael does not come across as very sympathetic here either.

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Sarah (Guest)
5 years, 8 months ago

Don’t twist his words. George Michael met Jacko a lot more than once, as he clearly states. He’s saying they only attempted to WORK together once. George Michael as one of his peers would certainly have more knowledge than an insane Jackson fanatic spouting nonesense on the internet that doesn’t know Jackson personally. Everyone who knew Pedo Jacko knew he was a gay pedophile. Those closest, his family members and friends and some peers have suggested this.

Its obvious Pedo Jacko paid people off on that jury, as George Stated, there was much reported corruption in that jury box. A jury is supposed to comprise of neutral unbiased parties, yet it is well known there were at least 2 Jackson fanatics, one the foreman. Even so, many in that jury felt Pedo Jacko was guilty, but the atmosphere was so hostile and they were not allowed the option to disagree. Many said they thought the evidence showed Jacko guilty. Money was Jacko’s solution to all his troubles for his criminal behaviors.
Jacko was clearly a very rude person, and everything he did was always to benefit himself for his own gain. He was a huge NARCISSIST, and even his “charity” was phony,with his highly- televised ‘acts’ of charity. Sincere genuine people donate PRIVATELY to charity.
And like most pedophiles (Sandusky), pedo Jacko’s charity was an attempt to gain access to more children, as well as public trust. Typical pedophile behavior. Another reason Jacko was so PUBLIC with his ‘charity’.
Many famous people donate without all the pomp and hoopla Michael enjoyed following him around at hospitals for sick children.

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Fernanda (Guest)
5 years, 8 months ago

“his family members and friends and some peers have suggested this.”? Laughable! Now tell me a fairy-story with cowboys and aliens!

You are calling rude to a person to who you call through a racist nickname? Laughable!

“his highly- televised ‘acts’ of charity”? How many times have you watched that on national tv? So all that was fake and he received several awards and inclusive a distinction in 2000 of Guinness World Records? Laughable!

“And like most pedophiles (Sandusky), pedo Jacko’s charity was an attempt to gain access to more children, as well as public trust. Typical pedophile behavior.” Tell this to Dave Dave, a man who was burnt when he was a kid for his OWN father!!!! Tell this to Bela Farkas, a young man who was abandoned for his OWN parents, to who Michael Jackson paid his liver transplant surgery and now is a proud father of a little girl! Tell this to Jeanne Elaine Hale, mother of Ryan White!!! Get a life, ignorant racist… Nobody need your hate!!!

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KV (Guest)
5 years, 7 months ago

Sarah, you really have NO idea of what you are talking about …read facts woman and see there is nothing of what Michael is guilty of …those two slimery little bastards confess in the mean time …all they did was trying to get Money from Michael …when Michael refused that, they went to the police and made this whole story up ….
The only reason why Michael paid off the first case was because NO one could guarantee his freedom at that time …..what father or Mother would take money of the person who had sexual activity with their child??? I wouldn’t have taken a penny but just wanted to see this person HANG! (makes it already clear to me that these person were hungry for money and not for justice! those sick BASTARDS ruined his life!)

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Fernanda (Guest)
5 years, 8 months ago

The day that I had watched Mr. George Michael telling this lies in live TV, I would have believed this “blog” $**t! It is very pathetic of the blogger lie about three dead people (FM, FD and MJ) when he knows clearly that George Michael will never read this BS neither!

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KV (Guest)
5 years, 7 months ago

They’re not golden retrievers …those are Labradors !
I don’t believe a shit about this story …maybe everyone involved in this story as George, Steve Pafford, even Freddy Mercury couldn’t stand the fact Michael Jackson wasn’t gay ….asking myself again why Steve Pafford called Mister Jackson :Jacko? No wonder Michael hated the media ..I hate them too! …Read FACTS people, Not Rumors!