Michael Jackson’s tragic real-life story
After parting ways with his brothers and their family band, The Jackson 5, Michael Jackson embarked on an impressive solo career that peaked when his 1982 album, Thriller, became the best-selling album of all time. He declared himself the King of Pop, and through the decades, he continued to perform top-grossing concerts, smash music records, and dominate the charts. His sudden and controversial death in 2009 has not dimmed his notoriety.
Despite his success as an international music icon, it was Jackson’s private life and odd behavior that frequently made headlines. There were rumors and allegations about Jackson suffering emotional and physical abuse as a child, and he also became embroiled in a child molestation lawsuit that cast him as the perpetrator. The superstar’s admitted shyness hindered his personal relationships and left others to seemingly tell his story for him. Though he became one of the most famous celebrities in the world with legions of adoring fans, his life was far from ideal. This is the tragic real-life story of Michael Jackson.