SIR Elton John felt sorry for Michael Jackson in his later years - because the THRILLER star was a "damaged" man who spent a lot of time alone.
The Rocket Man became close friends with Jackson in the 1980s and would often see him at concerts with Elizabeth Taylor.
But he was sad to see the decline in Jackson's personality in more recent years, insisting the legendary singer put himself under too much pressure to better his record-breaking achievements in music.
Sir Elton tells Britain's Daily Telegraph, "(Michael was) charming, sweet, lovely - but damaged. He came down (to my home) and we closed all the curtains and had lunch. He said it was the first time he'd sat down and had a meal with people for 10 years. He would always eat on his own.
"Fame infantilises people. You don't ever grow up. But thank God, I did... I remember talking to Michael once when he did Thriller and I said, 'How are you going to top that?' He said, 'Oh, the next one's going to do twice as much', and I thought, 'Michael, it's not. You can't. You put so much pressure on yourself'."