The two bodyguards who spent the last two-and-a-half years of Michael Jackson's life with him have come forward to tell their side of the story.
Michael Jackson’s bodyguards, Bill Whitfield and Javon Beard, have written a book giving their account of the final years of Jackson’s life. The two men spent two-and-a-half years working for Jackson, even continuing out of loyalty once he could no longer afford to pay them. They insist that Jackson was a good father and a good man: “We worked for Mr Jackson. We didn’t work for the King of Pop. We got to see him as a man and a father. It was so good to see the side of him which was so in tune as a parent, from helping them with their homework and making sure they were eating right, to putting them to bed.”
Michael Jackson, also known as the King of Pop, died in 2009
They address the rumour that had dogged Jackson in the years leading up to his death and that has lingered since - that he was a paedophile. Both Whitfield and Beard deny that Jackson was sexually attracted to children, instead claiming he had two secret affairs with women. While they deny that Jackson was a paedophile, they do admit he was eccentric: “He was certainly eccentric…He would go into a store and buy everything. When we stayed in hotels he would buy thousands of books. At one point, he bought a whole bookstore.”
Brush up on your knowledge of La Toya Jackson the middle child of the Jackson clan
La Toya Jackson is back in the spotlight. The elder sibling of Michael and Janet has just announced her engagement to manager Jeffré Phillips and is about to begin season two of her reality series 'Life With La Toya'. La Toya has had her fair share of ups and downs over the years, but thanks to her famous surname, she’s never strayed too far from the public eye. Here’s 10 things you might not know about the middle Jackson child.
La Toya has recently become engaged to her manager
1. La Toya was born on May 29th 1956 to Joseph and Katherine Jackson. She was the fifth of ten Jackson children and shares a birthday with sister Rebbie, who is six years older.
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La Toya Jackson has confirmed that she is engaged to her long-term business partner and best friend, Jeffre Phillips.
La Toya Jackson has been secretly engaged to her business partner Jeffre Phillips since August last year. 58 year old La Toya, who is the fifth child of the famous Jackson family, of whom Michael Jackson was a member, has announced plans to wed Phillips, who popped the question in Hawaii.
La Toya Jackson has confirmed her engagement to friend and manager Jeffre Phillips, pictured above
La Toya was said to have been totally surprised by the proposal so she didn’t shout “YES!” immediately. She explained, “I had no clue. I couldn’t understand why he was so nervous.” Jackson is said to be head over heels for Phillips who she describes as her “best friend”: “I was in total shock. We’re best friends and we’ve been business partners forever. It was always professional - no one really crossed those boundaries.”
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