Psychic Uri Geller can understand why pop superstar Michael Jackson terminated their friendship - putting it down to the singer's need to put his "past troubles behind him."
The performer became a close friend of the Thriller hitmaker throughout the 1990s. But the pair has not spoken since Jackson's 2005 child abuse trial, in which the star was eventually cleared.
And Geller is convinced the superstar needed a fresh start when all his legal troubles were over.
He says, "We've never had a harsh word, and I am still deeply fond of him. But I appreciate he needs to put his past troubles behind him. If that means severing old friendships, I can understand how he feels. I suspect his survival depended on starting afresh."