The New York Post hears that last week, Michael Jackson and his three children, Prince, Paris and Blanket, stayed at the Beverly Hills home of his longtime friend, supermarket billionaire Ron Burkle. “The whole family has been hiding out,” a source told Page Six. “They were holed up in Burkle’s place behind the Beverly Hills Hotel. They even refused to come out of their rooms and hid when Burkle had guests over.” The story at nypost.com has since been removed.
Will Michael Jackson Sign With Starbucks?
November 15, 2007 – Sources over at the Chinese eatery Mr. K’s on Lexington Avenue in New York City tell Roger Friedman of FoxNews.com that Michael and his lawyer Peter Lopez have been meeting with various executives in a bid to restart the singer’s career. Jackson expressed interest in doing business with Starbucks’ Hear Music label, according to a source. “He said, ‘My friend Paul McCartney did that’,” claimed the tipster, despite the widespread belief the Beatles legend does not consider him a friend after Jacko bought the Beatles song catalog out from underneath him 20 years ago. Read more.
Rabbi Shmuley Boteach Fears Britney Is Copying Jacko
November 15, 2007 – Rabbi Shmuley Boteach spoke with FoxNews.com’s Pop Tarts about his continued concern for Britney Spears, and his fear that the singer is on a fast track to follow another troubled pop star he’s dealt with personally, Michael Jackson. “Britney has been out and about shopping for lots of things from chandeliers to expensive clothes, using material objects to make up for what is missing in her life very much the same way Michael did when he was buying big properties and giraffes,” Boteach explained. “I worked with Michael intensively, and I managed to get him to stop spending for six months. Michael came very close to death, and I fear for Britney in the same way. Both of them seem to be spitting in the face of the talent they are blessed with and are showing us that they don’t really want to be helped. What concerns me is that it took Jackson a good 20 years to deteriorate, but Britney has done it in just three or four.” Read more.
Friedman: Jacko Poised To Lose Neverland, Despite Bain’s Denials
November 9, 2007 – Roger Friedman of FoxNews.com is reacting to Michael’s publicist, Raymone Bain issuing the following statement on Thursday, “Contrary to published reports, Mr. Jackson was never in default of the loan. Mr. Jackson is in the final stages of refinance and will not lose Neverland Valley Ranch.” The columnist who writes about Jacko in about 25% of his columns responded, “Ms. Bain is not only incorrect. She is actually lying. She is prevaricating. The State of California, Santa Barbara County will be happy to show her Default notice docketed #2007-0074509. Maybe she hasn’t been truthful with her client, Michael Jackson.” Friedman also blasted Ebony magazine for their softball cover story featuring the troubled singer. Read more.
Michael Jackson: I Haven’t Changed Much Since The ‘Thriller’ Era
November 7, 2007 – In a cover story for Ebony magazine’s December issue, Michael insists he hasn’t changed much since releasing ‘Thriller’ nearly 25 years ago. “That Michael is probably the same Michael here,” he said. “I just wanted to get certain things accomplished first. But I always had this tug in the back of my head, the things I wanted to do, to raise children, have children. I’m enjoying it very much.”