An interview Michael Jackson had Piers Morgan a decade ago shows him saying he would ‘kill himself’ if it wasn’t for his relationship with children.
The late Pop icon is currently having his legacy dragged in mud after HBO released a documentary titled Leaving Neverland which details accusations from two men who say he sexually abused them when they were boys.
Both men, Wade Robinson and James Safechuck are seen with the singer in the pictures above when they were young.
Speaking in the interview with Piers Morgan, Michael Jackson said:
‘If it wasn’t for children I would throw in the towel, I would kill myself, I wouldn’t care to live.
‘They give me my inspiration, they give me…they inspire me. Everything I do, every song I write, the dance, everything I do. They try to use it against me and it’s just been so unfair and I’m very upset.’
When asked about claims that he abused children, he replied:
‘I would slit my wrists before I would. I could never – ever.’
Speaking on Good Morning Britain, Piers said:
‘I never knew what happened to the tape of that interview, I knew there was one but I couldn’t find it.
‘Someone has saved it on the internet. There was some extraordinary stuff.’
After playing it, he said:
‘I remember when I wrote about it at the time I said who knows where the truth lies with Michael Jackson.
‘There had already been court cases involving abuse of children which had been settled, the families involved had taken millions of dollars which muddies the waters in terms of credibility.
‘However, this new documentary is gathering a lot of steam.”In light of that, if you look at it with a cynical eye, that tape, maybe he was playing us the whole time?’
‘Maybe he was a serial abuser and he used this love of children and the way he spoke about them as a cover story. If that is true, what a horrifying revelation to reach ourselves 10 years after his death.,’ said Piers.
‘The most relevant part for me is him crying “if it wasn’t for children I would kill myself.” Was it beautiful or was it horrific? That’s the big unanswered question as he’s not here to defend himself.’