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Michael Jackson: ‘I just wanted to be loved’

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A few years ago, Rabbi Shmuley Boteach spent over 40 hours interviewing Michael Jackson for a book he was planning to write. Those conversations revealed just how lonely Michael had become.

I am going to say something I have never said before and this is the truth. I have no reason to lie to you and God knows I am telling the truth. I think all my success and fame, and I have wanted it, I have wanted it because I wanted to be loved. That’s all. That’s the real truth. I wanted people to love me, truly love me, because I never really felt loved.

I said I know I have an ability. Maybe if I sharpened my craft, maybe people will love me more. I just wanted to be loved because I think it is very important to be loved and to tell people that you love them and to look in their eyes and say it.

Wherever he is now, I hope he is surrounded by the most intense love he has ever experienced.

3 thoughts on “Michael Jackson: ‘I just wanted to be loved’

  1. Red-in-Phoenix says:

    This is so sad and it just confirms for me that the lost look in Michael’s eyes was crying out for love and an end to the loneliness. Maybe this is why he is beloved by so many people. There are so many silently lonely people in this world with that same look of sadness and loneliness who never come out and ask to be loved. I know I saw the look in his eyes and felt this connection with him, like he felt what I felt, lots of love around but never really feeling that you are loved. This is such a tragedy, I just can’t get over it.

  2. Yolanda Rosales says:

    I will always love you Michael. I miss you still. Not a day goes by that I you don’t enter my thoughts. God rest your soul and always know that you were loved, even if from afar by millions, of which I am one. Amor Eterno Yolibird

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