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.