Michael Jackson used to go out in disguises to avoid being spotted
The Jacksons were interviewed by the Guardian recently and discussed the high cost of fame, none higher than losing brother Michael to an accidental overdose in 2009. Among their chat, which can be found here
, comes the detail that Michael found going out in public so difficult thanks to constant recognition, that he took to disguises to sneak around.
Marlon explained “…it was difficult for him. Very difficult for him. It’s mind-boggling. If Michael just stepped outside, in a couple of seconds people would stop doing what they are doing. That’s why he started wearing disguises.”
And what disguises? Michael wasn’t precious about it. Here’s Marlon explaining what happened when he stumbled upon Michael in a record shop: “I walked up behind him and whispered in his ear: ‘Michael, what you doing here?’… He was dressed as a bum. His clothes were dirty, he had bucked teeth, he had an afro, his shoes were dirty, his shirt was torn, but he’s buying all these excellent records.
“I said to him: ‘Another thing gave you away, Michael, you wear the same shoes all the time!’ They were the same loafers he wore on stage.”
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