New book claims Jackson had gay lovers

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MAN IN THE CLOSET?
New book claims Jackson had gay lovers
A BOOK rushed out after the death of Michael Jackson has offered a sensational claim – that the King of Pop was gay.
15 July 2009

A BOOK rushed out after the death of Michael Jackson has offered a sensational claim – that the King of Pop was gay.

Another claim has it that he dressed up as a woman to meet his lovers.

According to New York Daily News (NYDN), these were the most sensational nuggets in the book ‘Unmasked: The Final Years of Michael Jackson’, penned by celebrity biographer Ian Halperin obtained by In Touch magazine.

None of the sources seemed to be verifiable as Halperin did not name them.

The book stated that Jackson would sneak out of his home at midnight dressed as a woman to meet his male lover.

According to The Sun, the book goes further in its claims to say: ‘Virtually everybody has told me. Even those who are his most ardent defenders, people who maintain he is innocent of the molestation charges, insist that he is homosexually-inclined.’

No names were referenced. Halperin claimed the star once picked up a construction worker in Las Vegas and swore him to secrecy.

The book states: ‘The lover admitted Michael made him sign a confidentiality agreement.’

This was one of two of the star’s alleged lovers that Halperin claims to have tracked down, said The Sun.

The construction worker, described as half-Asian by the Daily Telegraph, claimed Jackson was ‘madly in love’ with him and they met at motels.

The unauthorised biographer wrote that Jackson’s affair with the builder, in his early 20s, began in Las Vegas in 2007.

Said Halperin: ‘He rarely left his residence, but when he did, according to one of Jackson’s closest confidants, it was to meet a boyfriend at a run-down motel.

‘Michael would leave the house in disguise, often dressed as a woman, and would go to meet his boyfriend at a motel that was one of Vegas’ grungiest dives. Michael was broke. He struggled to put food on the table for his children. It was all he could afford then.’

The other lover Halperin claims to have spoken with is a waiter and aspiring actor, ‘Lawrence’.

The actor boasted that he met Jackson almost every night for three weeks at his Hollywood Hills home in a short but passionate affair.

Lawrence was quoted saying: ‘He was very shy.’

In his book, Halperin asserts that Jackson’s ex-wife Lisa Marie Presley and galpals like Brooke Shields and Tatum O’Neal were his cover.

An ‘insider’ told him that Jackson never had sex with second wife Debbie Rowe, so ‘none of Jackson’s three kids are his biological children’.

The author contends that Jackson is no paedophile and may be a blackmail victim.

He claims to have documents proving Jackson’s nervous insurance company forced him to pay millions to a teen who accused the singer of molesting him, said NYDN.

Sexuality questioned

Jackson’s sexuality was a subject of debate as early as 1979, said The Sun. The star’s long-term friend J Randy Taraborrelli had then asked him whether he was gay.

Jackson replied: ‘No, I am not gay. I am not a homo. I’m not going to have a nervous breakdown because people think I like having sex with men.’

Halperin also claims in his book that Jackson knew he was doomed and warned daughter Paris, 11, he was going to die early.

The book maintains that, despite reports he was fit for the series of exhausting O2 gigs, he himself was sure he would not survive it.

Halperin also revealed an aide told him: ‘Someone wants him dead. They keep feeding him pills like candy.’

Meantime, the Daily Telegraph quoted Halperin as saying that Jackson’s father, Joe, has already offered recording contracts to two of the star’s children.

Joe had said Paris had shown promise as a performer while the youngest of the three children, nicknamed Blanket, was a good dancer.

Said Halperin: ‘Now he (Joe) is talking about getting them the world’s best backing band and taking them on tour as The Jackson Three.’

Such allegations are not likely to end as more stories emerge about the man and the mystery surrounding his death from a sudden cardiac arrest on 25 June.

An AP report said that in his final days, Jackson was painted as a robust and active man, or dangerously thin and frail, or begging for access to powerful prescription drugs. Or showing no signs of ever having used them.

Which is true? Who do you believe?

It depends on who’s talking.

This dizzying collection of puzzle pieces about Jackson and his health and habits will continue for a month pending a toxicology report determining the cause.

And as each nugget of information surfaces, each will likely fuel further speculation. None is sure to produce a satisfying conclusion, for now.

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