- Michael Jackson secretly recorded his rants about Prince in 1988
- He said Prince was “mean, nasty and rude”
- He also ranted about his own family
In a series of tapes secretly recorded 30 years ago, Michael Jackson revealed his thoughts about his supposed-rival Prince, who he also claimed would kill himself one day and die prematurely.
Both of the rivaling pop icons died of drug-related causes — Jackson in 2009, and Prince in April this year.
A newly published transcripts of recordings taped in 1988 for Jackson’s autobiography, ‘Moonwalker’, surfaced and in it, the late pop star had nothing but scathing things to say about the ‘Purple Rain’ hit maker, as per an article published by Mirror.
“I don’t like to be compared to Prince at all,” Jackson said.
“I have proven myself since I was real little. It’s not fair. He feels like I’m his opponent. I hope he changes because boy, he’s gonna get hurt. He’s the type that might commit suicide or something,” the King of Pop ranted.
He added: “He was so rude, one of rudest people I have ever met. Prince is very competitive. He has been very mean and nasty to my family.”
Jackson said that Prince was “starstruck” when the two first met, but that he changed once he found greater fame.
“He made a fool of himself. He was a joke. People were running and screaming,” Jackson said, recounting the time Prince mistook a prop lamppost for a real one at a 1983 James Brown tribute show in Los Angeles and fell into the crowd.
The late pop star’s own family was not spared in these tapes, as per an article published by Daily Mail.
Jackson called his brothers Randy “hardheaded”, Jackie “negative”, and Jermaine “talented but lacking self-confidence”.
He claimed that his sister LaToya was weird and that Janet was a tomboy.
Jackson also stressed his resentment towards his emotionless father Joe.