Elton John describes Michael Jackson as ‘genuinely mentally ill, a disturbing person to be around’

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Sir Elton John has come under fire for describing the late Michael Jackson as “mentally ill” in his new memoir.

The 72-year-old pop superstar revealed in his new autobiography “Me” that he thought Jackson was “a disturbing person to be around,” which has raised the ire of fans of the late singer who died of an overdose in 2009.

“I’d known Michael since he was 13 or 14 … He was just the most adorable kid you could imagine,” John wrote in the sensational memoir, which comes out Tuesday and was excerpted by Daily Mail.

“But at some point in the intervening years, he started sequestering himself away from the world, and away from reality the way Elvis Presley did,” he continued.

“God knows what was going on in his head, and God knows what prescription drugs he was being pumped full of, but every time I saw him in his later years I came away thinking the poor guy had totally lost his marbles,” John recalled. “‘I don’t mean that in the light-hearted way. He was genuinely mentally ill, a disturbing person to be around.”

The “Rocket Man” star noted a time when he had invited Jackson for lunch in the ’90s and his makeup appeared to have been applied by a “maniac.”

“The poor guy looked awful, really frail and ill,” John wrote, adding that Jackson’s nose was “covered with a sticking plaster.”

John revealed that at some point, the “Thriller” singer had wandered off “without a word” and was later found  “quietly playing games” with the 11-year-old son of John’s housekeeper.

“For whatever reason, he couldn’t seem to cope with adult company at all,” John wrote.

Though he died a decade ago, Jackson was accused of sexual abuse in “Leaving Neverland: Michael Jackson and Me.” Wade Robson and James Safechuck who, as children, were invited to the singer’s ranch, detailed their experiences in the explosive documentary.

Despite the bombshell allegations, “MJ: The Musical” is reportedly set to open on Broadway in New York next summer.

Jackson, who would have turned 61 this past August, died from a deadly dose of prescription drugs given to him by his personal physician, Conrad Murray, who was convicted of manslaughter in 2011. The singer’s 21-year-old daughter, Paris, was reportedly hospitalized in March after an alleged suicide attempt.

Fans of the late pop legend slammed Elton John for his criticism of Jackson, which he had never shared publicly in the past. Many accused John of sensationalizing in an effort to boost sales for his tell-all memoir which also reportedly includes revelations about other stars, as well as his relationship with Princess Diana.


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