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Entertainment Elton John brands Michael Jackson 'mentally ill' and 'disturbing to be around' as he discusses the late pop star in his sensational new memoir

09:32  14 october  2019
09:32  14 october  2019 Source:   dailymail.co.uk

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Sir Elton John has branded late pop superstar Michael Jackson ' mentally ill ' and ' disturbing to be around ' in his new memoir , Me. British singer Elton , 72, developed a friendly relationship with Michael early on in his career, but has now admitted that over the years, he became concerned

Elton John says Michael Jackson came off as "genuinely mentally ill " late in life -- which left the Rocket Man himself believing the King of Pop had gone He was genuinely mentally ill , a disturbing person to be around ." Elton continues by describing a time he invited MJ to a party of his , claiming

Sir Elton John has branded late pop superstar Michael Jackson 'mentally ill' and 'disturbing to be around' in his new memoir, Me.

British singer Elton, 72, developed a friendly relationship with Michael early on in his career, but has now admitted that over the years, he became concerned about the way in which he started to 'sequester himself away from the world'.

He wrote: 'I’d known Michael since he was 13 or 14... He was just the most adorable kid you could imagine.

Elton John et al. posing for the camera: Memoir: Sir Elton John has branded late pop superstar Michael Jackson 'mentally ill' and 'disturbing to be around' in his new memoir, Me. Pictured together in 1978 © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Memoir: Sir Elton John has branded late pop superstar Michael Jackson 'mentally ill' and 'disturbing to be around' in his new memoir, Me. Pictured together in 1978

'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.'

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ELTON John has reportedly described the changes he saw in Michael Jackson during the singer's final years, branding the King of Pop " mentally ill " and a " disturbing person." The revelations come as the Rocket Man singer's new memoir , titled "Me," is set to be released on Tuesday, October 15.

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Elton 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.'

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He added: 'I don’t mean that in the light-hearted way. He was genuinely mentally ill, a disturbing person to be around.'

Elton John wearing a suit and tie: Concerns: Elton, 72, developed a friendly relationship with Michael early on in his career, but has now admitted that over the years, he became concerned about the star's reclusive ways © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Concerns: Elton, 72, developed a friendly relationship with Michael early on in his career, but has now admitted that over the years, he became concerned about the star's reclusive ways

Recalling a time he invited Michael to one of his parties, Elton claims the star wandered off and was found playing with his housekeeper's son, prompting Elton to surmise: 'For whatever reason, he couldn’t seem to cope with adult company at all.'

Michael suddenly of an overdose of sedatives administered by his personal physician, Conard Murray, in 2009.

This year, the star was posthumously accused of child sexual abuse by two men who were friends with him as youngsters in the documentary Finding Neverland.

Meanwhile, Elton's brother has hit back at the singer for vilifying their father in his new autobiography.

Michael Jackson et al. standing in front of a crowd: Strong words: Elton said of Michael, 'I don’t mean that in the light-hearted way. He was genuinely mentally ill, a disturbing person to be around' © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Strong words: Elton said of Michael, 'I don’t mean that in the light-hearted way. He was genuinely mentally ill, a disturbing person to be around'

The Your Song singer has claimed in his memoirs that his father, the late Stanley Dwight, failed to support his career choice, and never told him he loved or was proud of him.

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But Elton's half-brother Geoff, 53, has claimed the crooner only chooses to 'believe what he wants to believe' and that he seems to have suffered 'massive memory loss'.

'I don’t understand because my mum, my dad and me, we all went to see him as his guests in Liverpool,' Geoff told The Mirror. 'That was definitely a concert, my dad was definitely there, he was definitely playing and we definitely watched it. I was five.

'Either he has got massive memory loss and he genuinely thinks his dad hasn’t seen him in concert or maybe he wants to believe that.'

Elton John et al. posing for the camera: Tragic end: Michael suddenly of an overdose of sedatives administered by his personal physician, Conard Murray, in 2009. Pictured in 1990 © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Tragic end: Michael suddenly of an overdose of sedatives administered by his personal physician, Conard Murray, in 2009. Pictured in 1990

Elton writes in the book: 'I don’t recall [my father] ever coming to see me play live, or talking about music with him. What I was doing clearly wasn’t really his thing.'

He also claims that he was afraid of him. 

Geoff - who works as a carpenter and has a different mother to Elton, after Stanley split from first wife Sheila in 1962 and remarried second wife Edna and had four more sons with her - also insisted that Stanley was from a different generation, who were less generous with expressing their feelings.

[Elton] is playing the blame card. But our parents came from war, where men had to be men and women had to be women. It’s a different world,' Geoff said. 

a close up of a traffic light: Me: Elton John Official Autobiography by Elton John is published by Macmillan on October 15, £25. © Elton John 2019 © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Me: Elton John Official Autobiography by Elton John is published by Macmillan on October 15, £25. © Elton John 2019

''My dad... I can remember him saying "I love you" but it was on his deathbed. There were four of us brothers there – Elton wasn’t. I said "Dad, I love you". And he said, "Yes, love is what it is all about". That generation just didn’t express emotion in the same way we do now.

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'My dad was proud of him, you could see when Elton popped up on TV, his eyes lit up.'

Elton’s spokesman said: 'Elton stands by what he said in the book about his dad never seeing him perform.' 

Geoff spoke earlier this year about the way his father was portrayed in the film biopic Rocketman.

Focusing on Elton's life, Geoff insisted that the movie vilifies their dad yet again and told the Mail this summer: 'That's not the Dad I remember. Dad had a big heart and he loved us all equally. He was incredibly proud of Elton and everything that he achieved.'

After their father's death, Elton and Geoff lost touch. Geoff chooses to lead an alternative lifestyle in the small town of Ruthin in North Wales, where he hand-makes yurts and harps and organises music festivals.

a man wearing sunglasses: Anticipated tome: The star makes a series of sensational revelations in his anticipated memoir © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Anticipated tome: The star makes a series of sensational revelations in his anticipated memoir

If you or anyone you know is suffering from depression, call Lifeline on 13 11 14, Beyondblue on 1300 22 4636, or Kids Helpline on 1800 55 1800.


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