London: Michael Jackson had a secret fling with Whitney Houston at the peak of her fame and even dreamt of getting married to her, it has been revealed. The King of Pop is said tp have fallen in love with the diva after a series of romps at his Neverland ranch and never got over her when she ended it.
Their sensational affair came six years after Houston slept with his older brother Jermaine. The passion between two of the world’s most tragic stars is among a string of revelations about Jackson’s crazed life.
Jacko’s British bodyguard, who spoke to him three days before his death, last night lifted the lid on his most intimate secrets in a world exclusive interview on Saturday.
“I loved Michael so much but I finally feel it’s time to get everything that horrified and upset me over the years off my chest,” a leading daily has quoted multi-millionaire martial arts master Matt Fiddes as saying.
“I also know this affair will end all the myths that Michael was some kind of child molester — he was a straight man,” he said.
Fiddes also told how the late singer was impotent for years because of his huge intake of drugs and booze, was a nazi sympathiser who needed psychiatric “re-programming”, a desperate attention-seeker, haunted by baldness, anorexic and riddled with needle marks he dismissed as “spider bites”.
“One of the many stories that has never been told about Michael is that he had an ultra-secret affair with Whitney Houston that he never got over. He was furious when he heard she had also slept with Jermaine but this didn’t stop him holding a candle for her his whole life,” Fiddes said.
The 32-year-old said that Michael and Whitney met in 1991, when they were both global superstars. Jacko, then 33, had just renewed his recording contract with Sony for a record 40 million pounds.
Whitney, yet to spiral into crack cocaine addiction, was 28 and riding high on the worldwide success of her debut album which shifted 25 million copies and contained mammoth hits including ‘Saving All My Love For You’ and ‘How Will I Know’.
“They met because they were two of the biggest recording artists on the planet and mixing in the same circles. They instantly connected as kindred spirits because they understood each other’s massive fame. Whitney practically moved in to Michael’s ranch and they had a fling like any other young couple. But Michael said later he had always hoped the relationship had gone further, and I know he dreamed of marrying her,” he said.
The love affair only lasted two weeks but Jacko never forgot his love for Whitney. A year later she was married to Bobby Brown – the man some blamed for sending her into a downward spiral of addiction. But ten years later Michael and Whitney had a tearful reunion at the 2001 concerts at New York’s Madison Square Garden to celebrate his 30 years in pop.
“They were both a mess, to be honest. They shared what would be their final hugs and Michael begged Whitney to get off the drugs that were destroying her life. The two of them whispered that they loved each other as they hugged. The emotion was written all over their faces,” he said.
Michael embraced Whitney at the show despite his bitterness over her year-long affair with his older brother before they met. Jermaine, now 57, had his fling from 1984 to 85, though he was married to Hazel Gordy, daughter of Motown founder Berry. Michael and Whitney then went on to die in horrifically similar circumstances — alone and hooked on drugs.