“I’m here representing millions of fans around the world who grew up listening to Michael, being inspired and loving Michael from a distance. … Somehow when Michael Jackson sang and when he danced we never felt distant. Michael was the biggest star on Earth. … we felt he was right there. … He made you believe in yourself.”
Queen Latifah – signer, actress
“Whenever we were out together and a picture was taken there would be a caption of some kind, and the caption usually said something like, ‘an odd couple’ or ‘an unlikely pair.’ But but to us it was the most natural and easiest of friendships.
“I was 13 when we met and from that day on our friendship grew. Michael always knew he could count on me to support him or be his date, and that we would have fun no matter where we were. We had a bond.”
“Michael always knew he could count on me to support him or be his date. … We had a bond and maybe it was because we both understood what it was like to be in the spotlight from a very, very young age. I used to tease him and say, `I started when I was 11 months old. You’re a slacker. You were like 5?’ Both of us needed to be adults very early, but when we were together, we were two little kids having fun. … M.J.’s laugh was the sweetest and purest of anyone I’ve known.”
Brooke Shields – actress and former girlfriend
Michael Jackson & Brooke Shields
“When he did his iconic moonwalk, I was shocked. It was magic. Michael Jackson went into orbit and never came down. Though it ended way too soon, Michael’s life was beautiful. Sure there was some sad times and maybe some questionable decisions on his part, but Michael Jackson accomplished everything he dreamed of.
The more I think about Michael and talk about Michael the more I think that ‘King of Pop’ is not good enough. I think he is simply the greatest entertainer that ever lived.”
Berry Gordy – founder of Motown
Berry Gordy, Michael Jackson and Suzanne de Passe