“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
“I never thought I’d be here today. This is my little brother over there (in the casket) and you just don’t think that you’re going to … live to see him gone. But he will never really be gone. He is going to live forever and ever and ever and ever.
The world will never, ever forget Michael Jackson. I love you my brother. I celebrate your life. I’m proud I had the chance to know you.”
Smokey Robinson – singer
“I am trying to find closure, I want you to know that even though I am not there at the Staples Center. I am there in my heart.
I have decided to pause and be silent. This feels right for me. Michael was a personal love of mine, a treasured part of my world, part of the fabric of my life in a way that I can’t seem to find words to express.
Michael wanted me to be there for his children, and I will be there if they ever they need me. I hope, today brings closure for all those who loved him. Thank you Katherine and Joe for sharing your son with the world and with me. I send my love and condolences to the Jackson family.”
Diana Ross – singer
(Read by Smokey Robinson at the Michael Jackson Memorial Service)
Diana Ross and Michael Jackson New York City, Sept. 28, 1977
Ciara got emotional in a press conference after the BET 09 Awards Michael Jackson tribute.
“He was the greatest entertainer of all time, bottom line – there’s no one who can compare to him, there’s no one who’s had over 40 years of music in them from a child on up to being a 50-year-old and about to go on a world tour”
Queen Latifah – rapper, singer, actress
“Michael Jackson will be remembered, most likely, as a shattered icon, a pop genius who wound up a mutant of fame. That’s not who I will remember, however. His mixture of mystery, isolation, indulgence, overwhelming global fame, and personal loneliness was intimately known to me. For twenty years I observed every aspect, and as easy as it was to love Michael – and to want to protect him – his sudden death yesterday seemed almost fated.”
Deepak Chopra – author, physician