(L-R) Bill Whitfield, Javon Beard

(L-R) Bill Whitfield, Javon Beard

This article on Michael Jackson was essentially written by Bill Whitfield and Javon Beard (Authors of Remember the Time: Protecting Michael Jackson in His Final Days) EURThisNThat/EURweb was granted exclusive permission to publish it. Look forward to our exclusive interview with the authors.

*For the last two and a half years of Michael Jackson’s life, we had the privilege of serving as his personal Las Vegas security team. The man we worked for and got to know — a kind and generous person and a loving father — was completely different from the cartoonish figure that the tabloids made him out to be. Here’s just a few of the things we learned that we think might surprise you:

1. Mr. Jackson had at least two secret girlfriends who lived abroad. We met them when they flew in to visit him during his summer vacation on a horse farm in Middleburg, Virginia. He kept their presence a secret from his family, his managers, even his children. We were the only two privy to their arrival, and even we were never told their real names; he referred to them only as “Friend” and “Flower.”

2. Michael Jackson may have been the King of Pop, but in his private time he listened almost exclusively to classical music. Bach, Beethoven, Tchaikovsky — that was the soundtrack running in his car and his house all the time.

3. Too famous to leave his house very often, Michael Jackson was a huge reader. He devoured books on history, art, science, you name it, often dropping five thousand dollars on a single trip to Barnes & Noble. In a 2007 visit to Los Angeles, he found a used book store he liked so much that he bought it for $100,000 cash on the spot and had the entire collection hauled back to his Las Vegas home.

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