After years of iconic success, then years of turmoil immediately prior to his death in June 2009, the King of Pop is back on top. Five years after his passing his estate is flourishing allowing his three children, Paris, Prince and Blanket, to enjoy an allowance of $8 Million a year and his posthumous album “Xscape” has sold over 300,000 copies since it’s release on May 13, 2014.
Michael had a lot of issues but other than the accusations of child molestation, most of which have been rescinded or he was acquitted of, you rarely heard anyone speak bad of him. It’s been said that even in the midst of his controversial life he remained a class act. When speaking with The Telegraph recently about their book “Remember the Time: Protecting Michael Jackson In His Final Days” his former bodyguards, Bill Whitfield and Javon Beard spoke about how thoughtful MJ was regardless of his stature and how he just wanted to be with his kids and be normal.
On His Thoughfulness
“Guarding Michael Jackson was like guarding the president,” said Beard, 35 who would play basketball with his boss. “There was no-one more famous and we had a motto that nothing would happen on our watch. He was a good boss. He was really thoughtful and would ask about my family”
On His Love for His Children
“He loved being with the kids. They were like four siblings and they were pretty much all that each other knew. He was a great dad, you would hear “I love you” so much. But it was sometimes sad to see that it was just the four of them, it wasn’t like there were family and friends around, just sometimes his mom.”
“Sometimes he would come with us and the kids to a park with child swings, and he would have to sit in the car because if he got out there would be chaos. That was really hard for a father to watch them having fun and not be able to be with them.”
On Michael Wanting to Be Normal
“He just wanted to turn off that fame. He told me ‘I just want to be able to walk into a bar and have a beer. I want to go to the grocery store with the kids.’ He was just fighting to be normal.”
As enormous as his talent was, it seemed like the King of Pop just wanted to be normal.
I’ve always believed that how we conduct ourselves in the face of adversity is indicative of who were are on the inside. I also believe that one of the rewards for being an honorable person and living an honorable life is peace and freedom after death. His legacy is in tact and his children are taken care of and without debt. I truly feel that the King of Pop is reaping the rewards of being an honorable man and living an honorable life.