Michael Jackson had a voice that charmed many and earned him the accolade of the King of Pop. The man left a legacy and memories that have outlasted him and will probably be remembered for eons to come.
He did this with his awesome stage presence and a high-pitched voice that could literally seduce a snake from a moth hole. It is now emerging that his soft-spoken manner was a direct result of his father Joe allegedly forcing him to undergo ‘chemical castration’ when he was just 13 in a bid to delay puberty and keep his singing voice high.
Doctor Conrad Murray – who was convicted of the star’s involuntary manslaughter – claimed Jackson told him he’d been given hormone injections as a teenager, but made him swear never to tell anyone.
Murray, 67, first made the claims in his 2016 self-published book, “This Is It! The Secret Lives of Dr Conrad Murray and Michael Jackson.”
He wrote: “I often saw Jackson at his most exposed and confessional. He only agreed to share after making me swear, ‘You will never breathe a word. Never.’
“I agreed. I was shocked when Jackson told me. It would explain all of Michael’s unusual behaviour as well as his morphological changes.”
Murray – who served four years for administering the fatal mix of propofol and other sedatives that killed Jackson in June 2009 but maintains his innocence – later branded Joe ‘one of the worst fathers in history’.
However, Jackson’s good friends Liza Minnelli and David Gest once contradicted his account, letting slip that the star had a second, secret voice.
“I think people don’t know the real him. He doesn’t talk like [that],” the David told US chat show host Larry King in 2002.
Like everyone else, Liza believed his high-pitched tone was real and said she got a shock when she picked up the phone one night and heard him talking to husband David in his real voice.
“I was there one day when someone asked him about Gloria Allred, the attorney that has sort of dogged him and turned around in one foul swoop and said ‘She can go to hell’ in this big, deep masculine voice.”
And Good Morning Britain host Piers Morgan corroborated her story, claiming the star once let his secret tones slip during a telephone interview.