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Post by Just_Peachy » Fri Aug 29, 2008 2:20 am

He first became a star as a young boy, then endured superstardom, scandals and a legal prosecution, but as he turns 50, Michael Jackson told "Good Morning America" in an exclusive interview, he is "having a wonderful time, just relaxing."

Speaking by phone from his home in California, at times so softly he was barely audible, Jackson said he was listening to James Brown and preparing for his 50th birthday Friday, when he will "just have a little cake with my children and we'll probably watch some cartoons" -- before he gets right back to work.

Watch "Good Morning America" Friday at 7 a.m. ET for more on this exclusive interview.

Does turning 50 mean he now has an AARP card?

"Not that I know of!" Jackson said, laughing. "You never know. They can find you wherever you are."

He said he still can do all his famous dance moves and "more."

"I feel very wise and sage, but at the same time very young," he said.

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Aww, I think that's so sweet that he wants to just sit at home with his children and eat cake and watch cartoons! I can see it now: MJ and his kids curled up in their p.j.'s watching looney toones or something LOL. That's adorable! I can't wait to see the broadcast for this... :)
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Post by Just_Peachy » Fri Aug 29, 2008 2:23 am

I also found it interesting that they said he was "Speaking from his home, in California." I wonder if this means he's back at Neverland?! Hmm... I hope so! He needs his personal space (home. Although he considers it "not his home any longer," It's still nice to return to a place you were familiar with for so long).
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Post by Mack Dogg » Fri Aug 29, 2008 2:49 am

If Mike just give us an album, and a world tour. Negative press won't faze him. That said Happy 50th Birthday Mike!
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Post by Irish Flower » Fri Aug 29, 2008 10:39 am

Just saw the video on another board. Michael sounding great, positive and happy and relaxed. Happy Birthday Michael!!!


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http://abcnews.go.com/GMA/MichaelJackso ... id=5680705

Michael Jackson: 'I Feel ... Very Young' at 50

Speaks Exclusively to 'GMA' About His Past, His Future, His Dreams for His Children

By CHRIS CONNOLLY and MICHAEL S. JAMES

Aug. 28, 2008

He first became a star as a young boy, then endured superstardom, scandals and a legal prosecution, but as he turns 50, Michael Jackson told "Good Morning America" in an exclusive interview, he is "having a wonderful time, just relaxing."

Speaking by phone from his home in California, at times so softly he was barely audible, Jackson said he was listening to James Brown and preparing for his 50th birthday Friday, when he will "just have a little cake with my children and we'll probably watch some cartoons" -- before he gets right back to work.

Watch "Good Morning America" Friday at 7 a.m. ET for more on this exclusive interview.

Does turning 50 mean he now has an AARP card?

"Not that I know of!" Jackson said, laughing. "You never know. They can find you wherever you are."

He said he still can do all his famous dance moves and "more."

"I feel very wise and sage, but at the same time very young," he said.

Reflecting back, Jackson said the happiest time in his life was probably when he was recording his hit solo albums "Thriller," released in 1982, and "Off the Wall," released in 1979. Those albums -- which were accompanied by a string of hit singles and videos and corresponded with the 1983 debut of his signature dance, the "moonwalk" -- propelled him to the height of his stardom.

"That meant very much to me and seemed to be received so beautifully by the public and the world," he said. "I enjoyed it very much."

Asked to pick a single song as his greatest achievement, Jackson went back to the same period.

"Oh boy, that's a hard one," he said, before singling out "We Are the World," "Billie Jean" and "Thriller."

But Jackson was not content to rest on his laurels, saying, "I am still looking forward to doing a lot of great things."

He hopes to release new music and tour, though he doesn't have dates set.

"I am writing all the time," he said. "I love composing and the whole thing. But I am also raising my children and enjoying it and teaching them to ride bicycles and how to read. I love it."

He said he hopes to "be myself" in his future work, but also that he is "inspired by many great artists," noting he wished he could have worked with Brown or Fred Astaire.

He sees his influence in some of today's artists, specifically mentioning Chris Brown.

He said he sacrificed his childhood with "a lot of hard work," and that he remembers "giving up your life for the medium."

But he'd do it all again.

"I think I would," he said. "It is very much worth it. I have always loved show business and have always enjoyed making people happy through that medium. I love the celebration of music and dance and art. I just love it."

Asked if he'd like his two sons and daughter to have the same sort of upbringing as him, he said he'd prefer to let them "enjoy their childhood as much as possible."

"I let them go to the arcade and go to the movies and do things," he said. "I want them to get to do the kind of things I didn't get to do. So, I fill them with a lot of enjoyment that way -- a lot of amusement. You know?

"I get pretty emotional when I see them having a wonderful time," he added, "when they are on a ride and they are screaming and they are happy. ... It makes me emotional, 'cause I see they are having a real good time."

Jackson said his kids "love music ... they are very much into the arts," but that, "I don't push them."

If he could go back and give himself some advice at age 9 or 10, the approximate age of his oldest children, he would advise himself, "if you are going to do it, commit yourself, know your craft and be really involved." He'd say to be strong and to have "rhinoceros skin" when it comes to dealing with the pressures of fame.

Perhaps Jackson learned to have a thick skin after enduring years of controversies.

Born Aug. 29, 1958, in gritty Gary, Ind., Jackson rose to fame as the youngest member of the brother act, The Jackson 5. The group released its first single on the Motown label in 1969, when Jackson was 11 years old, and enjoyed a string of hits in the early 1970s.

The group eventually became known as The Jacksons, and Jackson also had hits as a child solo artist and actor.

Jackson's adult musical career took off with "Off the Wall," and eventually, he became such a superstar that he adopted the moniker, "the king of pop."

But Jackson also developed a reputation for eccentricity. He often was seen wearing a surgical mask in public, and his appearance changed and his skin complexion seemed to grow lighter through the years.

He had a pair of brief marriages, including one to Elvis Presley's daughter, Lisa Marie Presley.
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Post by Romimj » Fri Aug 29, 2008 10:47 am

That was great!!!! Tnx for posting!!!
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Post by Irish Flower » Fri Aug 29, 2008 11:26 am

There are video uploads on other boards and if you go to ABC website the video is on their page.

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Post by Shannon » Fri Aug 29, 2008 11:57 am

Ohh my, that was such a great, little interview. He is such a sweetheart. :wub: I am glad he's doing fine and has a good time.
he will "just have a little cake with my children and we'll probably watch some cartoons" -- before he gets right back to work.
Haha, just like I thought. Sounds very cosy though. :8-26-03fruits_apple :D
He hopes to release new music and tour, though he doesn't have dates set.
Ohhhh... well, if this true, you can count me being there. :D :mf_w00t2:
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Post by danaluvsmj » Fri Aug 29, 2008 12:20 pm

Aww how sweet! He definitely sounds happy and positive, and how cute that he's spending the day watching cartoons with his kids:P
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Post by InspirationMoonwalks » Fri Aug 29, 2008 1:28 pm

He speaks..again! :lol:P What a treat it was to come on here and find this thread this morning! Soo great to hear from him again, that he's doing fine, and planning a great birthday with his kids...and has more great things in store! ;) :D

Happy Birthday, Michael...50 years young! :wub:

And hmm, did they say his home in California? Interesting..:popcorn
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Post by Twittegirl » Fri Aug 29, 2008 4:16 pm

Thanks for posting:)

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