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Michael Jackson's Inner Circle Addresses Rumors
Decades of Working With Star Gave Three Stylist Friends Unique Insight Into the Real Michael Jackson
By JOSEPH DIAZ
June 25, 2010

It was the most private of times for the most public of people. Michael Jackson's family had his body taken to the Forest Lawn Cemetery in Los Angeles , the final resting place of so many of Hollywood's elite.

Michael Jackson as a werewolf in "Thriller." Karen Faye did his makeup.
To prepare Jackson for his final farewell, his family had turned to the three people who'd been dressing the star and making him up for more than a quarter century -- Dennis Tompkins, Michael Bush and Karen Faye.

"Nobody else could have [done it]," said Faye of the honor to make up her friend one last time. "I knew how he wanted to look. So I did it for his children."
--> how could she know how he wanted to look? Huh, unless he was alive by that time

Stylists Tompkins and Bush designed brand new clothes for Jackson, incorporating elements from the King of Pop's favorite looks throughout his career. Tompkins, who created the majority of Jackson's most memorable outfits, described his stage attire as "Liberace gone to war."

Notably absent from Jackson's funeral attire, though, was his most iconic accessory -- that legendary single white sequin glove.
"To Michael, the glove was Billie Jean," said Bush. "That represented that song. That's not Michael Jackson."

These are people who knew the man behind the music; knew him stripped of the artifice he so cleverly showed the world. Private and never-before-seen images which ABC News paid to license from the three friends' personal collections provide snapshots of the global superstar's most unguarded moments.

Showman to the End

But at the time of his death, Jackson's inner circle was determined that the King of Pop would exit this earth as the world knew him: a showman.
For nine hours, Faye and Bush fought back their own grief and the overwhelming smell of formaldehyde to prepare Jackson for his final curtain call. After dressing him, Bush even helped to lift and place the body in the coffin.

"The work me and Karen did with Michael at Forest Lawn, that bonded us for life," said Bush.
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In an exclusive interview for the "20/20" special "Michael Jackson: After Life," Tompkins, Bush and Faye talked with ABC's Cynthia McFadden about what it was like to work with the star -- and addressed persistent rumors that followed Jackson about his sexual orientation, his plastic surgery and his reported drug abuse. The interview marks the first time the trio has spoken publicly about their friend.

Karen Faye met Michael Jackson in 1982, when she was hired to do his hair and make-up for the "Thriller" album cover.
"He walked in; he was very shy but was very gracious," Faye remembered. "Everything was 'please' and 'thank you.'"
Faye said she was not at all intimidated by his fame. For example, when she saw that Jackson had with him a baby tiger, she flashed her tiger-print underwear.
"He went 'Ah!'" Faye said while demonstrating how he covered his face. "He was just so embarrassed by that. But I think that's why he called me back the next job. He liked people who have a sense of humor."

Michael Jackson Stylist Friends Comment on Rumors

The conventional wisdom is that Jackson began taking painkillers after his hair caught fire during the taping of a 1984 Pepsi commercial. Faye maintained that wasn't the case. She said the musician's use of prescription drugs began in 1993 -- almost ten years after now-infamous commercial.

"Just before we went on tour for "Dangerous," he had an operation, in order to help the scarring. But he didn't have enough time to heal," said Faye. "So in order to keep going, he started using painkillers, because it is very painful when nerve endings are severed."

Faye said she has no idea what drugs Jackson was taking.

Sexual Abuse Rumors

Bush and Faye were with the star in Bangkok when Jackson's world exploded: California authorities announced they were investigating the singer for allegedly sexually abusing a 13-year-old boy.

"The day that came out, he was stepping onstage in front of 80,000 people," recalled Bush.
"It was devastating," said Faye, "because he had to go out every day in front of a world and the media that was [saying] he was pedophile."

Faye said painkillers "gave [Jackson] the ability to get through" the combination of the emotional pain brought about by the allegations and his already existing physical pain.
A few months after the allegations came to light, Jackson settled out of court with his accuser for a reported $20 million.

Then, nearly a decade later, another boy came forward, also claiming that Jackson had sexually abused him. The boy was seen in a British documentary holding hands with the musician, and Jackson spoke of their sharing a bed. The remark fueled Jackson's prosecution.

"He said the word 'bed,'" recalled Bush. "A lot of people think sexual, and that is the farthest thing from Michael's mind."

Jackson's inner circle is adamant that the star was not a pedophile or homosexual, as many have speculated. According to his friends, Jackson constantly checked out the "hot girls" who appeared in his videos.

Jackson was acquitted on all charges after a three-and-a-half month trial. The taint of the accusation, however, lingered. The trial on the second round of allegations was devastating for Jackson.

Karen Faye and Michael Bush were at Neverland early every morning to get their friend and boss ready for court.

"Before I washed his hair, we knelt down on the ground and [Jackson] put his arms around me and wept. We would pray for God to help us and for people to know the truth," said Faye, adding that situation was just "vicious" and tore Jackson up inside.

Each day when he walked into the courtroom, running the gauntlet of cameras, he wore a new outfit designed by the stylists who became his friends -- a small morale booster.

Michael Jackson: Plastic Surgery Rumors

In his art, Michael Jackson played repeatedly with the idea of metamorphosis. Many of his music videos, including "Thriller," "Black or White" and "Remember the Time" feature him morphing into someone or something else.
Nowhere was the theme more prominent than in the little-known mini-movie "Ghosts," in which Jackson becomes a middle-aged white man.

As his makeup artist for more than 25 years, Karen Faye knew Jackson's face almost as well as he did. She said one thing is certain: Jackson had vitiligo, a skin condition producing white blotches.

As for the eyeliner and lipstick Jackson preferred, Faye said: "He didn't like the line that was drawn between what's allowed for men and what's allowed for women."

Faye acknowledged that Jackson had plastic surgery. "He was always trying to perfect everything," she said. Faye denied, however, rumors that the star had a prosthetic nose.
"It was the tape that he used to wear on his nose to [help] keep it in form or else it would expand," she said. But she admitted that she personally thought Michael Jackson went a little too far with plastic surgery.

'This Is It'

Soon after Jackson announced his final tour, "This Is It," Faye received a call from him asking if she would team up with him once again.
Faye says she sensed he was frightened of being judged again. He was still stung by the worldwide backlash against him.
"Standing up in front of an audience, all that fear, all that doubt, all the cruelty people directed at him, he was afraid," said Faye. "He didn't want to go through that again."

Faye said she was concerned that Jackson was too thin to do the show. As the clock ticked, the pressure mounted.
The tour was going to be his first major appearance since the trial ended, and it would be the first time his children would him see perform on stage. The stage was his element, a place he had electrified countless times, dazzling millions, since hitting it big as child superstar in 1969.

Faye, Bush and Tompkins couldn't comment on whether Jackson was taking any medications while preparing for the "This is It" tour, because the three anticipate being witnesses at the upcoming trial of Dr. Conrad Murray, Jackson's personal physician. But they say they were all extremely concerned about the star's well-being.

According to Bush, Jackson was "bone-thin."
"I feared he was physically unable to do the shows," Faye said.

The Day the News Came

On June 25 last year, Karen Faye was waiting for Jackson at the Staples Center to begin rehearsals when she got the news she dreaded -- Jackson had been rushed to the hospital.
She then got a phone call from her boyfriend, who said he heard news reports that Jackson had suffered a heart attack.
"So many things went through [my] mind," Faye said. "But because of my fears I knew it was probably true."
According to Faye, the tour's director and choreographer, Kenny Ortega, instructed everyone to carry on as usual.

But then the moment came.
"I was headed back to my make-up room," said Faye, "and Kenny came out of his office and he put his arms around me and whispered, 'He's gone. We lost him.' And my knees just collapsed."

Faye said she believes that if people paid attention, the world would still have its King of Pop, Michael Jackson. She said she takes solace in remembering all the great times she had with the star, and the laughter that first brought them together.


Watch the full two-hour special "Michael Jackson: After Life" tonight on "20/20" at 9 p.m. ET

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Thanks for posting this. This kind of makes me sad...I hope there is a happy ending to all of this. She was right about something...if the world had paid attention we would still have Michael Jackson with us.  :(
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I'm proud to be a child of God and a member of MJ's Army of L.O.V.E.
 
"Press coverage of my life is like [watching] a fictitious movie...like watching science fiction. It's not true." ~Michael Jackson (2005)

"You should not believe everything you read. You are missing the most important revelations". Craig Harvey 3-15-2012

Does it really take nine hours to put makeup on and dress a body nobody will ever see?  And wasn't it LaToya who said she dressed him?
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^^Right!9 hours? for a "closed casket???" I never heard Latoya say she dressed him.......is that possible/allowed?????????????? for a family member to take part in the preparation of a body??????????
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Quote from: "BlessHisHeart"
^^Right!9 hours? for a "closed casket???" I never heard Latoya say she dressed him.......is that possible/allowed?????????????? for a family member to take part in the preparation of a body??????????

Way back in the early days I think when the old MJHD was sitll running, there was a thread about what he would wear to be burried in and who made the arrangements Think it was an old article see if I can find it.

 ;)

Edit here you go  :)

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I don't think anyone needs to be sad about what Karen says; she's playing her role as well.

Oh yes what did she say again about that very vivid dream she had?

About MJ coming back on the 25th of November...

Anyway she's doing her job...
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Meanwhile, Jackson's longtime stylists Dennis Tompkins and Michael Bush spent nine hours creating the clothes for Jackson's funeral. Tompkins also designed a crown which was placed on the King of Pop's casket.

He recalls, "When the casket was brought in at Forest Lawn, Prince, Paris and Blanket lifted it (crown) and put it on the center." And Bush has confirmed the tragic singer's famous white sequined glove was not buried with Jackson: "To Michael, the glove was 'Billie Jean'. That represented that song. That's not Michael Jackson."


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We were told he was burried with the glove! Now it seems he was not
How many times will they twist the story?

And no, that's not Michael Jackson ;D
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"That's not Michael Jackson" is an odd thing to write there. And "if the world had paid attention we would still have Michael Jackson with us."  Well, we pay attention, so we have MJ with us--we believe strongly! :)
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WHO can we trust? contradictions all the time  :cry:
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Michael pls come back


"Why a four-year-old child could understand this hoax. Run out and find me a four-year-old child. I can't make head nor tail out of it"

I thought that LaToya said that he was buried with his glove on!  When I watched that interview I was shocked when I heard that.  I actually argued with the T.V. because of it.  Good thing no one was around, otherwise they would have thought that I really did go crazy.
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^^Right!9 hours? for a "closed casket???" I never heard Latoya say she dressed him.......is that possible/allowed?????????????? for a family member to take part in the preparation of a body??????????



is it possible/allowed for family to make the death announcements instead of the officials?? i guess the jacksons r not  only actors/singers they r dr's ,funeral directors too!!! :lol:
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I thought that LaToya said that he was buried with his glove on!  When I watched that interview I was shocked when I heard that.  I actually argued with the T.V. because of it.  Good thing no one was around, otherwise they would have thought that I really did go crazy.


Yes your right, here is a link to it.

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"It was the tape that he used to wear on his nose to [help] keep it in form or else it would expand,"

Michael used tape to make his nose appear thinner, this accounts for differences in nose width in pictures. This width difference has been used as evidence for the doubles theory. I don't believe that doubles were used except as decoys for large crowds or paparazzi escapes and illusions on stage.

I remember watching a video of one of the professional impersonators using this tape technique to make his nose appear slimmer when he was getting in his makeup for his impersonation show. I just can't recall his name at the moment or else I would post the video.
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is it just me or do any of you think possibly that it would be a reach to call these people someones inner circle
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Why not just tell people I'm an alien from Mars? Tell them I eat live chickens and do a voodoo dance at midnight. They'll believe anything you say, because you're a reporter. But if I, Michael Jackson, were to say, "I'm an alien from Mars and I eat live chickens and do a voodoo dance at midnight," people would say, "Oh, man, that Michael Jackson is nuts. He's cracked up. You can't believe a single word that comes out of his mouth."

I was just wondering does anyone think 9 hours seems too long. Doesn't the funeral home provide these services? Did anyone notice the commercials during the program? One was for a show call Minds Games and another was about how much you can get for $25,000 for an underground emergency shelter. I thought that was interesting.
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