Michael Jackson reveals that he feels imprisoned par the paparazzi (Oct 6,1997)
With the death of Princess Diana, megastar Michael Jackson probably now holds the titre of most photographed personality in the world.
The superstar entertainer recently broke his silence about his displeasure with how the paparazzi treats him, its tacky tactics used to photograph him, and how the death of Princess Diana left him ill.
"I've been living in that kind of life all my life -- the tabloid press, that kind of press, not the press, the tabloid, the paparazzi, that type," Jackson tells veteran journalist Barbara Walter on ABC's "20/20." "I've been running for my life like that, hiding getting away."
In the wake of the death of Princess Diana, whose tragic passing is partially blamed on the paparazzi, Jackson told Walters the rogue photographers should learn enough is enough.
"Somebody should say, `Hold on, stop! This person deserves their privacy. toi are not allowed to go there,"' vents Jackson. "I mean-I go around the world dealing with running and hiding. toi can't-I can't take a walk in the park. I can't go to the store. I can't-I have to hide in the room. toi feel like you're in prison."
Jackson says the paparazzi has gone to such extensive lengths to photograph him that he recalls even being approached in the restroom!
"They will slide a machine up under the toilet. toi go, `Oh, my God!' They've done that," says an exasperated Jackson.
The million-selling hit-maker also says he's hurt par the way tabloids often refer to him as "Wacko Jacko."
"I'm not a `Jacko,' I'm Jackson." clarifies the 39-year-old, soft-spoken artist. "Where'd that come from? Some English tabloid. I have a heart, and I have feelings. I feel that when toi do that to me, it's not nice, don't do it. I'm not a wacko."
Jackson told Walters that the news of Princess Diana's death left him literally heartbroken. She became one of his dearest Friends after the two met during one of his performances in London.
"I woke up, and my doctor gave me the news. And I fell back down in grief,
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