What was it like to work for the King Of Pop – to have been inside his inner circle?
Michael Jackson’s one-time personal chef Douglas B. Jones reveals new insight into life with the often elusive and eccentric Michael Jackson, in an exclusive new interview with RadarOnline.com.
Speaking with RadarOnline.com reporter Rachel Smith, Jones says Jackson specifically wanted an African-American chef. He says the very first time he showed up at Jackson’s rented mansion in Holmby Hills, an exclusive area of Los Angeles, he was told to drive around and come back five minutes later.
A person on Jackson’s team later apologized to Douglas, explaining they had been dealing with Michael’s father, Joe Jackson, who was angry after Michael refused to let his dad entry to the mansion.
Said Douglas: “They said either he shook the gate or hit the gate. I think when he left he was frustrated about something. They didn’t tell me what it was.”
It’s well known that Michael had a difficult relationship with his father Joe, whom Michael has said often beat him as a child and mocked him. Michael left his father nothing in his will.
Jones also describes Michael’s three children -- Prince Michael, Paris Michael Katherine and Prince Michael II (aka Blanket) -- as being “very intelligent... very advanced for their age”. He calls them “very polite” but adds that if the kids didn’t feel comfortable with a member of Michael’s staff, Jackson would fire them.
Douglas says the atmosphere in Michael’s mansion was “very peaceful... very tranquil” and that music was often played in the home.
Watch our entire exclusive interview.