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Michael Jackson's Secret Ex-Lover Tells All: He Wasn't An 'Asexual' 'Man Child!'

//Michael Jackson Secret Lover Shana Mangatal Tell All Book Exclusive

May. 25 2016, Updated 11:17 a.m. ET

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Seven years after the King of Pop's untimely passing, his secret lover, Shana Mangatal, is ready to release a bombshell new tell-all about their undercover fling. But before Michael and Me: The Untold Story Of Michael Jackson's Secret Romance hits the stands in August, Mangatal is opening up to Radar about their racy romance.

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//Michael Jackson Secret Lover Shana Mangatal Tell All Book Exclusive

Seven years after the King of Pop's untimely passing, his secret lover, Shana Mangatal, is ready to release a bombshell new tell-all about their undercover fling. But before Michael and Me: The Untold Story Of Michael Jackson's Secret Romance hits the stands in August, Mangatal is opening up to Radar about their racy romance.

//Michael Jackson Secret Lover Shana Mangatal Tell All Book Exclusive

The book is set to come out this year on Jackson's birthday, August 29, and will discuss everything from the singer's two controversial marriages to the "traumatic" child molestation scandals. Although Jackson died in 2009, Mangatal told Radar that she was only recently able to look at her former love's pictures and music videos among other sentimental memorabilia.

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Michael Jackson Secret Lover Shana Mangatal Tell All Book Exclusive

"His death was so painful," she confessed. "Finally, I also picked up my old diaries from back then and read them all and when I was reading I thought, 'Wow. If only the public knew these things about Michael, maybe their opinions of him would change!' Because I see as the years go on, his legacy is not really being remembered as it should be."

Michael Jackson Secret Lover Shana Mangatal Tell All Book Exclusive

Mangatal first met Jackson in 1988, and they remained friends until his death. Despite rumors about his sexuality, she said he undeniably "loved women" and was not "asexual."

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Michael Jackson Secret Lover Shana Mangatal Tell All Book Exclusive

"The book covers all of that from me meeting him as a fan and him flirting with me at our very first meeting and from then on I was like, 'OK, there's more to Michael that meets the eye, because he just flirted with me,'" she told Radar. "He's not asexual! He's not this man-child – he's normal!" 

Michael Jackson Secret Lover Shana Mangatal Tell All Book Exclusive

Jackson and Mangatal never took their relationship public. "It was 20 years of different encounters and intimate phone conversations and he cast me in two of his short films. So it was more than something you can explain in one sentence," she said. Mangatal said she always wanted a formal relationship with the "Bad" singer but acknowledges that the timing was simply off. She also believes that his two marriages, in part, hindered her chances.

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Michael Jackson Secret Lover Shana Mangatal Tell All Book Exclusive

"There was a time when it progressed to the next level, but the reason it ended was because of his marriage," she claimed. "I was involved with him, so of course you want more, but you don't always get more – especially with him."

Michael Jackson Secret Lover Shana Mangatal Tell All Book Exclusive

And although their forbidden relationship occurred before, during and after Jackson's marriages to Debbie Rowe and Lisa Marie Presley, Mangatal explained that he never cheated.

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Michael Jackson Secret Lover Shana Mangatal Tell All Book Exclusive

"He was very respectful of his marriages and that's why it was sporadic," she said. "We became really close during the 1993 scandal and he married Lisa Marie so that kind of cut things off a bit until the divorce."

Michael Jackson Secret Lover Shana Mangatal Tell All Book Exclusive

"After the divorce he cast me in another one of his short films called Ghost' and we grew closer again during that filming – after that is when we reconnected," Mangatal claimed.

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Michael Jackson Secret Lover Shana Mangatal Tell All Book Exclusive

"And then Debbie Rowe got pregnant with Prince Michael Jackson II. That made it sort of awkward again."

Michael Jackson Secret Lover Shana Mangatal Tell All Book Exclusive

Stick with Radar for more on Jackson's secret lover, and what she knows about his molestation scandals!

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