will.i.am: ‘Michael Jackson phoned me upset about ‘Hold My Hand’ leak’

Black Eyed Peas man explains why he is 'disgusted' by new album release

Black Eyed Peas frontman will.i.am has talked about how Michael Jackson phoned him weeks before he died to tell him how upset he was about the internet leak of ‘Hold My Hand’.

The song, which features Akon, has been released as Jackson‘s first posthumous single and was completed after his death.

will.i.am, who worked with Jackson before his death in June 2009, has repeatedly said that he is “disgusted” about the release of posthumous album ‘Michael’. Now he has told Rolling Stone about Jackson‘s response to ‘Hold My Hand’ leaking before it was finished.

“A couple of months before Michael died he called me on the phone really upset,” he said. “[Jackson said] ‘Hey, it’s Michael, somebody leaked one of these songs.’ And I said, ‘What song, Mike?’ And he said, ‘Some song called ‘Hold My Hand’.’ I swear to God I had this conversation with him.”

Earlier this year will.i.am slammed Sony Music for releasing ‘Michael’ without the late singer’s blessing, saying that Jackson would be unhappy with the album as he was a perfectionist in the studio.

He joins members of Jackson‘s family and producer Quincy Jones in condemning the release of ‘Michael’, which came out on Monday (December 13).