Michael Jackson talks Prince rivalry in new recordings

Jackson: “[Prince] one of the rudest people I have ever met”

New recordings have revealed the extent of the bad blood between Michael Jackson and Prince.

The pair battled for supremacy in the pop charts during the 80s and made no secret of their rivalry.

In a recently unveiled recording, made in 1988 during the writing of Jackson’s autobiography Moonwalker, the pop star makes clear his dislike for the Purple One.

“I have proven myself since I was real little. It’s not fair. He feels like I’m his opponent,” Jackson told the interviewer. “I hope he changes because boy, he’s gonna get hurt. He’s the type that might commit suicide or something.”

The King of Pop bristles at comparisons to Prince in the secretly recorded conversation, shared for the first time by the Daily Mirror.

“I don’t like to be compared to Prince,” he says, bluntly.

Jackson goes on to describe Prince as “one of the rudest people I have ever met,” and says that he had been “mean and nasty to my family.”

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Earlier this year, producer LA Reid’s memoir revealed more details of the pair’s feud. According to Reid, one of Jackson’s hobbies was laughing at videos of Prince making mistakes.

The hostility between the musical icons was previously addressed in 2015 biography MJ: The Genius of Michael Jackson, which quoted Jackson as allegedly saying that Prince had “always been not nice to me”.

Meanwhile, there has been criticism over the casting of actor Joseph Fiennes as Michael Jackson in Elizabeth, Michael & Marlon, a forthcoming TV comedy from Sky Arts.