Donald Trump spoke about Michael Jackson in an interview as part of GOP Town Hall with Anderson Cooper on Thursday night (February 18), recalling his relationship with the singer.
Jackson died in 2009, and the candidate for the Republican presidential nomination described Jackson as “a good friend”, and purported to be telling “the real story” of Jackson’s life.
Jackson lived in Trump Tower for some time, and also got married to Lisa Marie Presley at Trump’s Mar a Lago club, with Trump saying that the pair spent a week in their room in the tower. “He was up there for one week with her and he never came down,” he said. “I don’t know what was going on but they got along.”
Trump also said that Jackson lost his confidence after having facial surgery, explaining:
“He was an unbelievably talented guy. He lost his confidence. He lost tremendous confidence because of, honestly, bad bad bad surgery. He had the worst. He had people that did numbers on him that were just unbelievable. Facially, you know, the plastic surgeons.”
Watch Trump’s comments on Jackson in an interview with Anderson Cooper on CNN via YouTube, below:
Jackson’s ‘Thriller’ passed another landmark in late 2015, surpassing 30 million copies sold.
Trump, meanwhile, has courted controversy even in his choice of music for his presidential campaign, with Adele having asked him not to use her tracks, but been ignored as the candidate continues to use ‘Skyfall’.
Approached by The Independent, a spokesperson for the Londoner said: “Adele has not given permission for her music to be used for any political campaigning”.
A number of singers have previously objected to Trump using their music at campaign rallies, including Neil Young. Michael Stipe of REM and Aerosmith.