THE KING ABDICATES

Oh, and maybe a bit of space travel too...

MICHAEL JACKSON is quitting the music business to pursue a career in film – and space travel.

The self-styled King Of Pop whose last LP ’Invincible’ sold disappointingly, says he wants to put his troubled career to one side to work in the movie business.

Jacko, who recently took a cameo role in ’Men In Black II’, fancies a career change after a troubled year, during which he has been in dispute with label Sony over the promotion of ‘Invincible’, one of the most expensive albums ever made.

He said: “I’ve always wanted to do film, but the tours got in the way. That’s why I want to take several years off just doing film.

“I’d like to get six great movies behind me, and then I’ll do a little bit of touring, then I’ll do more filming.”

Jackson also admits there is “some truth in” speculation he wanted to recreate his famous moonwalk on the moon, according to Gold magazine in the US.

It’s been rumoured the star is teaming up with one of the members of the Apollo 14 mission to become the first pop star to be launched into space.

Jackson, who said he enjoyed visiting theme parks after hours, says he is trying to make up for a lost childhood.

He revealed: “When I was seven, eight years old I was in nightclubs. I saw striptease girls take off all their clothes. I saw fights break out. I saw people throw up on each other. I saw adults act like pigs.

“That’s why I compensate now for what I didn’t do then. So when you come to my house, you’ll see I have rides, I have a movie theatre, I have animals.”