The 'King of Pop' Michael Jackson has gone through several controversies in his lifetime — ranging from using creams to bleach his skin to abusing narcotics. The superstar has also been accused of molesting 13 year old boy(s) in his lifetime; two of them were Gavin Arvizo and Jordan Chandler. Jackson has denied various rumors in his life and left some untouched. What the biased media has been reporting regarding Jackson for over a decade was his alleged addiction to drugs, ranging from painkillers to deadly and lethal cocktails. However, the media curtained all of the details and the truth surrounding the star's alleged addiction and what really happened with him and drugs.
1984 Pepsi Commercial, When It All Began
In 1984 Michael Jackson was shooting a Pepsi commercial with his brothers, the Jacksons. On the set of the commercial, the gloved one caught fire from a spark, causing 3rd degree burns to the singer's scalp. Of course, it was as painful as it sounds and looks, which caused Jackson's ultimate addiction to the painkillers, which the media did not reveal to the public until decades after the singer's death in 2009.
Jackson's addiction did not result directly from this incident, however. In 1993, Jackson underwent scalp surgery for these 3rd degree burns, which led his head to pain him severely, according to the surgeon. Apparently, one of the operations which the surgery consisted of was the instilment of a balloon under Jackson's scalp.
Reportedly, this surgery pained Jackson terribly which led to a high dependency on Demerol, a painkiller prescribed by his doctors at the time — the pop sensation was on his Dangerous world tour at the time, which led to complications within the tour, leading to several of his concerts to be cancelled. The star's closest friend, Elizabeth Taylor flew to Thailand with her then husband, to help Jackson with his painkiller addiction. The untold story of what occurred when Jackson was there at the rehab was only revealed when Taylor's then husband told the shocking tale.
Who Could Blame Him?
The pop singer was a complicated man who led a rather complicated life. Jackson suffered too much for words in his lifetime, from physical abuse at the hands of his very own father to the allegations of child sexual abuse weighed against him. There were many reasons why Jackson had took these painkillers and according to the words of many insiders in the Jackson camp, Jackson was apparently not a "junkie". Jackson also did not appear to have been a serial abuser of narcotics, from his public appearances to his private close conversations with insiders. There's nothing which can really be said to prove that Jackson was a drug addict in a complete manner.
In a charity concert in 1999 in Munich, Michael Jackson and Friends, Jackson was performing the 'Earth Song' when he got on up for the 'bridge act' when the bridge collapsed, causing Jackson to injure and break his spine. This pained Jackson terribly and it was reported that the 'Thriller' singer collapsed backstage after two more exhilarating performances. This led to Jackson's addiction to Demerol again, after the superstar already received help for the previous addiction. This instigated another painkiller addiction. Jackson had much going on in his life; the allegations of child sexual abuse pained him and stressed him dearly. Most would excuse others who took painkillers and other forms of drugs when undergoing mental stress, but with Jackson there were no excuses to be made by the public or media alike.
What Insiders Had To Say
Jackson insiders told much about his addiction to drugs. "I asked him, I said, "Now, Michael, is there any problems I should know about", Dileo said. "What do you mean?" I said, "Well, you know, once in a while you seem a little dizzy. You wanna go to rehab", said Dileo. "No. No! There you go. See? Now, why would you assume that? "I'm not taking anything, Frank. I'm not doing one thing." This was a conversation quoted by Dileo between him and Jackson. Allegedly, Jackson denied substance abuse to everyone who asked him about it.
Katherine Jackson, the star's mother said the following in an interview about Jackson's addicton:
"I had no reason to think or believe that he was on drugs until my children came to me one time and they said it, and I said, "Well, I've never seen him in that shape." Then I went to him and I talked to him about it, and he kept denying it."
Jackson seemed to deny this not only with his manager, but with his mother alike.
Frank Cascio, one of Jackson's closest friends said the following in an interview about the star's addiction:
"Michael Jackson did have a problem. Do I believe he was an addict? No, I don't believe Michael Jackson was a drug addict. He went through cycles. It really depended on what was happening in his life and in his world."
It seems clear that Jackson was not so much a drug addict, rather a troubled man.
Was Jackson An Addict?
Undeniably, the superstar had problems in his life which he used painkillers to escape. However, to label him a serial drug abuser off the bat is rather far fetched. Jackson did have problems in his life as mentioned, but he needed something to use in order to numb both the mental pain and the physical pain resulted from these problems. It was made clear by many insiders that Jackson was not an addict, but rather a man who had to use these substances and not surprisingly, got addicted to them.
Here's a part of Jackson's song 'Morphine', which was part of his 'Blood on the Dance Floor' album. In this part of the song, Jackosn describes his experiences and addictions to Demerol.