Michael has a special relationship with his fans based on mutual love and understanding. He expressed this to us collectively by dedicating so much to his fans, and individually by showering those of us fortunate to meet him with attention and love.
No matter where he went or what he was doing, he would take the time to stop and talk to us, accept gifts and letters for which he was always so grateful, and do everything he could to make us feel special and loved.
We were there simply to show him how much we love him, and he returned all we did and more. The result was a beautiful and heartfelt exchange, all this love and admiration sweeping back and forth in a continual outpouring. It was SO much more than any of us could have dreamed of or expected or imagined.
Like many people, I would have been grateful for the opportunity merely to express to him how much I love him and to thank him for all the magic and joy he had brought into my life. I never needed or expected anything in return. Every moment with him, every word he spoke to me, every part of him that he shared was a gift that I will cherish forever.
An essential force
Michael couldn’t say no. That’s why I, like many of my friends, never asked him for anything. When he did sweet things for us, it meant so much more. And he did so much - inviting us to accompany him on shopping trips, in limousine rides and to theme parks, writing us sweet little notes and letters, giving us hugs and making us feel special… He made all of our dreams come true again and again and again.
Michael had many dear friends who had the access to him that we could only dream of, people like Elizabeth Taylor (RIP) and Diana Ross, who have spoken about him so lovingly. But sadly, there were many who entered his life with selfish motives, in order to use him to further their careers and line their pockets. Many of them deceived him and then betrayed him, selling him out to the media or conspiring against him out of jealousy and greed.
I believe the fans as a whole represented a powerful and essential force in Michael’s life. We reflected back to him the light and love he conveyed through his art. We were an affirmation that what he was doing was being received in a pure and untainted way. We were a constant reminder of how he transforms lives, moving people through his music to live in the spirit of love and peace and tolerance, and to embrace his message to heal the world.