In her new autobiography, There Was A Little Girl, Brooke Shields dishes about her alcoholic mother, her celebrity romances, and her relationship with Michael Jackson.
In a People Magazine interview, Shields talks about her her upcoming book – set for release November 18 – and discusses the speculation around her relationship with Jackson, revealing they were close from the moment she met him when she was 13-years-old.
“We were like two little kids,” the 49-year-old actress said. “From the day we met, we saw something of ourselves in each other. We felt really safe. Together, we felt impervious to the craziness that swirled around us. We joked about how silly people were and watched movies and ate candy.”
“Of course we loved each other, but nothing happened romantically,” Shields says of her relationship with Jackson. “I would be like, ‘Oh please, knock it off.’ He was like this kid who would ask you [about dating and romance]. Nobody was telling him and nurturing this stuff and I think he was terrified. He was terrified and sort of juvenile. I think there was an arrested development.”
“He wanted us to never not be with each other. It wasn’t something that people were going to understand. It was so much easier to marginalize it and diminish it.”
He even gave her a ring to mark their friendship.
“It sparkles and you sparkle,” she says he told her.
According to Today, Shields also briefly addressed rumors of her romance with Jackson in the 2009 Rolling Stone special commemorative issue dedicated to the King of Pop.
“Nothing was jaded about him,” she said, referring to women who “wanted to throw themselves at (Jackson) and felt like they were going to teach him.”
The actress said at the time that the older Jackson got, “the more asexual he became to me” — even though he was curious about her early relationships.
In her tribute to Jackson after his death, Shields also defended their “odd” relationship.
“Thinking back to when we met and the many times that we spent together and whenever we were out together, there would be a caption of some kind, and the caption usually said something like ‘an odd couple’ or ‘an unlikely pair,’ but to us it was the most natural and easiest of friendships.”
Shields told People that, in the end, she and Jackson were such friends because they knew neither wanted anything from the other.
“We understood that the other person had no agenda,” she says. “I wasn’t trying to get anything from him. We’d go to obscure restaurants and could just sort of commiserate and say ‘Aren’t people crazy?’ ”
For more on Shields’ new book, see this Inquisitr article, in which she discusses finally “going all the way” after her highly publicized decision to remain a virgin until her Mr. Right came along.
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