i just ran across this quote from the King of Pop:
Now Brooke Shields, she was one of the loves of my life. We dated a lot. Her pictures were all over my walls and mirrors.
I was at the Academy Awards with Diana Ross and she just came up to me and said, “Hi, I’m Brooke Shields. Are you going to the after party?” I said, “Yeah,” and I just melted.
I was about 23 … during Off The Wall. I thought, “Does, she know[that photographs of her are] all over my room?”
And we went on the dance floor. And man we exchanged numbers and I was up all night, spinning around in my room, just so happy.
She was classy. We had one encounter when she got real intimate and I chickened out. And I shouldn’t have.
then there is this:
I met him when I was 13 [she was probably 15. they met in March 1981].
There were a handful of child stars at the time – actress Jodie Foster, Michael and myself among them – and we were friends because we shared an understanding of how difficult life was in the public eye.
When we were together, we were in a safe place.
We could be ourselves.
in 1984 there was this from Rockwell:
Michael is having an affair with Brooke Shields and sees her a lot.
Every time I talk to him about her he smiles and seems to be very, very happy.
I keep saying to him ”Do I hear wedding bells, Michael?” and he breaks into a big grin.
But he dates other women, including a former Miss Universe and Tatum O’Neal.
He’s also very clsoe to Diana Ross but he isn’t obsessed with her.
When he died in 2009, Shields spoke to Rolling Stone about their friendship, which included him proposing to her several times
“I would say, ‘You have me for the rest of your life, you don’t need to marry me, I’m going to go on and do my own life and have my own marriage and my own kids, and you’ll always have me. I think it made him relax. He didn’t want to lose things that meant something to him.”
Shields says the innocent nature of the pair’s bond persisted as they grew older, and that as he aged, Jackson became “more asexual” to her. “You saw women who were more sexual, who wanted to throw themselves at him and feel like they were going to teach him,” she recalls, “we just found each other, and we didn’t have to deal with our sexuality.” Shields tells RS her conversations with Jackson about her relationships revealed a lot about how Jackson insulated himself from the outside world. “As I grew up and started having boyfriends, I would share with him, and he was like a little kid who talked about the bases — what first base was, what second base was, and it sounded very odd to the outside, I can imagine, but to the inside, to someone who’s never really left his bubble, you can understand how he would be curious.”
I bet there is way more to this story. Or at least more that isn’t salacious that would be an interesting movie.