Michael Jackson passed away on June 25, 2009, leaving behind a huge legacy of music and entertainment. His sound and style made major waves in the 70s, the 80s, and 90s since he got his start as part of the Jackson 5 singing group with his brothers when he was just a child. He also left behind three kids: Paris Jackson, Michael Joseph 'Prince' Jackson Jr, and Prince Michael 'Blanket' Jackson II.
Rumors about illegal activities by Michael Jackson have circulated for many years but just recently in 2019, a docuseries was released called "Leaving Neverland" and it directly addressed the many dark and grievous rumors that the public has weighed in on over the years in relation to Michael's life. Continue reading to find out which famous celebs stood by Michael's side and were part of his inner circle while he was still alive... and who else would have never part of his inner circle, even if given the chance.
19 Inner Circle: Sylvester Stallone
Sylvester Stallone was one of Michael's friends back in the day. They were pictured together backstage at the Dangerous World Tour at the Stadio Brianteo Monza, Italy on July 6, 1992. (Pinterest). Sylvester Stallone is famous for acting and Michael was famous for music but they still had things in common.
18 Inner Circle: Madonna
Madonna and Michael Jackson could easily relate to each other back in the day with anything related to music. Both of them have gone down in history as being legendary musicians with long lists of hit songs. They both also have gone down in history for having a huge number of devoted fans.
17 Inner Circle: Cher
In 1989, Cher released the song "If I Could Turn Back Time". It was one of many major hits that she released over the years. Michael Jackson released the song "Art Of Madness" in that very same year. These two extremely talented musicians were able to bond over their musical artistry.
16 NOT In The Inner Circle: Prince
Prince and Michael Jackson were constantly being pit against each other by the general public. Since they were always being compared and contrasted it got in the way of a true friendship blooming between them. They do have similarities, of course, but they are vastly different and probably hated being compared all the time.
Although Corey Feldman has recently stated in interviews that he no longer stands to defend Michael Jackson in light of all the accusations against Michael, back in the day Corey was someone who spent time in Michael's inner circle. Not many people had the chance to be that close to Michael.
15 Inner Circle: Sheryl Crow
Once upon a time, Sheryl Crow sang as a backup singer for Michael Jackson. Later down the line in her career, she became famous enough on her own to not have to be the backup singer of anyone. During her time working with Michael, she was part of his inner circle.
14 Inner Circle: Britney Spears
According to Billboard, Britney Spears and Michael Jackson performed together in 2001 on Jackson's 30th Anniversary Celebration on CBS. They chose to sing the song "The Way You Make Me Feel" and it went off without a hitch. She was someone who was inspired by his talent as she was growing up.
13 NOT In The Inner Circle: Rose McGowan
Rose McGowan has openly and boldly spoken out in support of the #MeToo movement since she was directly affected by a powerful individual who abused his power over her. Due to her strong feelings against powerful people hurting vulnerable individuals, she would most likely never be part of Michael's inner circle.
12 Inner Circle: Whitney Houston
Whitney Houston told Oprah Winfrey in an interview that Michael Jackson's untimely passing was "devastating". Only someone close to him and part of his inner circle would feel as deeply as she did when she spoke about him on TV. She was someone he could trust within his circle of friends.
11 Inner Circle: Elizabeth Taylor
Elizabeth Taylor and Michael Jackson shared a thirty-year friendship. Within their tight knit friendship, Michael Jackson made sure to show Elizabeth Taylor how loved and cherished she was to him. He bought her lavish and expensive gifts on a regular basis such as diamonds. She was one of the people he bonded with the most.
10 Inner Circle: Brooke Shields
Brooke Shields is someone who dated Michael Jackson briefly back in the 80s. Some people speculate that their relationship was not real or legitimate-- that they simply faked it in front of the camera for good press and publicity. Other people believe that their relationship was real, true, and filled with love.
9 NOT In The Inner Circle: Judd Apatow
On Sep 3, 2019, Judd Apatow openly talked about the Jeffrey Epstein scandal when he tweeted: "Kind of like Michael Jackson holding dance competitions for little kids... It gives them the ability to scout. Heinous." His drawing a comparison between Jeffrey Epstein's behavior and Michael Jackson's behavior shows that he would never want to be part of Michael's circle.
8 Inner Circle: Steven Tyler
Steven Tyler is so incredibly talented and anyone who has tuned into an Aerosmith music station can attest to that fact. His voice is so powerful and magnetic. That is probably why he and Michael Jackson so easily got along as well as they did while Michael Jackson was still alive.
7 Inner Circle: Lisa-Marie Presley
Lisa-Marie Presley is another woman that Michael Jackson was romantically linked to. Just as things were with Brooke Shields, the public questioned the couple on if they were legitimately together or not. No one could really tell for sure but regardless of the romance aspect between them, they were still good friends.
6 Inner Circle: Woody Allen
Woody Allen is someone who was part of Michael Jackson's inner circle way back in the day. Woody Allen is the man behind films like A Rainy Day in New York, Midnight in Paris, Vicky Cristina Barcelona, To Rome with Love, Hannah & Her Sisters, and Take the Money & Run.
5 NOT In The Inner Circle: Ava DuVernay
Ava DuVernay is an award-winning American filmmaker and film distributor. She shared an article on Twitter where someone did a critical review of the "Leaving Neverland" docuseries. She received a lot of backlash from Michael Jackson's fanbase. A lot of people were unhappy with her choice to share that particular article.
4 Inner Circle: Diana Ross
Diana Ross is a music legend and obviously, so was Michael Jackson when he was still alive. They related things that related to the world of music, dance, and entertainment. Diana Ross is the voice behind songs like "When You Tell Me That You Love Me" and "I'm Coming Out".
3 Inner Circle: Eddie Murphy
Eddie Murphy is an amazing comedian who knows how to rile up just about any crowd. He can make people laugh without any qualms! It isn't always easy to make a crowd of people fall out laughing but Eddie Murphy is someone who can pull that off and he was in Michael's inner circle.
2 Inner Circle: Stevie Wonder
Stevie Wonder is another majorly talented musician who could relate to Michael Jackson through their art of music. Stevie Wonder plays instruments and sings amazingly and Michael Jackson dances incredibly and also had a great voice to match. These two artists will both go down in history as being legendary.
1 NOT In The Inner Circle: Rosie O'Donnell
Rosie O'Donnell tweeted about the "Leaving Neverland" docuseries and called it "haunting". The content of the episodes clearly impacted her in a negative way. The subject matter very likely made her feel uncomfortable, as it did for almost everyone who tuned in. She would not be someone in Michael's inner circle.