Tito Jackson on Perception World Has of MJ after the Abuse Allegations in 'Leaving Neverland'

Tito Jackson says whatever the world thinks of his brother Michael Jackson today is "totally false." In fact, he reveals how "loveable" the late King of Pop truly was. 

Since the release of the documentary, “Leaving Neverland,” Michael Jackson’s name as we knew it got dragged in the mud, leaving only questions about the curious life he led and casting doubt on the kind of person he really was.  

Michael Jackson performing a the 1993 Super Bowl halftime show. | Photo: Getty Images

Michael Jackson performing a the 1993 Super Bowl halftime show. | Photo: Getty Images

Amidst the doubt and the insults hurled his way due to the film’s allegations about his alleged abuse of boys, his family insisted he wasn’t who the film pictured him to be. They were one in saying the documentary was merely a means to cash in on a made-up story about the late singer.  

What’s more, there was no way for Michael to defend himself from the accusations because he was already six feet under.

Michael died in 2009 due to a heart attack. It was later discovered through an autopsy that it was triggered by the anaesthetic Propofol and sedative Lorazepam. His doctor who prescribed the medication was later charged with involuntary manslaughter. 

In a recent interview with People, Michael’s older brother, Tito Jackson spoke of how the film has altered the public’s perception of his brother and insists it’s all “false.”

“I know what’s real and what’s not real,” he said then goes on to explain that the only reason Michael remains to be a hot topic is because he “did something great.”

Tito Jackson, Michael Jackson's older brother attending a premiere in London in 2017. | Photo: Getty Images

Tito Jackson, Michael Jackson's older brother attending a premiere in London in 2017. | Photo: Getty Images

WHO MICHAEL REALLY WAS ACCORDING TO TITO

"My father have always said ‘when they don’t talk about you, you know that you’re not doing something right. If they constantly talk about you, you’re doing something great,’” the 65-year-old recalled

He adds, “The perception of the world or some may have had of my brother Michael is totally false,” because Michael was actually a very “loveable” person.

Tito explains the extent to which Michael would go out of his way for others.

“Michael was probably one of the most loveable people you ever wanna meet. Like he said in interviews, he’s not trying to be Jesus but he liked the way Jesus gave, cared for people…he likes to live in that atmosphere and contribute when he can. He’s done tons of things for children and pay for operations, colleges, and help families in need…”

Michael Jackson performing at the 2006 World Music Awards. | Photo: Getty Images

Michael Jackson performing at the 2006 World Music Awards. | Photo: Getty Images

WHY MICHAEL'S REPUTATION TURNED FOR THE WORSE

Sadly, it was also Michael’s kindness that became his downfall as Tito admitted in 2011. 

During an interview with The Guardian that year, Tito hashed out the reasons why Michael’s reputation suffered after the 80s.

In the film, “The Life of an Icon” which he was promoting at the time, it was suggested that it all began after the accident Michael had while filming a Pepsi commercial.

The burns he suffered led him to the path of painkillers and plastic surgery, an addiction that would soon result in stories of him sleeping in an oxygen chamber and adopting chimpanzees for companions. 

Michael Jackson taping for "American Bandstand's 50th...A Celebration" in 2002. | Photo: Getty Images

Michael Jackson taping for "American Bandstand's 50th...A Celebration" in 2002. | Photo: Getty Images

Tito added that it didn’t help that Michael was very trusting of people surrounding him because they drew him away from his family.

"Divide and conquer, that's what happened to Michael,” he told the publication. “Purely in the interests of financial greed, people in the business – and we're talking lawyers, managers, all kinds of people – wanted to divide him from his brothers.

"Michael's problem, just like his mother, is that he trusted people too much. He really did. He trusted too much and was taken advantage of.”

“I could see that these people were there for the wrong reasons, but I couldn't run Michael's life for him. But if I'd known then how tragically this journey would end, I wouldn't have taken it.”

Michael Jackson testifying during a 2002 civil trial in relation to two concerts he reportedly backed out of. |  Photo: Getty Images

Michael Jackson testifying during a 2002 civil trial in relation to two concerts he reportedly backed out of. | Photo: Getty Images

Years later and that’s still the explanation Tito’s son, Taj Jackson, gives to explain Michael’s downfall. 

“The fault of my uncle was he didn't have that bone in his body to look at it the other way. His naivety was his downfall in a way,” he told “CBS This Morning” in the wake of the “Leaving Neverland” controversy

MICHAEL'S DEATH

Michael died in 2009 due to a heart attack. It was later discovered through an autopsy that it was triggered by the anaesthetic Propofol and sedative Lorazepam. His doctor who prescribed the medication was later charged with involuntary manslaughter. 

‘I’d give it all up to have my brother here with me now,” Tito confessed to The Guardian as he pondered his brother’s death. He also expressed regret in not being able to pull his brother back to his family knowing he was being manipulated by people. 

“I could see that these people were there for the wrong reasons, but I couldn't run Michael's life for him. But if I'd known then how tragically this journey would end, I wouldn't have taken it,” he said

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