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How come no women have ever come forward with stories of intimate encounters with Michael Jackson? How come he never dated black or ethnic girls? If you have ever questioned this and meant it in more than a rhetorical and facetious manner and if you have an open mind and can receive credible information to the contrary, than this may be the “Kiss and Tell” story you/we have searched for….and needed.

But we must start at the beginning to get a true understanding. So here is the Michael Jackson “innocent and wholesome” backstory or perhaps folklore is a better word; From his early career he was put off by the images of strippers at a night club where he performed at the tender age of 6. This in tandem with his eye witness accounts of his brothers sexually exploiting fans conflicted with his sensibilities as a Jehovah’s Witness and a sensitive soul with respect for his Mother and sisters, respect that he vicariously extended to all women. As the urban legend goes, this exposure scarred him psychologically, rendering him sexually crippled in arrested development.  His devotion to God dictated he abstain so whether it was sexual repression or a convenient excuse, no one dared question it if God was involved. For a while that gave him a pass. We saw during Off The Wall that he began exuding a soft sensuality but it seemed curiously offset by an aura of innocence, real or contrived. I do want to stress that I do not consider virginity as a lone standing factor in one’s innocence as used in this context. I feel that being idealistic and or naive and free from malicious intent reads as innocence even if you have experience so I find his to be valid relative to most 20 year olds then and now.

However, by the time he hit the stratosphere, a virtual global typhoon, during the Thriller era, his sexuality was under scrutiny and “at his age” it was an expectation that he was “gettin it in”. Religion or not, no one could have that level of self-control is what was often the consensus expressed by critics! With millions of women throughout the world throwing themselves at him, if he was not taking advantage of them then he was not a “real man”…..something had to be wrong with his sexuality. How come no women were talking…still? But the irony here even is that if ladies running to cash-in on the “kiss and tell” tale is even a thought or better still, expectation to the world at large, would Michael not be aware of that? Would someone who was so admittedly shy open himself up to such vulnerability, exploitation and fodder? Should he, the biggest star in the world, not be extremely careful? How could he defend his growing empire and protect his effective wholesome image if he would have spread himself around to the degree demanded? While the mantra of the rock star is “sex, drugs, rock and roll” Michael built his image on being the antithesis of all these. Any shift could prove fatal to his career. The 80’s was a different era where scandal was not celebrated or used as a catalyst.  But what of his desires? He is only human. Was there anyone in his circle he could trust with those needs, those private, intimate moments?

Now let’s backtrack. What if we start to realize that there was a point in his early adulthood, at which his sexuality was not under such scrutiny. After all, there was a time as a young man that he could still go out in public. So could there have been a period where his desires and curiosity intersected causing him to explore his needs during what he nor anyone knew would be his last window of opportunity? This would be the brief period of adulthood before Off The Wall (and that 14 Million Superstardom) where he had the ability and opportunity to enjoy his success, make decisions, trust, still have privacy and some semblance of normalcy….but before Thriller,(megastardom)…before he became THEE Michael Jackson, the all time greatest fodder of rumor and tabloid news, aside from being the all time greatest entertainer. Might there have been some undocumented encounters from his past with ordinary girls who truly cared and did not wish to use or expose him? Imagine such a person or person(s) watching him go into seclusion as his life was no longer his own. Would such a young lady not feel even more determined to protect his privacy even if it occurred in the past? We have to consider that the bigger he and his fixed persona got, the less feasible this scenario seemed and after the accusations, the less credible it seemed. But this was largely due to a calculated decision by Michael and his handlers to present him as virginal and nonthreatening so that he could have a wholesome image that reached the masses in a way no one else ever had. AND IT WORKED!  That is until some opportunists used this to capitalize on such eccentricities, accusations, an assertion from which there seemed no turning back, no image do-overs.  Perception had become reality and the accusation served as the answer to this enigmatic behavior for many. The allegations touched off a series of events that lead to much despair and arguably his death.

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Theresa and Michael

During the trial and after his death some women  who had originally respected his privacy decided it was no longer of any use and even damaging to withhold their stories of intimacy with Michael Jackson. Many, most notably the media, dismissed them to push the more salacious and disconcerting angle, any one that supported the accusation. But what makes these women any less credible than a family of proven grifters, convicted criminals? Nothing! The problem is that the women threatened the agenda of the media to make millions from the negative feeding frenzy!

One woman whose name is synonymous to die hard fans with being an early Michael Jackson girlfriend, Theresa Gonsalves, who is ethnic, has recently made it abundantly clear that, point blank, she made love with Michael Jackson as early as the filming of The Wiz. If you are in disbelief or shock, remember the open mind and read on. But the revelation is shocking to fans as well in one regard, which is that in this well-known, true fairytale the two had always denied any physicality. I can recall reading the definitive and controversial biography, “Michael Jackson: The Magic and The Madness” and being intrigued by this fan, Theresa, who touched Michael with her letters so much that she was invited into his world. It was as if his song “Dear Michael” came to life and she certainly has the pictures to corroborate the timeline! In the 1991 book ” Michael Jackson: The Magic and The Madness,” author J. Randy Taraborelli who added credibility by researching and naming all his sources, tells of an encounter where Theresa and Michael were on his bed in his New York Apt poised to kiss when Latoya walked in. That has never been disputed by anyone involved. However, according to the first account given the endeavor ended there, never to be explored again! But why? How is that plausible? Why should we believe that desire subsided? Are we supposed to think that they took it as a sign of divine intervention to warn them of their impending sin? That is idealistic but perhaps it is just that and nothing more. Weakness of the flesh….yatta, yatta, yatta! No religious judgement is implied here. We all fall short of the glory…..

Theresa and Michael had been growing as friends from near and far and through letters and meet ups for 3 years and had to trust and care deeply for each other by now. And they were now consenting adults at 19. So I always found that story of suspended animation in the bedroom to be illogical and a bit of a cliffhanger. There had to be more. Turns out my suspicion was correct! For years Michael and Theresa kept what happened that night and thereafter between them. They were entitled. But now Theresa wants the world to know the passion they shared. It is no surprise that this story is met with opposition and criticism. I feel privileged to have had the insight to recognize there was more all along. That thought occurred to me back in 1991. The fact that she filled in those blanks decades later is very validating. It just rings true. “Remember The Time” boasts a unique approach of allowing us to hear even her thoughts and narrative in letter form as if she is speaking directly to Michael and it proves very affective and touching. But make no mistake, Theresa Gonsalves definitely and very literally opened up her journal to share her actual letters and give the masses a more humanizing and passionate rendition of who Michael was. We have asked for “it.” This Is It! “Remember The Time” is their story….

L. Burner

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