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New Michael Jackson Biography 'Untouchable' Claims Jackson Died a Virgin & Believed in Leprechauns

by Linda Sharps on November 19, 2012 at 11:59 AM

Michael Jackson UntouchableI sort of thought the next big news to come out about Michael Jackson would be the announcement of his hologram tour, but it turns out there are some fairly juicy revelations in Rolling Stone contributor Randall Sullivan's new biography on the King of Pop. Untouchable: The Strange Life and Tragic Death of Michael Jackson includes a number of fascinating tidbits about Michael Jackson, including the jaw-dropping statement that Jackson died a 50-year-old virgin.

While Untouchable is being criticized as "bloated," "overlong," and full of "the sorts of observations made countless times before," the assertion that he was virtually incapable of molesting children is certainly an interesting one. Even though there is, of course, no way to prove whether Sullivan's claims are correct.

If you'd rather skim the book without actually reading all 704 pages, The Daily Beast has a pretty good roundup of some of the most eyebrow-raising stories about Jackson, including:

• His brothers and father locked Jackson in a room with two adult hookers when he was 15, as a sort of 'intervention' on his perceived sexuality

• Jackson's lifelong obsession with makeup and surgery stemmed from a traumatic teenage bout with acne

He fully believed in leprechauns

• His first wife, Lisa Marie Presley, never saw him without makeup

• Aside from being underweight, his body was in perfect health when he overdosed

Sullivan also writes that while the details revealed in Jackson's 1993 child-molestation investigation case were "undeniably disturbing," he believes Jackson was innocent. Sullivan describes the $15-million out-of-court settlement as textbook extortion, and says it was Jackson's painful childhood abuse that led him to become "presexual."  

It was understood that Michael Jackson sought the company of prepubescent males because he yearned to be one himself. [He] wasn't trying to be heterosexual or homosexual or even asexual, but rather presexual  (...) Of all the answers one might offer to the central question hanging over the memory of Michael Jackson, the one best supported by the evidence was that he had died as a 50-year-old virgin, never having had sexual intercourse with any man, woman or child, in a special state of loneliness that was a large part of what made him unique as an artist and so unhappy as a human being.

Honestly, it wouldn't surprise me one bit if this was true. But the thing is, there's no way to prove it now. It doesn't serve to exonerate Jackson from the accusations that still cloud his reputation three years after his death. This book, like most biographies, seems like it simply repackages a bunch of existing facts and rumors into something the author hopes will be salacious enough to boost sales.

While Untouchable may be, as the LA Times puts it, "the most comprehensive effort to chronicle the hot mess of Jackson's last half-decade on Earth," I'm not sure who this depressing account is aimed for. Fans are likely tired of digging through Jackson's tragic dysfunctions, and the rest of us -- well, we don't really care.

Do you think it's true that Jackson died a virgin? Will you be reading this biography?

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  • gridi...


    November 19, 2012 at 5:02 PM
    How could he have died a virgin but fathered three children? Claim sperm donation then ivf?
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    Connor Livingston

    November 19, 2012 at 5:13 PM
    In The Closet, Break Of Dawn, Superfly Sister. Listen to these songs and tell me that MJ Died a virgin.
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    Cathy Taylor

    November 20, 2012 at 1:38 AM
    You'd have to be a moron to believe that Michael Jackson was a virgin! There aren't many virgins out there that have 3 biological children! And I agree with Connor Livingston, Michael had many sexual songs that you can tell were written from experience, Michael himself has said the song Dirty Diana was the true story of a groupie which he had personally experienced...not to mention the sensual way he moved on stage! This book is total B.S.
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    LaMere Carol

    November 20, 2012 at 10:12 AM
    I worked for Michael for years and it is obvious you shouldn't write a book about someone...YOU DON'T KNOW!!!!!!!!
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    Karen Moriarty

    November 26, 2012 at 10:12 PM
    MJ Fans! Check out Defending A King ~ His Life & Legacy (, the COUNTERPOINT to Sullivan's newly released tabloid-like book that, sadly, perpetuates many myths and untruths about MJ. This Readers Favorite 5-star book was written by Dr. Karen Moriarty ... for MJ fans ... to vindicate and to celebrate Michael. Its contributors really knew MJ and loved him. Available as a paperback, ebook, and iPad format, Defending A King ~ His Life & Legacy can be ordered from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Outskirts Press from anywhere in the world. Like Us On Facebook: Defending A King ~ His Life & Legacy
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    Jerilyn Bridges

    December 3, 2012 at 6:43 AM

     This guy wasn't an angel: He wasn't a virgin! He was as manipulative as any musician could be! Too bad he go caught up in his own mess!

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    January 2, 2013 at 12:59 PM
    You would have to be a fool to believe he died a virgin.
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    Tina Goff

    March 8, 2013 at 2:38 PM

    I have no interest in this book.  I just wanted to point out that it makes me really happy to see TheStir posting about a book (any book) that isn't TWILIGHT/50SHADES crap.  You know...  That's a category up there ^^, where you can click on a topic.   TheStir->Entertainment->Books.  For an incredibly long time there haven't been any posts about any books...  Just the two same books that are badly written junk, and one happens to be fan fiction of the other.  Way to go Stir.  You finally got your head out of the sand and posted a book related post in the BOOK SECTION.  

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    Nikki Matchett

    August 9, 2013 at 11:06 AM

    I just have one thing to say...Michael did NOT die a virgin...if any one of you failed to see the *Lisa Marie Presley* Interview with Oprah, she did in fact say that their marriage was consumated.  Also, he would never or could never harm a you all have to stop with these stories...they are affecting his family to this day...people are so cruel.  A true Loyal Fan...oxxo RIP little buddy

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    Nikki Matchett

    August 9, 2013 at 11:08 AM

    P.S.  Debbie Rowe also said their children were conceived the old fashion way, same as a billion children in the world...why is this so hard for people to believe...They are the picture of their father and Debbie together...the both of them.  and Blanket is the spittin image of Michael.  So BACK OFF

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