Pop legend Michael Jackson had courted one or the other controversy throughout his career. And his legacy lives on even as he is no more. Remembering Jackson close to his death anniversary, the pop star’s personal photographer Harrison Funk has made some revelations about the singer.
Funk, who worked with Jackson from the 1970s until his death in June 2009, claims he was ‘gender-fluid’. He said that Jackson’s make-up routine was a sign that he did not solely identify with one gender.
Speaking to The Guardian, Funk said, “Him and Jermaine (Jackson) loved putting on their own makeup… It wasn’t so much femininity on Michael’s part as androgyny he was fluid around gender. Michael had no interest in assigning a gender to anybody. He didn’t overtly identify as one particular gender.”
According to Funk, his image changed to that “of father” when Jackson had kids — Prince, Paris, and Blanket. “He became a strong man in that sense,” the photographer added.
Further, in the conversation, Funk also revealed that Michael Jackson became prone to dramatic outbursts during his Victory Tour of the US and Canada in 1984.
”Michael had very demanding moments. If he didn’t like something, he let you know. Michael was never ridiculing to me ever, but if someone messed up the design of his stage, then he would yell at them. He expected perfection,” he continued.
Michael Jackson died of acute propofol and benzodiazepine intoxication at his residence in LA on 25 June 2009.