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David Gest Remembers Michael Jackson

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“The Michael Jackson I will remember was smart, articulate and made me laugh. His death was a huge shock but it brought back so many happy memories."

Such are thoughts of David Gest, the sexually ambiguous ex-husband of Liza Minnelli turned British reality TV "star". Like many of Michael's famous comrades, Gest has come out in support of his friend, revering the man he once knew and openly discussing the musician as he once knew him.

Their life-long friendship, starting in their young teens, resulted in Gest getting to know a side of Jackson rarely seen and reveals some interesting facts about the artist.

For example, Gest recalls that out of his magnificent body of work, Michael's favorite songs were Man In The Mirror and Heal The World. He also reveals that some of Michael's favorite contemporary artists were Beyonce, Eminem and Dr Dre,.

But his biggest reveal was the pairs shared passion for plastic surgery, beginning in the early 80s. While Gest grew out of the fascination, he explains that Michael did not, always insisting he could look better and falling prey to the sales pitches of a plastic surgeon.

I begged him not to have any more, I said, ‘Your nose is perfect’, but the plastic surgeon we were using kept encouraging him to have more procedures. I believe he was just trying to keep the relationship going with Michael, but he wasn’t being honest with him. Even his family tried to say enough is enough. This guy made a fortune on my nose, Michael’s nose, Janet’s nose and La Toya’s nose. Tito and Jackie were smart, they left their noses alone.”

Gest also recalls the troubled relationship between Michael and his father, Joe Jackson:

Michael was scared of Joe. Michael and I would take trips just to get away from him. Joe was always demanding but he wasn’t a bad man — he perhaps went about things the wrong way but what he truly wanted was more for his kids than he had. Joe eventually mellowed and Michael didn’t resent him like people think he did. Later in life, they got to know each other and made peace.”

But what Gest mostly remembers is a caring and giving man he was privileged enough to call his friend:

“There will never be another Michael Jackson — he was a musical innovator, a great dancer and you know what else? He was one hell of a friend."

[Image via WENN.]

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30 comments to “David Gest Remembers Michael Jackson”

  1. 1

    So sad. RIP Michael. xx

  2. 2

    Surprised that David Guest could be so senitmental and articulate.

  3. 3


    its so sad…. he really had a tragic life… he was used by everybody, first his own parents and the leechers who kept making money on him… bastards

  4. 4

    guest wasnt much of a friend because he did not help his " friend " quit drugs .

  5. 5

    No, their will NEVER be another like him.

  6. 6

    really tired of how these 'celebrities' remember jackson AND others that have passed. always wonder how much is true since the other person is gone. I mean, is it just an oral blow job FOR THEM saying HEY, I hung out with jackson? These people who say they were michael's 'friends' -did jackson know they were his friends? did any of these friends give to him or did everyone just take?

  7. 7

    really really cool

  8. itis says – reply to this


    Dyerwlf…..Michael Jackson was cleared of all charges regarding child molestation. Reason being that there was a lot of conflicting testimony. I'm tired of people calling him a pedophile when we have no proof that he was. I do believe he made some poor judgements (sleeping in the same bed with some children) which made him vulnerable to those that prayed on him for $$$$$. It's sad that just because someone has been accused of something…. to many, he is guilty.

  9. 9

    although i obviously never knew michael personally, i knew he was an amazing artist and performer. i had tickets for the O2 arena concerts to finally see him as i have dreamt for many years, i was devistated when i realised he had died. he was amazing and will never be forgotten. i just wish that he was treat descently like he should have been while he was alive, but he is in a better place now. RIP michael you will never be forgotten. xxxxxx

  10. 10

    Ooooooooo gag me! What a CREEP! I wouldn't want to be remembered by this creature. The only thing they had in common was too much plastic surgery.

  11. 11

    "openly discussing the musician as he once knew him"? What instrument did Michael play??? I don't think I have ever seen him play an instrument.

  12. 12

    why cant anyone just leave michael alone, he was cleared of all child abuse charges and that makes him innocent. and if people dont like him they should keep there disgusting comments to themselves, because whatever anyone thinks they know he was and always will be the king of pop, just let him RIP. x RIP michael. xx

  13. 13

    ewww anyone who thinks plastic surgery buddies is endearing is delusional. He killed himself..life goes on. He's not any more important than anyone else who dies. In fact, he is the least important compared to say someone you actually know..like a family member??? Remember them or do you all just care about this creeper who illegally took children and slept naked in there beds…geez people. Its like a g-damn conspiracy around here.

  14. 14

    Re: Icewoman

    He played piano….

  15. 15

    Look how handsome Michael was in this picture! God Bless Michael and his family and friends….PeacE!

  16. 16

    He should have left his face the way it was right here!!! He looks really good…but he wanted to be a child forever…He never had one. When he hit his adolescence he wanted to forever be young…Hence neverland ranch, befriending kids (which I don't think he ever touched sexually)…He definitely had metal health issues that most likely never go addressed. No one told him no, or said what he was doing was weird…let him keep on doing strange things. Michael was a music legend and still is…But he was never a pedophile…his children loved him and other children loved him…From every source I've ever read, he had innocent, and childish relationships with kids. What a sad life to live…his music was what he lived for.

  17. 17

    WHat a LOAD of bollocks! You realise Guest is a pathological liar , right?

  18. 18

    Re: mrsdanielcraig – Agree. very honest and touching. and it reveals that michael and his dad did make some peace, which is nice to know.

  19. MP says – reply to this


    That butcher should have his medical license taken away.

  20. 20

    Wow, never knew Guest was so human

  21. 21

    Re: rubysoho – bitch your ass obviously cares about him did you not take the time out of your life that you could be spending with a "family member"to talk shit about a dead icon if you dont like him fine but tryin to degrade him wont make a least of difference people will still mourn and he will still be the best artist to every walk this earth hate it all you want and he didnt touch or sleep with any of those boys naked let the rumors go you seem no more than a loser blogger who only report shit THEY HEARD


  22. 22

    I honestly do not know how Joe Jackson can live with what he has done. It should have been him, not Michael. That man is the ugly one, look at HIS face! UGLY M—– Fu__ker!

  23. 23

    Perez, you shouldn't write about Michael Jackson until you apologize for accusing him of faking his death in the first place. Take responsibility for what you've said.

  24. 24

    If you have already not done so, please watch "Living with Michael Jackson, Take Two," (Michael's story). This will clear some of the lingering questions you might have of Martin Bashir.

    RIP Michael. God Bless, pray for his children.

  25. 25

    Why did you sell your Michael stuff David?

  26. 26

    I love David Gest!

  27. 27

    Are you going to quote every meandering non entity who is on the MJ death bandwagon. ??????? A pop star dies after year of drug abuse……


  28. 28

    RIP Michael….you are loved and missed…you are finally at peace with our heavenly father.

  29. 29

    Did you all read that? His favorite contemporary artists include beyonce, dr. dre and EMINEM! Perez, when the king of pop sees something in an artist that you always put down, you know your wrong!

  30. 30

    David Gest is just NASTY!!!!!!!!!!
    It's just WRONG to even mention his name in the same paragraph as Michael… :(