Born on the 29th of August 1958, in Gary, Indiana, Chicago, Michael was the eighth of ten children to an African-American family. He attended Montclair college prep, his elementary, where he gained interest in music. Michael had a troubled relationship with his father. In an interview Michael admitted that when he was a boy, he regularly got whipped by his father, also that he had often cried from loneliness and he would vomit on the sight of his father. He also stated that his father used to physically as well verbally as abuse him, saying that he had a fat nose on numerous occasions. This was one of the reasons why Michael got a nose surgery done.
Michael’s interest in music led to him joining the band, Jackson 5, formed and consisted of his 3 brothers and sister, where he was a backup musician and played the congas and tambourine and he soon began his solo career in 1971. His album Thriller was and still is the best-selling album of all time which sold over 130 million copies world-wide and he won 13 Grammy awards for the album! During filming videos for the album, Michael suffered from a skin disease called vitiligo which was a disease that peeled of