Remembering Michael Jackson
Michael Jackson was a true genius; when he was on stage, everyone watched him. He had a rare gift that inspired people of every race, in every country, right across the world.
We got on well; Michael loved to feel young and had a wonderful childlike quality: he was simple, kind and genuine. We all know he had a troubled childhood, but he also had a big heart and tried to help thousands of deprived and ill children.
A few years ago, Michael came to Harrods to do some shopping and I asked him if he would like to watch a game of football with me.
He accepted and I remember how excited he was, sitting in my box at Fulham watching the game progress. He enjoyed himself, and it showed, but the last time I saw him he looked different. I told him he looked ill, but he wouldn’t listen.
I hope that Michael is now at peace and pray that people will remember him as he should be remembered; as one of the most influential musical legends the world has ever seen.
Mr Al Fayed unveiled a commemorative statue of Michael Jackson at Fulham Football Club, on Sunday 3 April, 2011 at 12 noon, to honour the friendship he shared with the legendary performer. The following year, the statue was shortlisted for The Marsh Award for Excellence in Public Sculpture 2012. View more