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The Michael Jackson interview that shocked Australia: Resurfaced 60 Minutes footage shows the late pop star aged 29 addressing his 'love for children' before his manager interrupts after a difficult question

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a woman wearing sunglasses: The Michael Jackson interview that shocked Australia: 60 Minutes footage of the late pop star aged 29 has resurfaced © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited The Michael Jackson interview that shocked Australia: 60 Minutes footage of the late pop star aged 29 has resurfaced Michael Jackson was the subject of countless bizarre headlines.

From an obsession with plastic surgery to claims of paedophilia, no topic was untouched.

However a 60 Minutes Australia interview with the late King Of Pop from 1987 has resurfaced online, that asks the man himself what's real and what's not. 

The interview took place in a hotel room in Tokyo, Japan, in 1987, during Michael's Bad World Tour.

Michael, who was 29 at the time, hand-picked veteran music critic Molly Meldrum to interview him for his first major TV interview of that decade.

Dressed in a red shirt, a black patterned varsity jacket and with his eyes concealed behind narrow-frame black sunglasses, the Thriller hit-maker was joined by his longtime manager, Frank DiLeo.

Molly delved into the tough issues, including the countless bizarre headlines that had surrounded Michael, including child sexual abuse allegations.

a man in a white shirt: Remaining silent: Michael's manager Frank DiLeo [pictured] interrupted the interview in Tokyo, Japan, in 1987, when interviewer Molly Meldrum asked which bizarre headlines are true © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Remaining silent: Michael's manager Frank DiLeo [pictured] interrupted the interview in Tokyo, Japan, in 1987, when interviewer Molly Meldrum asked which bizarre headlines are true

Michael later went to trial in 2005, upon accusations of Gavin Arvizo, a 13-year-old boy who the entertainer had befriended and invited to his Neverland Ranch. 

Michael was indicted with counts of molesting a minor, intoxicating a minor, attempted child molestation, conspiring to hold the boy captive, as well as conspiring to commit extortion and child abduction.

June 13, 2005, saw the jury deliver a verdict of not guilty on all fourteen charges.   

Quizzed by Molly as to how much of the sensational claims made against him are true, Michael paused, before his manager Frank jumped in.

a group of people standing in a room: 'I love children and animals': Michael, who changed the game and introduced break dancing into mainstream music, went on to reveal his love for children and animals © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited 'I love children and animals': Michael, who changed the game and introduced break dancing into mainstream music, went on to reveal his love for children and animals

'I'll answer that question, if you don't mind,' Frank began. 'It hurts me and if it hurts me, I know it hurts Michael. He's a little more blasé about it than I am. He just sort of shrugs it off. But I find it very terrible of some of the stuff that is written.'

Michael was forthcoming however when it came to discussing how he would use disguises to sneak into movie theatres.

'I like to sneak into theatres without being noticed sometimes,' Michael began. 'I have incredible disguises. I can fool my own mother and I enjoy doing it because I get to see life the way it really is.'

Michael, who changed the game and introduced break dancing into mainstream music, went on to reveal his love for children and animals.

'I love children and animals and Quincy [Jones, record producer] and Frank [DiLeo, his manager] and that's what's so wonderful about travelling. I get to see all the cultures, the people and the children, it's wonderful,' he said. 

a person wearing a costume: Passing: Michael died age 50 in June 2009 of acute propofol and benzodiazepine intoxication at his Los Angeles home © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Passing: Michael died age 50 in June 2009 of acute propofol and benzodiazepine intoxication at his Los Angeles home Michael added that his one wish is for world peace and to make the world a better place.

'One of the main ones would be as simple as making the whole world happy and world peace, and that is part of the reason why I do what I do,' Michael said.

Michael died age 50 in June 2009 of cardiac arrest, and left behind an incredible music legacy, and his three children, daughter Paris, and sons Prince and Blanket.  

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Joe Jackson standing posing for the camera: Janet Jackson poses with her father at the premiere of the comedy film "Nutty Professor II: The Klumps" in Universal City, Calif., in 2000. Joe Jackson buried in same cemetery as son Michael Jackson

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