Age 12, 1970:
MJ: I like dey legs big and I like them with pretty big eyes (laughs) and uh, let me see what else do I like about girls?
Brother: How about their personality, Mike? (laughs)
MJ: Yeah, I like their personality. That’s one thing I like about them.
Questionaire Answered By Michael, 1970
The Qualities I Look For In A Girl Are:
Eyes, legs, personality.
MJ: I haven’t really had any girlfriends yet, but I’ll tell you what I’d like to find in a girl. She has to have a good personality. I wouldn’t want to go out with a girl unless I had talked to her for a while, seen what she’s like, asked her a lot of questions.
Super Soul, 1971
Me: “Mike, let’s talk about Jermaine first. Do you get along with Jermaine as well as with your friends?”
Michael: “Jermaine and I have a lot of groovy times together! We get along very well and hardly ever fight like a lot of brothers with a big age difference do! Jermaine is the kind of older brother you can dig. cause he’s not the type that thinks he’s smarter just because he’s an older brother.”
Me: “What do you think is the thing that’s most different between you and Jermaine?”
Michael: “There’s a big difference in the kind of girls we like. People say I’m full of energy, and I guess that’s why I like lively girls who laugh and talk a lot. Jermaine is more cool. He digs girls who are the foxy type, mysterious and quiet.”
Jackson 5 Fax, 1972
Michael: I wish girls wouldn’t think they have to be some kind of super-girl for me-or any of my brothers-to dig them. But I guess it’s because we’re in show business they think our ideas about girls are so different from other guys.
Star: What do you like in an girl, Michael?
Michael: I think personality’s the most important thing of all. I dig chicks who are on the lively side, who love to laugh and talk.
Black Stars, November 1976
“A young lady’s physical beauty can by no means outshine the inner beauty that radiates from her inner heart and spirit. The kindness of a girl is more important than anything, really, to be honest about it.”
From a generic questionnaire filled out by 18-year-old Michael Jackson in 1977
Would you like to get married?
Later in life
What kind of girl/boy would you like to marry?
How many children would you like to have?
20. Adopted. All races
Briefly describe your dream girl/boy
Beautiful in every way
What type of person do you usually dislike?
Francesco Scavullo, Magic/Madness, Sometime in the 70s/80s
Photographer Francesco Scavullo once recalled of Michael, “He asked me, ‘What do you do about falling in love? Are you afraid they’re just after you for what you can do for them?’ And I said ‘Michael, you can’t live your life that way. You have to take a chance.’”
Special Edition of Right On magazine, 50 Facts About Michael, 1984
28. A soft, sexy scent will make Michael turn his attention to you.
31. Balloons, balloons, and more balloons are what Michael would send you if you were his special girl.
37. He loves singing romantic songs more than any other kind.
38. Michael loves having long telephone conversations with special ladies.
39. Michael thinks Japan is a wonderful country to fall in love because of its beauty and romance.
41. Go on a roller coaster with Michael and you’ll his win his heart. The scarier the better.
Katherine Jackson’s Bio, 1990
The most tired rumor of all was the rumor that Michael was gay.
All I can say is, Michael is not gay. He intends to settle down and get married one day. We’ve talked about it. And he will.
I wish he did have that special someone to share his life with right now; his life would be richer. I think that, deep down, he does, too.
I think the reason why he’s had so few relationships in recent years, is that he’s been approached so many times by women who are so obviously looking for that pot of gold at the end of the rainbow that he’s grown wary. Michael wrote about this type of woman — I call her a status seeker — in his song “Dirty Diana.”
When Michael was younger he joked that “when the love bug bites me, that’s when I’m going to marry.” By 1989 he was telling me, “The woman I marry will have to have a lot of money herself. That’s the only way I’ll know for sure that she’s not marrying me for my money.”
And yet, Michael seems happy. Even though he knows that he will never be able to live a “normal” life, he seems comfortable with his fame. I believe that when he’s good and ready to get married, he’ll do it, despite the inevitable press uproar.
REBBIE: Even if Michael were to find the “perfect” woman tomorrow, I think that he would be reluctant to subject her to the incredible scrutiny that he’s subjected to every day.
Even if Michael’s wife did manage to adapt to life in a fish bowl, she’d also have to cope with the reality of Michael attending meetings, and members of his entourage constantly pulling on him. Some of these people, no doubt, would view her as no more than a competitor for Michael’s time.
Glenda Tapes, June 1992
M: I just… wanna know what its like, girl, to have a real relationship with someone who doesn’t want me for me – that I dont, I don’t have to look over my shoulder all the time.
G: That doesn’t have an ulterior motive?
M: Yeah, that doesn’t question me… I mean..(i) I don’t… and, and.. like La Toya said in her book.. she said, either I am going to have to find somebody who doesn’t even know who the heck I am -
M: Orrr..oorr deal with somebody who’s career is equally as important, or equally like mine..
G: Well.. a nix to both of those.
Shmuley Tapes, 2000/1
MJ: I want someone who is a lot like me, who has the same interests and who wants to help. The ones who are classy and quiet and not into all the sex and all the craziness because I am not into that. I do not understand alot of the things that go on in relationships and I do not know if I ever will. Mean things and vulgar things with their bodies. I do not understand it and it has hurt my past relationships.
SB:Have you ever found girls who like practical jokes that you like? Have you ever found a woman who collects comics?
MJ: It is a rarity. If I find one I will go nuts. Especially, if she has those qualities and is beautiful inside. It would be a home run for me.
MJ: I think sexy comes from the heart in the way you present yourself.
SB: Have you ever found women who are a bit more modest to be more attractive for that reason?
MJ: Yeah. I don’t like women who are always saying, “My nails need to be done. I have to do my toes. I need a manicure.” I hate all that. I lke it when girls are a little bit more tomboyish. If they wrestle, climb a tree….. I love that. It is sexier to me. I like class, though. Class is everything.
SB:Celebrities are targets for people who marry them for wrong reasons, their fortune and their name. But don’t you know when someone is interested in you for the wrong reasons?
MJ: You don’t know.
It is hard because the women today can do a good job of faking it. I mean a real good job. They are smooth. Look in the Bible. Women have taken the most powerful men down to nothing because of what’s between their legs.
SB: Can you immediately tell innocence?
MJ: Right away although I find it harder to tell with women because they’re so smooth. But with men I can usually tell, because they are more open and like puppies, while girls are more like cats. You know how if you’ve been on vacation and you get home and a puppy is all over you, while with a cat, it’s “Hey I don’t need you, you come over here and pick me up”. They give you attitude. They’ll walk right by you even though they haven’t see you in three months. Women are very smart. Walt Disney always said they are smarter than men and he always hired more women.