Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Jacko's darkest secret

Living-in nanny of 12 years exposes Michael Jackson's darkest secrets

Grace Rwaramba, the 42 year-old woman who spent five years as Michael Jackson’s secretary and then 12 year’s as his children’s nanny was probably the closest person Michael Jackson had and he often trusted her with his life.

Grace, in her first interview ever, breaks her silence and reveals how Michael lived in a friend’s basement like a rat for weeks on because he was broke, how his children were often neglected and at times afraid of him…how he preferred to spend thousands of dollars in benefactor money in antiques and posh hotels at a time when his children didn’t have a home or even a tutor to give them basic elementary education…how she often pumped his stomach after an overdose of drugs.

Uganda-born Grace revealed she fled America to join British TV interviewer Daphne Barak at her Swiss holiday home after she was abruptly sacked by ailing Jackson just two months ago. And on Thursday she screamed with shock as she learned of his death.

Grace told Daphne: “I took these babies in my arms on the first day of each of their lives. They are my babies.”

Grace claims she was sacked by Jackson because she was getting too close to the children but had fully expected to be reinstated soon.

She said he routinely fired her then begged her to return as he was unable to look after himself never mind the three children.

She told Daphne: “These poor babies. . . I was getting phone calls that they were being neglected. Nobody was cleaning the rooms because Michael didn’t pay the housekeeper.

“I was getting calls telling me Michael was in such a bad shape. He wasn’t clean. He hadn’t shaved. He wasn’t eating well. I used to do all this for him and they were trying to get me to go back.”

Grace claimed that while she gave the children a loving and stable influence they had a cold, uneasy and sterile relationship with their oddball father, with whom she was at the centre of marriage rumours in 2006. She said: “I used to hug and laugh with them. But when Michael was around they froze. I really miss Blanket
. He makes me laugh. Only recently, he decided to do a concert for me. He was so cute, singing Billy Jean and other songs by his father.

“I was laughing so hard. Prince and Paris were playing around. It was such a happy moment. Then suddenly Michael walked in and the kids just looked frightened. Michael was so angry.”

As for the masks Jacko made the kids wear in public, Grace revealed: “They didn’t like them. It wasn’t my idea. I hated it as well. So whenever I had a chance I misplaced the masks or ‘forgot’ to pack them.

“Michael always got angry. But what was most shocking to me is that the children don’t even have a teacher. They can’t play with other children and don’t have a teacher to help them learn about the world.”

Grace also said Jackson had permitted the Nation of Islam to exert an influence over him and his children.

She said: “He allowed this woman from the Nation of Islam… she was so cold and didn’t know how to hold them or how to hug them.”

Last night Jacko’s close pal Deepak Chopra confirmed: “The kids love Grace and kids called her mum. And she was the only person that told Michael the truth about his life.”

Grace also revealed to Barak how Jackson had overdosed on drugs before.

She had to step in quickly to save his life. Jacko was taking a deadly daily drug cocktail including up to three powerful narcotic pain relievers, including the potent Demerol.

Grace said: “I had to pump Michael’s stomach out many times.”

The nanny told how the 2005 child abuse case left Jackson with so little money he relied entirely on handouts and cash loans from friends.

Astonishingly she told Barak, who had recorded a series of TV inteviews with her, that even when he DID get money he preferred to blow it staying in strings of posh hotels rather than providing a stable home.

She said: “The truth is Michael didn’t have money. One day out of the blue he received some cash but instead of buying a house somewhere so we didn’t have to keep moving from one hotel to another or stay with friends, he told me, ‘Go to Florence and buy antiques.’

“He asked me to spend £600,000. But we didn’t even have a home so we had to put them all into storage.”

Grace told how Jacko had so little understanding of financial matters that cash had to be paid into HER bank account, then drawn out and given to him like pocket money.

She said that after the 2005 child abuse case he was left skint and his brother Jermaine “connected him” to Sheikh Abdullah, son of the mega-wealthy King of Bahrain.

She said Abdullah “sponsored” Jackson - paying for lawyers and other huge expenses - because he thought the singer was going to create a charity and make a CD with him.

Grace said that after Abdullah later sued Jacko, the singer at first denied ever getting money from him.

But she added: “Michael just did not have a clue about have money.

“The Nation of Islam was telling him that the house we had in Los Angeles, after Neverland was sold, cost £60,750 a month.

“But I checked with many real estate agencies. To rent this house should not have cost more than £12,000-15,000.

“And once he got a £600,000 offer to make an appearance in Japan. But there were a lot of different business parties involved and I warned him that by the time everyone took their cut he would end up with a very small amount. He didn’t want to hear. He flew to Japan and got £121,500.

“Then he got a second proposal to go to Japan and this time there was only £121,500 on the table.

“He went and then decided on the spur of the moment to attend the birthday party of the son of Sultan of Brunei. He spent all the money from Japan staying in a big expensive hotel.”

Grace revealed how, shortly before his death, Jackson was forced to bed down in the New Jersey basement of one of his former employees.

“We were running out of friends,” said Grace. “But we suddenly showed up at the home of Frank Tyson. Now Frank’s family isn’t rich. They have a small house. But we stayed there for weeks. I felt so bad.”

Grace also feared the pressure of his forthcoming London O2 comeback tour had taken its toll on Jackson.

She believed he was in such a state that he did not even REALISE he had signed up for 50 dates.

The tour had been eagerly awaited as the King of Pop had not set foot on stage since a disastrous appearance at the World Music Awards in 2006, when he managed to sing only two lines of We Are The World.

Grace said: “Fifty performances! I said, ‘What are you doing?’ He said ‘I signed only for 10′. He didn’t know what he was signing. He never did.”

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