Michael Jackson was a legend in the music industry, he inspired more than a few artists and contributed to not just music but dance and fashion worldwide. 11 years after the pop singer’s death, his Ex- Bodyguard, Matt Fiddes, has opened up about the accusations levelled at the late artist and the alleged ‘Secret Child Room’
Rumours of the King of Pop’s child abuse circled vehemently last year after the release of the documentary, Leaving Neverland: Michael Jackson and me. It featured two men, Wade Robson and James Safechuck, who claimed they were sexually abused by the artist. The wake of this documentary brought about a string of reactions from viewers and fans, most of whom were shocked and outraged by these allegations. His family strongly denied these claims.
Now an entrepreneur and celebrity personal trainer, Michael Jackson’s ex-bodyguard denied these allegations. “The timing was very obvious. The thing that they missed out of the documentary is that they are suing MJ for hundreds of millions of dollars”, Said Fiddes speaking on podcast The Scott McGlynn show.
On claims of a ‘Secret Child Room’ in the late musician’s residence, the entrepreneur had more to say. In the same interview, the ex-bodyguard revealed the panic room was already inbuilt when the ranch was bought.
“They [critics] try and tell you that he built a secret child room but that was there when he bought the house, it was actually a panic room.” He informed the audience “The guy was a multi-billionaire and it was completely normal to have a panic room”
Fiddes further clarified that people would “Parachute in” raising alarms and the singer would be asked to retreat to the panic room. “So, it was not a secret room, it is the most ridiculous stuff that people make up.” Said the entrepreneur.
As an ex-bodyguard of a legend, Matt Fiddes shared his views about the documentary and said he was “fuming” at such a take and since the accused wasn’t there to defend himself. “He had one thousand lawsuits in his life, if I remember correctly. People were always out to get money, it was a daily occurrence. People would do anything to try and meet him.”
As a global sensation, Michael Jackson’s sexuality was always in question, even though the star had married and divorced two women and was the father of three children, it was rumoured that he was gay. “He’d always try and promote that he was single. That was the way he was trained by his record label, ‘Don’t let your fan base down’. That was always in his mind and he wanted to keep that mystery going.” Replied the ex-bodyguard when asked.
“It is a shame his reputation has been tarnished by these crazy allegations.” Said Fiddes. Michael Jackson was accused of child molestation and was taken to trial where he was found not guilty in 2005.