New Recordings Reveal That Michael Jackson Couldn't Stand Prince
"He was so rude. One of rudest people I have ever met."
Prince and Michael Jackson are two of the most well-loved icons in music history - too bad they pretty much hated each other.
Both Prince and MJ were megastars during their heyday, so the rivalry that developed between the two was to be expected.
However, new recordings discovered by The Mirror reveal just how much the King of Pop disliked his contemporary. The rants were recorded for his 1988 autobiography, and MJ did not hold back whatsoever.
"I don't like to be compared to Prince at all," Michael said.
"I have proven myself since I was real little," he continued. "It's not fair. He feels like I'm his opponent. I hope he changes because boy, he's gonna get hurt. He's the type that might commit suicide or something."
"He was so rude. One of rudest people I have ever met," he went on. "Prince is very competitive. He has been very mean and nasty to my family."
Michael got even more candid, bringing up a James Brown tribute performance that both he and Prince took part in in 1983. Prince had a mishap when, after he mistook a paper mache lamp post on stage for a real one and tried to swing off of it, he fell into the crowd.
"He made a fool of himself. He was a joke," Michael said of the performance. "People were running and screaming. I was so embarrassed. It was all on video."
Clearly MJ wasn't a Prince fan, and apparently the feeling was mutual. Prince notoriously turned down a starring role in MJ's video for "Bad." He would have played the leader of the rival gang, a role that ultimately went to Wesley Snipes.
Prince commented on his choice not to be in the video during a 1997 interview with Chris Rock.
"The first line in that song is, 'your butt is mine.' Now who gonna sing that to whom?" Prince said. "Because you sure ain't singing that to me. And I sure ain't singing that to you. So right there we got a problem."
Still, it looks like the beef was at least somewhat squashed as the years wore on, in that they mostly refrained from commenting on each other too much.
You can watch Prince's shade-filled interview below.