The King of Pop, Lip-Locked?
'The way she made him feel...her'?
Day 280, Week 40, Article 39
The video The Way You Make Me Feel (1988) with Michael Jackson and Tatiana Yvonne (then Tatiana Thumbtzen, pronounced "tum-zen") has received nearly 22 million YouTube hits. Even with this interest, few know of Michael's public displays of affection for the woman he loved till his dying day. Consider what a New York correspondent for a British newspaper wrote. After prominently showing a touching photo of Michael and Tatiana with the caption reading, "'I'm really in love with her,' the Pop star admitted," the article went on to say:
"Superstar Michael Jackson stunned thousands of his fans-by kissing in public for the first time. The girl who received the smacker is his new love, model Tatiana Thumbtzen. And it came when the couple danced together on stage during a concert in New York. 'They were doing their number from the video they filmed together,' said a close friend. 'They don't kiss in [the video],' the article quotes the eyewitness as saying. 'But this time their lips met...and lingered.'" (MICHAEL!) The article continues: "Those who know Michael were stunned. It was the first time he's kissed in public. He's usually very careful about that sort of thing." ("Playa" gene on the loose!)
"Michael, 29, flipped for 25-year-old Tatiana the moment she showed up to audition for his video The Way You Make Me Feel nine months ago. Tatiana said, 'During the one stunt I accidentally fell down. He offered to help dust me down. (Dawg!) He started by brushing his hands against the back of my legs and then he gradually worked his way upwards. (Help me Lawd.) He was gentle but it was very cheeky.' The singer said: 'I didn't think any woman could affect me like this. I'm really in love with her.'" (Brotha!) But, if this is true, then...
Why Didn't They Marry?: According to the King's loyal fans who've followed his royal romances for decades, Frank Dileo (Michael's long-time manager who he reportedly fired) and Karen Faye (Michael's long-time stylist, also reportedly terminated) maneuvered matters so as to prevent Michael from marrying Tatiana. "Dileo couldn't have his moneymaker married," said one fan. "Michael can be heard on the Glenda Tapes as saying, 'Sam says Frank is trying to get Tat in trouble.'" Another fan alleges, "Karen Faye was just jealous of any love interest of Michael's. Even Lisa Marie had Michael fire her!" Whatever the case, friends and family say Michael's love for Tatiana was enduring, and that future wives and secret girlfriends were glorious afterthoughts.
The Paris Pause: On the night that Michael Jackson was finally laid to rest on September 3, 2009, Michael's daughter Paris met Tatiana for the first time. It was at the Jackson Encino compound after the repast. When Paris was told that this "was the girl with the golden brown hair that danced with your father in the video, The Way You Make Me Feel," Paris' eyes lit up. She then took a deep, joyful sigh and said, "Oh! Wow! Really?" Her radiant smile brought unanticipated warmth to Tatiana's heart, so, she responded, "Come here Sweetie and give me a hug." Paris wrapped her loving arms around Tatiana's waist and squeezed ever so gentle. "It felt as if Michael was hugging me through her," said a teary-eyed Tatiana. Paris' behavior toward Tatiana is significant. Michael trusted the child prodigy's judge of character implicitly in certain matters. He seriously embraced me and took me into his confidence after Paris reacted to me in a positive, trusting way.
Tatiana's Timely T-Shirt: Paris was wearing a pink t-shirt with Michael's picture on it when she and Tatiana met. An idea was subconsciously planted in Tatiana's mind that would later serve to express her desire to see justice done in Michael's case. Months later, the Paris-inspired idea reached fruition with a "Justice for Michael" t-shirt emblazon with the one and only photo of her kissing a cherubic-faced Michael on the cheek. (Visit www.firpocarr.com for info on obtaining one.) "Please help me seek justice for Michael by wearing the t-shirt," says Tatiana, "especially during Justice Week starting Monday, April 5, 2010, the next court date for Dr. Conrad Murray." Peace. Out.