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In late January, an investigative documentary coined Leaving Neverland was premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in Utah. Directed by Dan Reed the highly controversial film explored sexual abuse allegations against the late Michael Jackson. While publications like Variety described it as “devastatingly powerful and convincing testimony that Michael Jackson was guilty of child sexual abuse”, the world was (and still is) ultimately divided on the topic. Now, in the latest wave of controversy, Elton John has revealed exactly what he thought of the ’90s pop star.

In the midst of John’s world tour and off the back of his biopic film Rocketman, the musical icon has released his new autobiography titled Me: Elton John. Within the pages are said to be stunning revelations of the notorious music industry including his run-ins with Michael Jackson.

“I’d known Michael since he was 13 or 14,” John writes. “He was just the most adorable kid you could imagine. But at some point in the intervening years, he started sequestering himself away from the world and away from reality, the way Elvis Presley did.” John goes on to describe Jackson’s toxic relationship with prescription medication, though that has since become common knowledge. “God knows what was going on in his head, and God knows what prescription drugs he was being pumped full of, but every time I saw him in his later years I came away thinking that the poor guy had totally lost his marbles. I don’t mean that in the lighthearted way. He was genuinely mentally ill, a disturbing person to be around.”

The book also goes on to speak about a number of celebrity encounters including his friendship with Princess Diana and the time he criticised Bob Dylan’s style. Shop Me: Elton John here.