Michael Jacksonâs BAD Album Re-Released On 25th Anniversary<br />

Siedah Garrett and Michael Jackson

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with my attorney or my dentist in the elevator and his music is in the elevator. He’s everywhere. I can’t not listen to what we did because it’s everywhere. I listen to it all the time whether I want to or not.

EBONY: Is it still difficult for you to listen to it?

SIEDAH GARRETT: No, no, no, no. I cherish that time we had together. It just makes me smile. It makes me happy and sad at the same time. Just sad because I’ll never repeat it, but happy that I got to experience it in the first place.

EBONY: What would people be surprised to find out about him that they might not know or wouldn’t think?

SIEDAH GARRETT: Here’s the thing. This is what you should take away. Whenever you were in his presence, I mean, he’s the King of Pop and the most recognized face on the planet second only to Muhammad Ali. I was often surprised to find out that he felt he had as much to learn from you as you did from him. So he treated you accordingly. Everyone was a teacher to him. He had something to learn from everybody. If he appreciated your creative artistry, he was that much more into you.

EBONY: So there’s the tribute song, “Keep On Loving You,” to your dear friend. What other things are you doing?

SIEDAH GARRETT: I’m just mostly focused on the re-release of this record and talking about my love for Michael and promoting my single that describes my relationship with him. There’s so many good things I have to look forward to in life and new opportunities that arise every day because of my association with him. I mean, he is the gift that keeps on giving.

NOTE: Michael Jackson’s memorial service on July 7, 2009, at the Staples Center ended with an empty, darkened platform illuminated by a spotlight beaming on a microphone placed center stage as an instrumental version of “Man in the Mirror” softly played in the background. 

Margena A. Christian is Senior Writer for EBONY. Follow her on Twitter @MargenaXan