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Skin ailment was a fib, Jackson didn't want to be black: Jones

music Updated: Jul 06, 2009 03:22 IST

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Pop legend Michael Jackson's producer Quincy Jones has claimed that the singer lied about his skin condition and just "didn't want to be black".

The music mogul, who worked on Jackson's Bad and Thriller albums, said the pair used to discuss the King Of Pop's altering appearance and the latter had always put any changes down to a disease that lightened his skin from black to white, reports

"I don't believe in any of that bulls**t, no. No. Never. I've been around junkies and stuff all my life. I've heard every excuse. It's like smokers - 'I only smoke when I drink' and all that stuff. But it's bulls**t," said Jones.

"You're justifying something that's destructive to your existence. But when somebody's hell-bent on it, you can't stop 'em. What his face turned into is ridiculous. Chemical peels and all of it. And I don't understand it. But he obviously didn't want to be black. You see his kids?" he added.

Jones also revealed he had no idea why Jackson had such an issue with his looks.

"He'd come up with, 'Man, I promise you I have this disease,' and so forth, and 'I have a blister on my lungs,' and all that. It's hard, because Michael's a Virgo, man - he's very set in his ways. You can't talk him out of it.

"I'm just a musician and a record producer. I'm not a psychiatrist. I don't understand all that stuff. We all got problems," he explained.