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Michael and Me: The Untold Story of Michael Jackson's Secret Romance Hardcover – August 29, 2016
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Let me first say that I read the entire book, cover to cover. I read the prologue online a couple months ago and although I was displeased with what I read then, I was hopeful that after reading the whole book, I would get not only a better understanding of Michael and Shana's "relationship," but a better sense of her intentions for writing the book.
Well, after reading, I was able to get a better understanding of Michael and Shana's relationship. There was none. Shana worked for Michael's manager and the only reason he spoke with her consistently during her time there was because she was the receptionist. It was her job to speak to the many celebrities who called in.
Yes, Shana and Michael may have exchanged pleasantries over the office phone (not her home phone, mind you). Yes, Michael politely spoke to and possibly flirted with her when he came into the office. Yes, he put her in two of his short films, Is It Scary and Ghosts. [Please note that she asked him to be in the former. Please also note that she had a very forgettable, non-speaking role in both]. But do these occurrences equate to a relationship, or a "romance" as Shana so eloquently writes in the title? Ask yourself that question and be honest.
The most time Shana Mangatal ever spent with Michael Jackson was during her time as an extra on the set of the aforementioned short films. This fact was apparent early on while reading the book, and it became even more apparent as my reading continued.
For those of you who have actually read the book, please ask yourself why Michael decided to distance himself from Shana. According to the book, her and Michael were intimate during the summer of 1996. After that, the only other time she had contact with him was if it were through an associate/friend or through a chance encounter. She claims to have been invited by Michael to one of his concerts during the HIStory tour and to Neverland, but she never saw or spoke to him during either of these occurrences. In fact, he avoided her. She admits to fishing for information about Michael from his friends and acquaintances. She retrieved information about Michael's personal life from those around him, not from the man himself. She essentially stalked him for years, believing she had a chance even though he got married TWICE and had THREE kids with women other than her. There was no romance between these two. The only person hopelessly in love here was Shana.
But aside from her misrepresenting her "relationship" with Michael, what upsets me the most is her tone on several controversial issues. Her disapproval of his closeness to children, especially "young boys" as she loves to note, is discussed in the book on more than one occasion. She speaks on the vitiligo, the surgeries, his addiction to pain killers, etc.--all spoken about with such a tone that would be overlooked by naive fans, but would allow the media to take her words and manipulate them in an attempt to vilify Michael.
DO NOT BUY THIS BOOK, PLEASE. I understand that after Michael's passing, many fans want to live vicariously through those who were blessed to have been around the man we love so dearly, especially those who claim to have had a personal relationship with him. But please, do not be fooled by those who misrepresent how close they were to him. Remember that any time the name "Michael Jackson" is thrown into the equation, someone is more than likely trying to profit from that association. I didn't believe it initially, but I now believe Shana's intent was to capitalize from her supposed association with Michael. If not, she could have kept her "stories" about Michael online as she has done for years. She could have even offered to donate some of the proceeds from her book sales to Michael's favorite charity. That is the least she could do after breaking her promise to never speak on their affairs.
Do not forget that Michael was a very private person and would not want this type of book to be released. Shana states several times in her book that Michael asked her to keep any private moments they shared to herself. So why is she now coming out with this tell-all book, after he specifically asked her to NEVER share those moments with anyone? Shana's excuse is that she wants everyone to know what kind of man Michael really was, but most of what she wrote has been recycled from other books, interviews, online forums, fan fics, etc. I had an overwhelming sense of déjà vu as I meticulously read each page. Most of what she wrote has been said before by other people in Michael's life, so do not be fooled into thinking that she is saying anything new.
Before you attack those who are questioning Shana's motives, please stop and ask yourself why YOU are so adamant about defending her. We would not even know the name Shana Mangatal had it not been for Michael Jackson. Why are you so quick to defend her over him? Why are some fans so quick to latch themselves on to anyone who claims to have been associated with Michael? I understand that he is no longer with us and some want to live vicariously through others who were around Michael, but please remember that this man had a number of people around him and the vast majority of them did not have good intentions.
For those of you who are curious about the "juicy" details (and I use that term very loosely because there was nothing juicy about this book), please save yourself a few dollars and do a quick Google search for the excerpts you are looking for. The passages you are looking for are out there, and they are free of cost. Please keep your receipt if you have already bought the book, and make use of your store's return policy. Even e-books can be returned.
As a community, we must stop lining the pockets of those who are trying to profit from being associated with Michael--especially those, such as Shana, who promote their fan fics under the guise of having written a positive book about him.
Save your money or buy Michael's 1988 autobiography, Moonwalk, instead.
Michael said that Shana once lied about being intimate with him on a night that he was actually with his mother, Michael said that he had not seen her for days and that it wasn't true. He said that once when she was invited on tour with him as his guest it was just that, A GUEST. Michael said that no one knew but one person that Shana had gone to someone in his entourage and claimed that she was supposed to be staying in Michael's room. Of course Michael knew nothing of this, and she didn't know that Michael was already in his room. She was hoping to get in the room before Michael did. When Michael was confronted about what Shana said he just laughed and said that it wasn't true and to tell Shana that he did not want to be disturbed. Shana would stalk him! Michael said that Shana once did have his phone number and that she called him so much that he stopped answering most of her calls. Michael had confronted Shana in a nice way many times about her spreading lies about them being intimate and that they had a love affair going on. Michael said that there was no getting through to Shana but that he did not want to hurt her feelings. Michael was so upset and angered at Shana's behavior that he did speak with his mother about it because he didn't know what to do about Shana. Michael then changed his number and dropped Shana like a bad habit, she then went around telling people that Michael was cruel in the way that he did it. What was he supposed to do? He tried talking to Shana, but she continued to spread the lies, and now this book.
None of those close to Michael at the time saw any evidence that she was Michael's girlfriend, and the Jackson family have not come forward to back Shana up in her claims.
Shana also says in her book that Michael was the aggressor. The aggressor? Which Michael Jackson is she talking about? Because it certainly isn't the Michael Jackson from Gary Indiana. Michael Jackson was a flirt and that was his way of making it known to a woman that it was ok for her to approach him. Michael loved women who were not afraid of making the first move and starting the conversation. From what I can see Shana barely knew anything about what Michael was like.
A very good friend of mine who had met Michael and had briefly done some work for him between 2003-2004 and who now goes by the name of Lane Jordan had this brief statement to make about Shana and her book. " The name Shana Mangatal came up from an article that a friend of mine had read online, I then mentioned her to Michael. I had never seen anger in Michael's face before. Sadness, happiness, yes, but never anger. To this day I can still remember that look on his face when mentioning Shana. After a brief conversation about her Michael said that it's almost as if she doesn't understand that she's being hurtful. When I moved away Michael and I continued conversations by phone and I got to know him even more, and I visited a couple of times and from what I learned about Michael I think that less than 50% of this book is true."
I believe that this book does no justice to Michael, more like smearing his name even further. There seems to be no end to the lies that Shana Mangatal will tell, and this book proves it.
Shana further states in her book that she was told, or got information from another source that Lisa Marie would complain about Michael withholding sex to get what he wanted, and Shana didn't mention where she got the information, and in my own opinion I don't think anyone gave her such information in the first place. It didn't make sense that Michael would behave like this since his desire to have children was his first priority. Michael said that Lisa did not want to have children with him. I don't believe that Michael did this, nor do I believe that anyone told Shana this.
I also could not understand Shana's statements in her book that when being with Michael intimately he would say," Do you promise not to tell?" Do you swear?" Firstly let's use some common sense here. If Michael or any other celebrity were going to be with you intimately and as much as Shana claims to have been with Michael and they didn't want you to tell anyone you can best believe that they are not just going to ask you to promise not to tell, are you kidding me? If this was such a secret love affair Michael would have asked Shana to sign some sort of non-disclosure agreement. Michael had trust issues and no way would all of this have gone on without one. This woman speaks of phone sex and of Michael doing certain things while she is reading the lyrics to a song. I mean really, how far will this woman go? She also stated in her book that she was a virgin the first time that she was with Michael and that he coached her on what to do. Let's get one thing straight right now. Any woman who was truly intimate with Michael knew that he loved experienced women, and if you needed to be coached you didn't sleep with Michael Jackson. I don't mean like women who slept around or anything, I just mean women who knew what they were doing, and you don't have to be a Jezebel to be experienced. In joking Michael once said," I like them with knowledge." Yes, Michael talked about sex sometimes in private. So I do not believe her story on that one either. She doesn't seem to know the real Michael at all, and that's because he never showed it to her. She mentioned that his breath always smelled of "Bazooka bubble gum", I'm not saying that he didn't chew it once in a while, but he said that his favorite was " Big Red" I believe the name of it is. It is a hot tasting gum. It just shows further how little she really knew about him. I mean even the simple little things.
In closing all I have to say is I wish I could change the name from" Billie Jean" to" Shana M." was not my lover in Michael's song and then change up the other lyrics a bit. For me it doesn't matter who she knew, where she worked, or what tv show she was on, in my own opinion and from my conversations with Michael and his denial of any such relationship I find this book to be almost totally untrue. My opinion is that she is revenge filled and has used her time with Michael to write a book of lies on events that never happened for profit..