The iron patriarch who terrified the King of Pop: How Michael Jackson revealed his father beat him and called him ugly during 1993 Neverland Ranch interview and claimed he was so scared of seeing him he would vomit

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Joe Jackson's success as an entertainment manager is indisputable, having developed and guided the careers of his superstar children Janet and Michael as well as The Jackson 5.

As a parent however, his legacy will always be marred in controversy after almost all of his children confessed at some point that the patriarch of the family was both emotionally and physically abusive.

Head - Interview - Michael - Jackson - Oprah

That all came to a head after a 1993 interview in which a visibly frightened Michael Jackson told Oprah Winfrey that he had lived in fear of his father for his entire life.

This was not just any interview either, with 90 million people tuning in to watch Michael speak to Oprah, the largest audience ever for a special of its kind at the time and a record that still holds to this day.

Interview - Michael - Insecurities - Fact - Teen

Early in the interview Michael opened up to Oprah about his insecurities and the fact that he struggled as a teen with pimples, which made him think he was 'ugly.'

He then told Oprah his father would tell him he as ugly during his days fronting The Jackson 5.

Relationship - Oprah

'What's your relationship like with him?' asked Oprah.

'I love my father but I don't know him,' responded Michael.

Man - Michael - Time

When asked if he was angry with the man, Michael struggled to answer, and looked to be stalling for time.

He twice repeated the question back to Oprah before stating: 'Sometimes I do get angry. I don't know him the way I'd like to know him. My mother's wonderful. To me she's perfection. I just wish I could understand my father.'

Height - Fame

He then revealed how deeply unhappy he was at the height of his fame.

'I felt there wasn't anything important for me to say and those were very sad, sad years for me,' said Michael.

Success - Michael

When asked how this was possible given his success, Michael...
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