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Stephanie Mills: Her Michael Jackson Love Affair

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“I was determined to be his girlfriend. He didn’t know it,
but I was,” says Stephanie (above, with Michael).

Stephanie Mills: I Did
Michael Jackson’s Laundry
(and He Used Tide)


Back in the day, Stephanie Mills wanted to be startin’ something with Michael Jackson – like easin’ on down the aisle. Interviewed on Mutha Knows, the Never Knew Love Like This Before singer spills details of her trysting days with the King of Pop, while she was starring in The Wiz on Broadway.

“I thought I was gonna marry Michael. I was so in love with Michael,” Stephanie, now 52, tells host Mutha. “This was during the time when he was doing The Wiz movie [in 1977], and before that. I knew Michael because he used to come to the show all the time and hang out backstage with me. Michael was really, really shy. But back then, I was aggressive.”

Stephanie did indeed get cozy with the Gloved One, so much so that she performed more than one wifely duty.

“When he had his place on Sutton Place [in Manhattan], I would spend the night and I would do his laundry. It was Tide. I should do a Tide commercial, huh? And I even cooked for him – even though I couldn’t cook. But you know what? Even as bad as it was, Michael was such a gentleman, he still ate it.”

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