Then of course, I noticed, because he didn’t have any makeup on, I noticed the Vitiligo.
It was on the right hand side of his face and down his neck and also on the back of his hand. I don’t remember which one.
I don’t know how far it went up his arm because he had a long sleeve shirt on, but I noticed the Vitiligo and as time went on, the Vitiligo spread and spread and spread and it was difficult for him when he had to appear in public or perform, to get the right kind of makeup, because…that skin was white, not like Caucasian white. It was white like a refrigerator, snow white.
In the beginning, he did use darker makeup to cover that, but then as it spread, it got more and more difficult to make that white skin the color of the rest of his skin, so he would have to go to lighter and lighter and lighter makeup.
Of course the press got on him about that, about trying to be white. Which is the farthest thing from the truth.
Michael never wanted to be white. He was proud of who he was and where he came from, but he had no choice. The one thing he never ever did, he never complained about it. He had every right to.