“I don’t like to be compared to Prince at all.”

Rivalry between Prince and Michael Jackson was no secret. During their rise to fame in the 80s the two pop stars were set against each other in the media and by their fans.

New recordings of Michael Jackson made in 1988 during the writing of his autobiography Moonwalker show just how little Jackson thought of Prince at one point. The contents of the secretly recorded conversation were shared by the Daily Mirror for the first time this week.

“I have proven myself since I was real little. It’s not fair. He feels like I’m his opponent,” Jackson told the interviewer. “I hope he changes because boy, he’s gonna get hurt. He’s the type that might commit suicide or something.”

Jackson added Prince was “one of the rudest people I have ever met,” and that he had been “mean and nasty to my family.” The conversation also touched on a famous 1983 performance involving Jackson, Prince, and James Brown during which Jackson claimed Prince “made a fool himself” by mistaking a fake stage lamp post for a real one and falling into the crowd. “People were running and screaming. I was so embarrassed. It was all on video.”

The tapes also included negative comments about Jackson’s own family members, calling his brothers “hardheaded,” “negative,” and “talented but lacking self-confidence” and his sister LaToya’s behaviour weird and Janet a tomboy.

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