Deepak Chopra Confirms Michael Jackson had Lupus and Vitiligo
The entire Jackson family wore Michael’s trademark white rhinestone glove in honor of their late brother at his memorial service on Tuesday. That glove had become a symbol of Michael Jackson and, for a brief time in the Eighties, a fashion statement.
Turns out, that glove may have been more a self conscious thing than an outward statement of rebellion.
In 1993 Jackson told Oprah Winfrey that the reason his skin was changing from black to white was that he had the rare skin disorder vitiligo, which attacks the melanin in a persons skin causing discoloring. Many people, according to CNN, didn’t quite believe Jackson at the time. They thought it was an excuse.
“Children who have been either physically or verbally abused will go on to develop autoimmune diseases like lupus and vitiligo, both of which he had. He was quite disfigured. He would avoid being seen, at least his body, therefore he would cover himself, then that would lead to people making all kinds of fun of him and calling him all kinds of things. He would feel the cruelty of that. He didn’t understand that. Then he would become obsessed with plastic surgery, which is also a sign of shame and humiliation and self loathing which happens in children who’ve been abused.”