Kim Wilde met Michael Jackson: ‘Those nonsense stories should be over’

Although Kim Wilde toured with Michael Jackson for months she just met him twice. ‘We didn’t have any deep and meaningful conversations or anything, but he is very sweet. I don’t want to hear any bad things about him anymore!’

It’s too weird that there were even rumours that we were having an affair. Yes, we respect eachother but that’s as far as it goes. I’ve only talked to him twice!

What were those talks about, then?
He told me that he felt I was doing great, and that he was looking forward to the successful tour. And he asked whether I was still enjoying it. And I was!

What impression did you get of him?
He’s very normal, very smart, very sweet and very sympathetic. And what’s the most important thing: he’s got a very sweet smile. You can tell a lot of things from the way someone smiles.

And what did you think of his show?
It’s great to watch the show from beside the stage! When you look from the audience everything seems to go automatically, but from the side you can see how much work is in it. And it’s hard to tell how he does his tricks. I knew that he would go into a tent and then appear on the other side of the stage, but I looked very close and still couldn’t tell how he did it.

Isn’t it a bit of ungrateful work, doing a support act? The audiences come for the headline act, after all.
Yes, that’s true. And you’re playing when there’s still daylight, and then people can only see a few small figures on stage. But I wouldn’t have missed it for the world. It’s the only tour that Michael has done in his life, and it most likely will stay that way. It’s a historic fact, and hundreds of thousands have come to see it. Taylor (Dayne, who did the support for another part of the tour, ed.) and I were there as well. They can’t ever take that away from me. But it’s time I will be the headline act myself soon!