Los Angeles: Secretly recorded tapes by late pop star Michael Jackson have revealed that he was jealous of the late “Purple Rain” singer Prince and despised him.
In transcripts of the recording obtained, Jackson refers to Prince — who passed away in May — as “nasty” and “mean”.
“I don’t like to be compared to Prince at all,” he said in a recording.
“I have proven myself since I was real little. It’s not fair. He feels like I’m his opponent. I hope he changes because boy, he’s gonna get hurt. He’s the type that might commit suicide or something.
“He was so rude, one of rudest people I have ever met. Prince is very competitive. He has been very mean and nasty to my family,” the late King of Pop added.
In one rant, the “Dangerous” hitmaker can be heard recalling the time when Prince fell off the stage during a James Brown tribute concert in front of thousands of people after he leaned against a paper mache lamppost which he mistook for a real one.
“He made a fool of himself. He was a joke. People were running and screaming. I was so embarrassed. It was all on video,” Jackson said.
The King of Pop also slammed his own family in the tapes.
Jackson died in 2009.