Photo Credit: Buzz Foto

It’s hard to imagine that Michael Jackson ever looked so young and innocent. This photo was taken at some long-forgotten event by Brad Elterman in 1979. Michael Jackson, 21, was on a “date” with Tatum O’Neal, who was 16 at the time. Michael had just released “Off The Wall” and his future seemed unlimited. Tatum had won an Oscar for “Paper Moon” and her career was already tapering off. She was reportedly disappointed that Michael just wanted to be “friends” and their relationship went nowhere. Is it a coincidence that drugs were destined to have a major effect on both their lives?


Posted by Janet on August 17, 2009

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  1. By Reta
    On August 17, 2009 at

    Wow, this looks like his FIRST post nose job, too bad he didn’t leave well enough alone! As for Tatum, she was BRILLIANT in Paper Moon, just really BRILLIANT! But unfortunately, she is related to that douche Ryan O’Neal, hence…a lifetime of drugs and trouble.

    And MJ was ALREADY wierder than wierd at this age, this was his monkey period where he had to carry around on his hip either a monkey or a midget. Can you spell C-R-A-Z-Y?

  2. By Raven
    On August 17, 2009 at

    No, Michael was not that weird at this point in his life. He had just one nose job and looked great. I believe he started carrying the monkey around circa Thriller, which was 1982-1984. This was the Off the Wall era, 1979-1981. He looked very natural and innocent here…

    Looking back, I wish he had put out more Off the Wall type CDs, before a monster like Thriller happened. He peaked so soon and obviously was NOT able to withstand that type of mega-stardom. Thriller really went to his head and after that point, everything seemed geared towards his “kingdom” status. Everything felt manufactured for maximum consumption. Then it seemed like he started to see his face as part of his performance or a song that could be perfected over and over. He kept working on it until there was nothing left of his nose. Then he messed up his voice due to his nose jobs, then the drugs, more surgeries….a vicious cycle. Talk about cutting off your nose to spite your face!

    The Off the Wall era and early Thriller era were his last days of innocence.

  3. By captain america
    On August 18, 2009 at

    “THRILLER” brought indeed a “THRILLING” life, folks!!

  4. By Bettye Bluejay
    On August 18, 2009 at

    That’s a bad nose, no wonder he kept going with the surgeries.

  5. By Bu
    On August 18, 2009 at

    They were cute young ppl.

  6. By karl anglin
    On September 3, 2009 at

    Interesting they both had fathers who messed
    up their lives.

  7. By Sandra
    On April 7, 2010 at

    To some commentators
    I don’t understand the reason for the bullying to MJ. He was not obliged to do things in order to fulfill anyone’s desire. We have to respect as he was and people should stop of talking about the same things like his nose , his children, his women and etc…………………………….. Boring people!!! Talk about the artist not his personal life. His personal life is not one’s business.
    Rio de Janeiro – Brazil

  8. By nikki
    On June 27, 2010 at

    First of all mj is not wierd at all! Yes some people didn’t find that normal but he spent his life pleasing himself! Not any body else! So I think bubbles was very cute and I would carry a bubbles with me:) lol and they both have a lot in common even after they broke up. They both grew up in the spotlight they both had really messed up fathers they both ended up doing drugs and they were both constanly made fun of!and I guess the reason he dated tatum is that she was younger mabey he wanted to feel younger?

  9. By Laurie Rice
    On September 30, 2010 at

    He definatley is the best there is, the best there was and the best there ever will be… The King Of Pop.. I read about that in his book how she came onto him.. He just wanted to be friends… Get over it tatum, she definatley wasn’t good enough for him.. He’s the best n definatley diserved better then her…

  10. By alana ribeiro
    On December 25, 2010 at

    pois acho que tatum nao sofreu quando o namoroi terminou nao se tivesse sofrido nao tinha se casado.


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