On Feb. 10, 1993, Oprah sat down with Michael Jackson at his Neverland Ranch for the troubled crooner's first televised interview in 14 years. After giving Oprah a tour of his sprawling estate and teaching her how to moonwalk, Jackson addressed rumors about his love life (he said he was dating Brooke Shields), plastic surgery (he confessed to having a nose job), and why he loves being around children (he missed out on a normal childhood). He also revealed his battle with vitiligo, a disorder that destroys skin pigmentation. One question he refused to answer during the live event was whether or not he was still a virgin. "There was this sort of mystery about him," Oprah later said. "At the same time he's holding his crotch and wants to rock with us all night, we don't know who he's rocking with. That's what you really want to know." The interview, which drew 90 million viewers worldwide, remains one of the most-watched in television history.
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