Former bodyguards for Michael Jackson said they personally witnessed the King of Pop make out with girls in the backseat of hisÂ chauffeured cars, and that he is by no means a pedophile as some critics continue to insist.Â Â
“Being a man…men know men…and we [were] around him long enough to know…he was a man,” Bill Whitfield, who joined Mike Garcia and Javon “BJ” Beard for an interview with “Good Morning America” Tuesday.Â Â
Garcia said Jackson had “desires of women like we do. He had lovers.”
The men claim MJ had at least two girlfriends, and that they sometimes felt as though they were chaperoning two teenagers on a date.
“In the cars that we had, we had a curtain that covered the back seat…you couldn’t see in the back seat. They talked back there…they didn’t do nothing out of bounds…you can hear the kissing,” Whitfield said.
The three men said they first met Jackson in 2007. “He’s got his little doctor’s mask on and he says, ‘BJ, hi, I’ve heard so much about you. Go ahead and have a seat,'” Beard said.
The trio signed up for personal protection, but the job became much more, they said. Jackson trusted them with his life, his children and his secrets. While the men experienced plenty of happy occasions during their tenure, they say some moments were just plain “sad.”
For instance, when Jackson held a birthday party for one of his children, only Jackson, the teacher, the nanny and the three bodyguards would attend, the men said. No other children were there.
“None,” the three men said.
Meanwhile, the bandages Jackson wore frequently in public were not concealing secret surgeries as many have suspected, Whitfield said. Instead, the singer was using them as a disguise.
“That disguise to him was the burn victim look,” Whitfield said.
When the family was not on the road, Jackson called a rented Las Vegas mansion his home. But his bodyguards said the singer did not enjoy being there.
“For you and I, it’s a great house…but for security for MJ and his kids…[it’s a] horrible house,” Whitfield said.
The men described Jackson as an “awesome” dad who loved to spend time with his children and took them to fast food drive-throughs for Big Macs and fried chicken. Often, Jackson would insist on ordering himself, the guards said.
“The kids were constantly saying, ‘I love you, Daddy’…They were like four buddies,” Garcia said.
Despite having a privileged upbringing, Whitfield said the children were very “polite” and “well mannered.” A note from Paris to Whitfield asking for tuna fish for the cat is filled with please and thank you.
In fact, the bodyguards said the children were the easiest part of their job, and remember, wistfully, moments when they misbehaved and tried to sneak extra Oreos.
“I mean, sometimes they would say little things like, ‘Bill, Daddy wants you to go get some cookies for us,'” Whitfield said, remembering moments when Jackson’s kids tried to trick him into getting them cookies.Â Â