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Monday, April 12, 1999 Published at 20:09 GMT 21:09 UK


Jacko takes Liberty with radio

Michael Jackson and Mohammed Al Fayed during the weekend visit

Pop legend Michael Jackson has given a surprise interview to London radio station.

The reclusive star spoke to Liberty, a 70s and 80s music station owned by Harrods proprietor Mohammed Al Fayed.

[ image: Jackson is famously reclusive]
Jackson is famously reclusive
It follows his impromptu appearance on Saturday in the directors box at Fulham football club - also owned by Mr Al Fayed.

Jackson told DJ Sean Bolger that British weather was fine, football was great, and revealed he was recording reunion tracks with his brothers who used to be in the Jackson Five.

"I'm in the middle of an album right now," he told the presenter.

"Hopefully in the future I am concentrating on a lot of films, movies, and right now I am working on the album with my brothers.

"I'm doing a reunion with my brothers - an album. I'm doing three cuts for them and three cuts with 3T," he said, referring to his nephews' group.

Football was a thriller

Speaking about his trip to the football match at Fulham's Craven Cottage Today he said: "I've never been to one before.

"I thought it was really exciting. I thought it was great."

Asked how it compared with American football, he said: "I think this is tougher, because in our football we are all padded, we have all this protection and it looks tougher, but I think that yours is really, really tough!"

Sean Bolger said: "You have sunshine as well. We had terrible, terrible weather this weekend."

Jackson replied: "No, the sun came out a couple of times."

Although he did not attend the ceremony, he congratulated close friend Elizabeth Taylor for her Bafta Fellowship Award presented on Sunday night.

"I am very thrilled. She deserves it. She's the Queen."

In a message to his British fans he said: "I love you! Thank you for your support and your loyalty and everything you have done for me.

"Without you there would be no me and I thank you very much."

Liberty Radio producer Jonathan Sanchez said: "His visit was a complete surprise.

"He just walked in the door with Mohammed Al Fayed.

"It was lovely. He was really pleasant."

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