In 2007, Apple’s iPhone was so expensive that the popular beat combo star, and friend to children everywhere, Michael Jackson could not afford one. Apparently while Apple fanboys were queuing to spend their last dime on the gear, the so called “king of pop” knew it was completely out of his price range.
In a new book out today, "Remember the Time: Protecting Michael Jackson in His Final Days," two of Jackson's security guards, Bill Whitfield and Javon Beard, explain how rubbish Jackson’s financial situation was. Jackson had no idea where his money was or how much he had and how both guards weren't paid for months on end.
While he was while he could spend thousands of dollars on toy trips and miscellaneous purchases ranging from a nearly seven-foot-tall Tinkerbell replica to $1,000 on a theatre display for "The Simpsons Movie" an iPhone was out of his league. Whitfield said after Beard stood for two and a half hours in line to make the purchase, he was asked by Jackson to set up the phone. But the problem was not only the expense of the phone. Apple’s partner AT&T wanted to sting Jackson for $1,500 to turn on the mobile. Apparently it was because Jackson’s credit was about as good as a Fudzilla hack.
The security guards set up the phone for him in their name. Whitfield said eventually Jackson's number was changed and the bill for both phone accounts was never paid.
"The charges had run up close to two thousand dollars, and they got disconnected," said Whitfield.