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Michael Jackson once closed entire supermarket just so he could feel normal

Rachel Lang

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Michael Jackson once closed entire supermarket just so he could feel normal

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The King of Pop once closed an entire supermarket so he could have a browse and feel normal while doing so.

Of course, while being famous comes with its many perks - such as being insanely rich and successful - it also comes with a few downfalls.

And one of these downfalls is not being able to live a normal life without being harassed by fans everywhere you go.

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This is something Michael Jackson certainly experienced, with him being one of the most famous singers to ever exist.

So much so, that the 'Thriller' superstar decided to close an entire supermarket so he could get a taste of a normal life. Take a look:

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When Jackson first shot to fame as a child music star with The Jackson 5, he found it difficult to do things that normal people would do.

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However, in this instance back in 2003, he was granted the opportunity to roam the aisles of a supermarket to see what was on offer without being hounded by fans.

The star broke down the experience in a candid confessional for a 2003 Fox special, Michael Jackson's Private Home Movies.

"It's my dream to go into a supermarket and just shop. Just be like everybody else and put things in a basket," Jackson said.

Michael Jackson once closed an entire mall so he could have the luxury to shop 'normally'. Credit: Fox
Michael Jackson once closed an entire mall so he could have the luxury to shop 'normally'. Credit: Fox
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"Because I can't do it. Because when I try to do it, people crowd around me - they want autographs and for me to sign things and to take pictures."

The 'Beat It' star revealed that was the big reason behind him wearing disguises when he was out and about.

"That's why I love disguises so much, I can sit on a bench at Disneyland and see what people really do and talk about," he said. "But when they see it’s Michael Jackson they change, and I don't see the real thing.

"And I want to see the real world and what it's like and it's really difficult."

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In a voice-over, he added: "It gave me a chance to see, in my way, kind of what the real world is like. Even though it wasn't the real thing."

The King of Pop was one of the most famous people to ever exist. Credit: CARL DE SOUZA/AFP via Getty Images
The King of Pop was one of the most famous people to ever exist. Credit: CARL DE SOUZA/AFP via Getty Images

Although the mall had been shut down for him, the supermarket was still bustling with people: Jackson's staff, family, and friends who had come together to make shopping a special experience.

Some pals dressed up like the workers at the grocery store, while others casually shopped around him in regular people clothes.

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Even the store's background music was tweaked to play supermarket-friendly versions of Jackson's own bops.

Admittedly, the King of Pop did look pretty stoked going up and down the aisles with his own cart.

The footage shows him goofing around in the store, and, at one point, he likened the experience to visiting Disneyland as he 'got to do something [he doesn't] normally get to do."

Topics: Celebrity, Music, Michael Jackson

Rachel Lang
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