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Michael Jackson wanted to marry me: Brazil’s Xuxa

By 문예빈

Published : May 22, 2012 - 10:39

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Brazil’s children’s television show host Xuxa has revealed that the late Michael Jackson wanted to marry her and that she had been sexually abused as a child.

Maria da Graca Meneghel, better known as “Xuxa,” made the surprise disclosure in a television interview that shocked the country late Sunday.

“The entourage of Michael Jackson wanted him to marry, have children. They were looking for someone. I was working in Spain, they invited me to see his show several times,” she told TV Globo’s Sunday program Fantastico.

“Later they called me to invite me to Neverland (Jackson’s ranch). He knew everything about me, he read everything about me. I had dinner with him,” Xuxa said.

“And later came a proposal from his impresario asking me whether I would consider living with him because he wanted to have children, marry. They thought marriage with a person concerned about children in Latin America would be a good thing,” she added.

“For me (Michael Jackson) was an idol, but from idol to something else there is a difference. My answer, obviously, was no,” she noted.

The late King of Pop died suddenly on June 25, 2009 at his rented mansion in Los Angeles after an overdose of powerful prescription drugs as he was preparing to perform a series of comeback concerts in London.

In the 1990s the television actress and singer made headlines for, among other things, dating football legend Pele and the late racing ace driver Ayrton Senna, who died in a crash during the 1994 San Marino Grand Prix.

Xuxa shocked the television audience Sunday when she revealed that she had been sexually abused until the age of 13.

“I was abused in my childhood until the age of 13,” a tearful Xuxa said. “I know what a child feels (when abused). We think it’s our fault. I was ashamed, I kept quiet, I felt bad, dirty,” she added, without giving further details on the abuse.

Now 49, Xuxa is Brazil’s richest woman with a fortune estimated at $1 billion. (AFP)

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“마이클 잭슨 프로포즈 거절” 미녀배우 충격 고백

브라질 출신의 유명 미녀배우 슈샤 메네겔(Xuxa Meneghel)이 지난 일요일 TV 인터뷰에서 마이클잭슨이 자신에게 프로포즈했던 사실을 밝혀 화제가 되고 있다.

18세부터 모델 활동을 하면서 유명세를 탔던 슈샤의 본명은 마리아 드 그라사 메네겔(Maria da Graca Meneghel)이다.

그녀는 인터뷰 중에서 “당시 마이클 잭슨 측에서는 그가 결혼하고 아이를 낳을 때가 되었다고 판단하고 나에게 연락했다”고 밝히면서 “초대를 받고 그를 만나러 갔을 때 마이클 잭슨은 나에 대해서 모르는 것이 없을 정도로 나를 이미 잘 알고 있었다”고 말했다.

당시 마이클잭슨의 팬이었지만, 그는 아이돌이었을 뿐 그 이상은 아니었다는 이유로 프로포즈를 거절했다고 말했다.

슈사는 또한 인터뷰에서 어린시절 성폭행 당한 사실을 털어놓기도 했다.