Brooke Shields has broken her silence, speaking out for the first time about the emotional speech she gave during Michael Jackson’s public memorial in July.
Brooke opened up exclusively to Access Hollywood’s Billy Bush as she hosted the launch of LG’s Lotus Elite mobile phone at Las Vegas’ Palms Place Hotel and Spa.
“Did you see me shaking?” Brooke asked Billy, referring to her time on stage, which all the world witnessed over the summer at Michael’s memorial.
“That was a really riveting moment,” Billy said.
“Well, they didn’t tell us that the coffin was going to be there,” she said. “I thought — because there was a fantasy moment in my head — that he was going to jump out and start the concert.”
But fantasy quickly turned into sad reality for Brooke during her emotional seven-minute speech about her special friendship with Michael.
“They had written me something,” Brooke said. " I didn’t… I wrote my own thing and just had to do my own thing. But it was… I felt honored to be a part of it.”
Brooke explained it was someone very close to Michael’s heart who asked her to be a part of his memorial.
“His mom [asked],” Brooke told Billy.
But Brooke confirmed she and Michael hadn’t been in touch in a while.
“I had not only not spoken to him, I hadn’t seen him in years,” she said.
“There must have been many times where you wanted to pick up the phone and call him and say, ‘Can I help you? As a friend, can I come see you? Do you need someone to talk to?’” Billy asked.
“I did that, you know, 20 years ago,” Brooke said. “I mean… the rhetoric didn’t change, you know, I did that way back when, but anyway, I did my best.”
“You did a beautiful job,” Billy said of Brooke’s memorial speech.
“I hope I did a good job,” she said. “I tried.”
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