Corey 1987  Corey now

Former child star Corey Feldman — who has had his own well publicized battles with drugs over the years — was a friend of Michael Jackson's back in the 1980s.

But the two young men had a rocky relationship and eventually drifted apart. They reportedly didn't talk for several years before Jackson's death.

But Feldman, visibly upset and eerily dressed like a Jackson imitator, turned up at Staples Center for Michael's memorial.

It even looks like he is wearing the same same hat he wore in 1987! OK,

Naturally, he's caught some heat from gossip blogs about his attire and his out-of-the-blue appearances on "The Today Show" and "Larry King Live" to talk about Michael.

 So he's explaining himself — and his strained relations with Michael — on his website.

]]>On why he appeared on talk shows: "In the last few weeks since Michael’s passing we have been flooded with literally thousands of interview requests. All of which we declined aside from 2…. Larry King, and the Today show. I did those 2 interviews to pay my respects to my friend. I do not feel the need to make a campaign over a life that has been lost. I do understand that there are many questions in peoples minds regarding the relationship that Michael and I had.  I have said very little over the years. For one very good reason. Out of respect to the wishes of my friends who wish to keep their private lives private."

On Michael: "Michael Jackson was not like anyone you have ever met before. He was a special human being. He was an enigma. He was a genius. He was extremely educated. He had a brilliant sense of humor. He was a good man.  He was the most extraordinary man I have ever met. He had an aura and an energy that was unparallelled by any lifeforce I have come into contact with on this planet. The point is you could never possibly understand what he was or who he was. No matter how much prying or gossipping you do. I was incredibly close with him at one point in time, we told each other everything. I was closer with him than few ever were and our friendship lasted for 18 years."

On their estrangement: "Yes we had a falling out years ago, and yes it was very serious, and yes both of us did things to hurt one another. But in the end thats what happens in real friendships. When people care about each other, they are bound to have disagreements in any relationship. Sometimes they get worked out and sometimes they don’t. I was angry at Michael for many years, but in the end I choose to focus on the positive.

On Michael's legacy: "Whether you agree with all of his choices or not, know the facts. Michael Jackson did so much good for the world, it far outweighs his downfalls. People choose to forget the huge amounts of money that Michael donated through the years. People seem to forget all of the hospitals he visited. People forget the magic he created."

What do you think of Corey Feldman's obsession with Michael Jackson?

Is he a fan, former friend or just a freak? 

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Posted by:Elizabeth Snead