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What was Michael Jackson's religion?


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May 18, 2010 2:12PM

Michael Jackson's Religion

For the most part it is believed that Michael Jackson did not officially practice any one religion devoutly, although he did explore different alternative religions throughout his life.

Michael Jackson's parents were Jehovah's Witnesses. Michael was born a Jehovah's Witness, and practiced this religion for a short period of time after his hit "Thriller" was released.

In 1987, when the Jehovah's Witnesses criticized his album, Michael Jackson announced that he was no longer a member of this religious following.

In 2007, he briefly took interest in Islam when his brother Jermaine was converting to Islam. There is speculation that Michael Jackson converted in November 2008. However, no official statement or confirmation of these rumors has ever been made, or been publicly released by him or his publicists.

For a brief period of time he wore a red string on his left wrist, a symbol of Kabbalah.


For what it's worth, according to a family friend who appeared on CNN, Micheal Jackson allegedly wanted his children to be raised as Jehovah's Witnesses. According to this friend, that is one reason that he wanted his mother to be the one who raised them.