July 1, 2009
Posted: 01:07 AM ET
By Lindsay Barnett – via Los Angeles Times
Bubbles was, of course, part of Jackson's entourage - and of his mystique - in the 1980s. He accompanied Jackson to events and in the studio during the recording of his "Bad" album. When Jackson toured Japan, Bubbles was there. He even learned how to Moonwalk (sort of).
Of course, as with many elements of Jackson's life, it's hard to separate fact from fiction. The star reportedly rescued a young Bubbles from a cancer research center in Texas in 1985. The chimp eventually faded from public view, with few references made to him until Jackson's famous television interview with British journalist Martin Bashir, "Living with Michael Jackson," which aired in early 2003. In the interview, Jackson told Bashir that Bubbles had become aggressive as he aged, and had been sent away over fears that he would harm Jackson's youngest child, Prince Michael II.
Bubbles had apparently been living with his longtime trainer, Bob Dunn, since at least as early as 2002, when Dunn spoke with People Magazine. "Bubbles is an adult chimp and a wild animal," Dunn told the magazine. "We don't let him out to play."
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