Suicide attempt, beatings and death fears in children – sad life of Michael Jackson’s chimpanzee bubbles

Bubbles the chimp has apparently lived a life of luxury as Michael Jackson’s “best friend”.

The adorable pet monkey traveled with the King of Pop on Bad’s world tour and even drank tea with the mayor of Osaka in Japan.

But it certainly wasn’t a suitable life for a chimpanzee – as reports emerged of what happened when the cameras weren’t on the pair.

After buying Bubbles from an animal trainer for $ 65,000 in the 1980s, Michael and Bubbles have become almost inseparable.

The chimpanzee first stayed in the Jackson family’s home in Los Angeles before being moved to live alongside its famous owner on the infamous Neverland Ranch.

Bubbles slept in a crib in Jackson’s bedroom, ate candy at the movies, and allegedly even threw his own poo in the mansion.

Michael Jackson took Bubbles the chimp on tour with him

Jackson treated the famous pet like his child, dressed him in baby clothes, and slept with him every night.

They even had their own “chimpanzee language” that Michael would use so no one else knew what they were talking about.

“Bubbles became a human. He had his own nanny. He ate at the family table with a knife and fork,” sister La Toya explained in a 2010 documentary on Channel 4.

“At bedtime he would say, ‘Go put on your pajamas and go to bed.’

“The bubbles would jump into the bed, pull the covers over him and fall asleep.”

Michael Jackson's Monkey at the 1994 MTV Movie Awards at Sony Studios in Culver City
Bubbles at the 1994 MTV Movie Awards at Sony Studios in Culver City

La Toya revealed that Michael even tried to put Bubbles under the knife to give him vocal cords so he could talk to other humans.

“Michael always wanted to know how he could make him talk,” she added.

“He asked the best doctors if he could operate on Bubbles.”

However, behind Bubbles’ happy portrayal of life with Jackson, there was an ominous reality.

The world’s best primatologist, Jane Goodall, said she believed Bubbles had been punched in the face and kicked in the stomach while living with Jackson.

Michael Jackson plays with Bubbles (Photo: Coleman / Rayner)
He lived with Jacko on his Neverland ranch

Additionally, she claimed that when she tried to talk to the star about it, he flew off the grip.

Speaking in 2014, the expert told TMZ: “I went to see it and we talked about Bubbles. I ticked it off.

“Bubbles is still alive and he’s handsome. But when he was with Michael he was beaten.”

Although she did not name Michael as the alleged assailant of Bubbles, Goodall said that Jack Gordon, the ex-husband of the star’s sister, La Toya, said he saw Michael attacking the helpless creature. .

He said, “I saw Michael hit Bubbles in the face, kick him in the stomach.”

The Jackson family have denied allegations that Michael was abusive towards Bubbles.

Michael had a lot of love for Bubbles

Bubble is said to have become more aggressive as he got older and reached 12th place.

There were serious concerns that Bubbles would attack Jackson’s newborn son Prince Michael II, so he was transferred to a California coach in 2003.

“Bubbles is an adult chimpanzee and a wild animal,” ranch owner Bob Dunn told CNN at the time.

“We don’t let him play.”

That didn’t stop Jackson from buying two more baby chimps, Max and Action, who, for most of the public, were still Bubbles.

Bubbles and Michael were always together

Shortly after the move, Bubbles reportedly attempted to kill himself after his master was accused of pedophilia.

And according to The Times of India, after the King of Pop was indicted, “his favorite pet, a chimpanzee named Bubbles tried to kill himself.”

Bubbles, who is now in his 30s, was thankfully rescued by medics in December and no further details of the incident have been made available.

When the coach closed in 2004, Bubbles transferred to the Center for Great Apes in Wauchula, Florida.

Bubbles has a much spookier daily routine, including painting and listening to flute music.

Chimpanzee bubbles
The bubbles look very different now

Surrounded by a herd of females, the world-famous chimpanzee spends most of its days chewing leaves.

His appearance has changed dramatically since living with Jackson – his facial features becoming flatter and his height increasing dramatically.

Guardians at the center said the 160-pound brute was “huge and ugly” but had a very “sweet” character.

It was also claimed that the chimpanzee was injured after learning of Jackson’s death from a prescription drug-induced overdose in 2009.

However, Center For Great Apes founder Patti Ragan denied the allegations, insisting Bubbles was never told of Michael’s death and wouldn’t understand anyway.

La Toya Jackson burst into tears as she came face to face with Bubbles the chimpanzee for the first time in 20 years
La Toya Jackson burst into tears as she came face to face with Bubbles the chimpanzee for the first time in 20 years

“The bubbles are definitely missing [Jackson] when they parted ways and will be missed now, ”animal trainer Dunn told News of the World.

“Chimpanzees are smart. They remember people and stuff. Bubbles and Michael were close friends and playmates.

“The last time Michael visited, Bubbles definitely recognized him and remembered him.”

The staff at the animal sanctuary where he now lives won’t even show pictures of Jacko to Bubbles in case that bothers him – and there are no memories of his former life in Neverland.

Center co-founder Patti Ragan said staff never showed her pictures of Jackson in case they made him “angry or depressed.”

Michael Jackson's former pet monkey BUBBLES
The bubbles have grown to enormous size

Bubbles also has a strong hatred for anyone who holds a camera, as he often spits at them or throws a handful of sand at them, as he faces them in stressful situations.

Bosses at the shelter have warned people not to approach him with cameras or risk being subjected to the 13th 4-foot alpha male ‘wrath monkeys’.

The shrine said: “Bubbles don’t like cameras. Even when his caregivers try to take a photo, he will turn his back if he sees a camera.

“He occasionally spits water at people when annoyed by cameras and is able to throw sand with incredible precision.”

But the patrons of the sanctuary were quick to point out how calm the chimpanzee is now – when the cameras are not there.

They said, “Balancing those defensive moments is the soft, mellow side of Bubbles. He treats all the young chimpanzees in the Center, especially Stryker, with amazing gentleness and affection.

“When Stryker was a baby, we would often see him riding the back of a happy Bubbles.”

La Toya Jackson broke down in tears when she came face to face with Bubbles the chimpanzee for the first time in 20 years during a visit in 2010.

In August 2019, a spokesperson for the Jackson family said, “We are happy to hear that Bubbles is doing well. Michael absolutely loved him and would never, ever have mistreated him.”

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