Michael Jackson accuser Wade Robson did not grieve after father killed himself and instead chose to focus on his career
With Michael Jackson's help and finances, the family was moved from Australia to Los Angeles in the early 1990s to start a new life which Dennis Robson couldn't take anymore
Wade Robson and his family were friends with King of Pop Michael Jackson who decided a few years into their friendship that he wanted to spend more time with the child. With Jackson's help and finances, the family moved from Australia to Los Angeles in the early 1990s to start a new life. Wade's mother made the decision to move her family to LA without her husband. This may seem bittersweet but it helped launch her son's career.
The move to the other side of the world, however, was not the right one for Wade's father, Dennis, who took his own life in 2002 after he was left all alone in with the rest of his family thousands of miles away on another continent. Daily Mail reported that Dennis struggled when he visited his family in LA.
Wade said: "He was doing things like going on walks in the middle of the night through LA. Getting on buses and we would have to find him. I think it terrified me but my reaction was just to get angry, and I just wanted him to go." Chantal, Wade's older sister, said that her brother had ended up pushing their father away during this time. The whole thing was the hardest for the oldest child and Wade's brother, Shane, who had stayed back with Dennis in Australia.
Then, in 2002, Shane decided that he wanted to move to LA as well and didn't realize that he would be the last member of the Robson family to see Dennis alive. Dennis hanged himself the day his oldest child left Australia.
Shane said: "At that point, I didn't know if I'm leaving for good. I was taking six months off and going to hang out with the family." He realized something was wrong with his father, however, just before his flight.
Shane added: "The day that I left my grandparents, his mom and dad, came over before I headed to the airport. And I remember dad didn't say a word, nothing at all. Kind of like a statue staring off in the distance. And then I remember saying goodbye and giving him a hug and I don't think he ever hugged me."
Speaking of his father's state of mind at the time of the suicide, Shane said: "The lights were on but no one was home. When he heard about the suicide, he said: "I think my response was anger."
Wade's mother Joy said in an interview: "I brought all the children in for the night and we laughed and we cried and we laughed and we cried." The then 19-year-old Emmy Award-winning choreographer, however, did not cry for his father anymore after that first night. He focused on his career instead and said: "I don't know, I feel like from the next day I just started stitching myself up again."
The recovery process forced him to go back to work in the studio where he served as the creative director for the biggest pop acts in the world during that time — Britney Spears and *NSYNC. This fairytale life came to an abrupt end when the news came out that Wade had a relationship with Spears while she was already dating *NSYNC frontman, Justin Timberlake.
Wade says in the documentary that the decision to be around Spears had more to do with Jackson's infatuation with the pop star than his own feelings for her.
He recalled: "Michael had some kind of obsession with Britney and he would call me and ask me: 'What is she like? Isn't she sexy? Isn't she beautiful?' And wondering if I could set up a way for them to meet."
According to a previous report by MEA WorldWide (MEAWW), Robson alleged that Jackson just ignored him and his family for weeks. The singer finally made time for him while he was shooting for the music video for 'Black or White', in which Robson was supposedly meant to star alongside Jackson, but it would not be to deliver good news. Instead, Robson was told his part would go to another rising child star: Macaulay Culkin.
Recalling the incident, Robson said, "Macaulay was where I was in my previous trips, right by Michael's side every moment. And now I was kind of on the sideline as far as being Michael's friend and being his favorite and that was really confusing. Like what did I do wrong like he and Michael had all the connections and all the secret things that Michael and I had before."
Robson said he felt "jealousy, hurt, and confusion" after being effectively replaced by Culkin, with the sentiment echoed by his mother Jane, who said that what Jackson did was "very hurtful" and that it "broke Wade's heart."