David Gest has been friends with Michael and his brothers for many years, since they were young men.
In a recent interview he spoke of the accident which happened to Michael during the shooting of a Pepsi commercial in 1984. “Michael was in so much pain after that,” he said. “The trauma, and the pills (painkillers), changed him. Before then, he had a tight hold of his career. The accident didn’t make Michael moody or more distant towards me, but he did become a different person.”
Regarding Michael’s future Gest added; “Now that those child abuse allegations are behind him, Michael is also less trusting and feels wounded. But his career vision is back and he’s planning a spectacular comeback.”