Listen. I’m going to lay some 1980’s truth upside your head peeps. Punky Brewster was, is and always will be the bees knees. She was funky, she had ‘tude before ‘tude was a viral commodity and she didn’t take no crap from the rent is too damn high old man Henry. She also happens to be a celebrity child star that spend time alone with Michael Jackson in his hot tub.
Actress Soleil Moon Frye portrayed the spirited girl who was left abandoned with nothing but her street smarts and her dog Brandon. Frye has lived a busy life after her unforgettable child star role and was featured on Sabrina, the Teenage Witch. She produced a great documentary called Sonny Boy that chronicles a two-week trip Frye took with her father, Virgil, who has Alzheimer’s disease. It won Best Documentary at the 2006 San Diego Film Festival and I would highly suggest picking up a copy.
Her focus now is on a parenting blog and a recent book entitled Happy Chaos. She sat down for a lengthy candid interview with the great Robin Roberts and the comment that is gathering the most headlines is her memories of time spent with the late king of pop, Michael Jackson.
In the clip she told Roberts that:
“So there I was sitting with Michael Jackson, alone in his Jacuzzi, talking about life, love, and the secrets of the world. I was eight years old. Yes, I know you’re probably horrified, or at least a little confused as you read this, wondering how in the world I got there.”
She went on to add:
“Michael took my mother and me on a tour of his home. We saw his elaborate costumes encased in glass, his bedroom, all of his knickknacks, and his stunning recording studio … We watched ‘Willy Wonka,’ and Michael and I sat next to each other. He had a way of speaking as if he were a child, too.”
Overall if you don’t have the time to catch the video I want to point out that Soleil is laughing about the recollection and made no intonation whatsoever that anything inappropriate happened. The only thing she commented about her memories of that day is that looking back at it now as an adult the moment does seem a little strange.