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Brooke Shields on Jackson's Quest to Build a Family With Her

July 13, 2009 4:56 PM ET

A visibly moved Brooke Shields spoke at Michael Jackson's Los Angeles memorial last week, recalling the pair's special relationship in the Eighties that extended until the singer's untimely death. Rolling Stone revealed part of the actress/model's remembrance from our special commemorative issue, and how the King of Pop tried to start a family with Shields on several occasions. Now Shields' entire interview with Rolling Stone is available here, as she details how Jackson sought happiness by proposing the pair start a family by adopting children from overseas.

"I think he wanted to take his resources and make a difference to other people in their lives, and he knew that I wanted to do that in the world, too, so he would reach out to someone like me and say, 'How can we make a difference, it's easier to adopt a child if you're two people,' " she tells us.

As for Jackson's final years, during which it became harder for her to reach her longtime friend, Shields echoes some Jackson family members: "I don't think he was surrounded by healthy people," she says. "I always worried about his health, because I thought he was just too skinny."

To read Shields' full interview, click here:
Michael Jackson Remembered: Brooke Shields on King of Pop's "Pure Soul"
Rolling Stone's special issue devoted to Michael Jackson, featuring more tributes from Quincy Jones, Slash and Stevie Wonder, is available now.

To read the new issue of Rolling Stone online, plus the entire RS archive: Click Here

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