It’s not every night the King of Pop drops by for dinner, asks for KFC and Domino’s and dons a golden crown in your front room.
But for shocked couple Sue and Darron Goldman – that’s exactly what happened.
During one bizarre evening in December 2002, music legend Michael Jackson landed on the couple’s doorstep.
And the pop superstar insisted on dressing like music royalty – wearing a plastic royal crown and ornate glittery gown, in photos obtained exclusively by DailyMailTV on the 10th anniversary of the eccentric singer’s death on Tuesday.
Michael Jackson shocked Sue and Darron Goldman when he dropped by for dinner on a night in December 2002 at their home in Jupiter, Florida. The pop superstar insisted on dressing like a king – wearing a plastic royal crown and ornate glittery gown, seen in photos obtained exclusively by DailyMailTV. Pictured: Guests dressed up, including (bottom left) Michael’s friend, his real estate agent (top left), Jackson (center) and Darron Goldman (right)
The King of Pop was visiting Florida in search of a new property and his real estate agent offered to take him to dinner, calling up his friends the Goldmans (pictured together)
The King of Pop was visiting Florida in search of a new property and after an afternoon viewing mansions near Palm Beach, his real estate agent offered to take him to dinner.
Jackson agreed but insisted on avoiding restaurants or public places, so the agent suggested something a bit more intimate.
‘Our friend called and said, ”I’m with Michael Jackson, can we come over for dinner?” explained Sue, 55, who lives in Jupiter, Florida with husband Darron, 58.
‘I was like ”What!” He called totally out of the blue and I thought he was joking, then an hour later the King of Pop was on my doorstep.
‘It was honestly the most surreal evening I’ve ever experienced, we still laugh about it today.’
Sue says she asked the friend what she should cook for Jackson, who was traveling with his two children Prince, then five, and Paris, aged four.
‘He told me that Michael wanted KFC and Domino’s Pizza,’ she said.
‘I raced round to the KFC drive-through and picked up a large order of regular and extra-crispy chicken, then I grabbed some pizzas.
‘Michael had also asked for orange-crush soda, apparently he was a big fan of that.’
Sue says Jackson arrived at 5pm with the real estate agent, the star’s children and an unknown friend of the singer.
Sue (left with Jackson and a family right) says Jackson wanted KFC and Domino’s Pizza. She said: ‘I raced round to the KFC drive-through and picked up a large order of regular and extra-crispy chicken, then I grabbed some pizzas. Michael had also asked for orange-crush soda’
The couple, who run a costume supply company, asked Jackson if he wanted to try some costumes on after dinner. Sue recalled: ‘Michael said, ”I want to be King.” My husband and I had a good laugh. We couldn’t believe this was happening, the King of Pop wanted to dress up like a king, it was just too surreal’
‘I ran out front to greet them,’ Sue said. ‘Michael was really nice and said how much he loved our house.
‘Once inside he asked for a tour so I took him upstairs. We then sat in the lounge and I went into the kitchen to dish out the food.
‘Michael was great fun, he seemed like a normal guy. He said he knew the Bee Gees who lived in Florida, it was light conversation.
‘He seemed like a hands on father as well, he made sure both his children ate something.’
Sue and Darron had a female friend staying with them at the time with her young daughter.
‘There was six adults and five kids, including our two aged four and two, it was very intimate,’ Sue said.
After dinner everyone moved outside on to the dock behind the family’s house to watch the sunset.
But to really spice things up the couple, who run a costume supply company, had asked Jackson if he and the children wanted to try some costumes on after dinner.
‘They excitedly said yes, Prince wanted to be a superhero and Paris wanted to be Spiderman which I thought was strange for a girl,’ recalls Sue. ‘Then Michael said, ”I want to be King”.
The Goldmans said they don’t wish to comment on the controversy surrounding the recent HBO documentary Leaving Neverland, which leveled horrific accusations of child abuse at the superstar singer. Pictured: Michael testifying during a civil trial in December 2002
Jackson was traveling with his children Prince, then five, and Paris, aged four, and brought them along to the dinner party. Sue said: ‘Prince wanted to be a superhero and Paris wanted to be Spiderman which I thought was strange for a girl. Michael helped the children put their costumes on.’ Pictured: Paris, Prince and Blanket ‘Bigi’ Jackson at the memorial service for Jackson in 2009
Sue continued: ‘My husband and I had a good laugh. We couldn’t believe this was happening, the King of Pop wanted to dress up like a king, it was just too surreal.
‘Darron went over to the store and picked up all the outfits.’
After dinner Jackson expressed interest in buying some costumes, so Darron took the men into his office to talk business.
Then the group decided it was time to dress-up.
‘The real estate guy was a pimp, my husband was Obi-Wan Kenobi from Star Wars, Michael’s friend was a knight and Michael was a king,’ said Sue.
‘Michael helped the children put their costumes on and I helped him with his regal gown.
‘They all absolutely loved it, especially Paris as Spiderman.
‘I got the sense Michael was really into that kind of stuff, he loved to dress up and really played the part.’
Sue took a few happy snaps of the evening including a group picture in her husband’s office.
Secretive Jackson stopped short of letting her include his children in the photo, however – at that point the kids were still a guarded secret.
In the shot a huge blue dragon – a prop from the couple’s costume firm – towers above the group in the background.
Sue says Paris left behind a little red sweater, seen here being held by Sue and Darron’s daughter Alexandra, an 18-year-old medical student and aspiring actress
Jackson sat in an old wooden ornate chair – the perfect throne for a King of Pop – and is seen clutching a Christmas card given to him by Sue.
She said: ‘It had a picture of my family on the front, he loved it and kept hold of it all night.
‘Michael thanked us for a wonderful evening and even invited us over to Neverland.’
Then everyone left the house just before midnight.
Bizarrely Jackson walked out the door still wearing the crown and king’s gown.
‘He and the kids loved the outfits so much that we said they could keep them,’ said Sue.
Sue says Paris left behind a little red sweater, seen here being held by Sue and Darron’s daughter Alexandra, an 18-year-old medical student and aspiring actress.
She added: ‘It was a great night and definitely one we won’t forget in a hurry.’
The Goldmans said they don’t wish to comment on the controversy surrounding the recent HBO documentary Leaving Neverland, which leveled horrific accusations of child abuse at the superstar singer.
They instead choose to remember Jackson for the fun-filled father he was during his visit to their home.
‘It was a real fun day for all. We like to just look back and smile,’ said Darron.