“Billie Jean is not my lover
She’s just a girl who claims that I am the one
But the kid is not my son
She says I am the one, but the kid is not my son”
We’re all familiar with the hit single “Billie Jean” from Michael Jackson’s sixth solo album, Thriller (1982), but who was he singing about? Who the heck was this chick claiming he was the father of her child? Is the song even based on a real life experience or did Jackson just write up a catchy little ditty about a rather realistic scenario?
In an interview, Jackson stated that Billy Jean isn’t just one particular person, but rather a certain type of person:
“There is a girl named Billie Jean, but it’s not about that Billie Jean. Billie Jean is kind of anonymous. It represents a lot of girls. They used to call them groupies in the ’60s. They would hang around backstage doors, and any band that would come to town they would have a relationship with, and I think I wrote this out of experience with my brothers when I was little. There were a lot of Billie Jeans out there. Every girl claimed that their son was related to one of my brothers.”
So there you have it.
And today’s question: Is there a Billie Jean in your life?