When the first iPhone came out in 2007, everyone wanted to try Apple’s next big gadget — including the King of Pop, Michael Jackson.
But the singer may not have had access to the hottest piece of tech if it weren’t for his security guard.
In a new book out today, “Remember the Time: Protecting Michael Jackson in His Final Days,” two of Jackson’s security guards, Bill Whitfield and Javon Beard, reveal what it was like working with the artist during the final years of his life.
The book details how poorly Jackson’s financial situation was handled — a t one point, Whitfield says he overheard Jackson say he had no idea where his money was or how much he had — and how both guards weren’t paid for months on end.
Nevertheless, the star still managed to drop thousands of dollars on FAO Schwarz toy trips and miscellaneous purchases ranging from a nearly seven-foot-tall Tinkerbell replica to $1,000 on a theater display for “The Simpsons Movie.”
About halfway through the book, Whitfield recalls how Jackson wanted the iPhone when it first came out.
Whitfield said after Beard stood for two and a half hours in line to make the purchase, he was asked by Jackson to set up the phone.
What should have been a simple task ended up turning into a nightmare.