According to La Toya, Michael was especially distressed by his nose and would say: ‘It’s too big, I want to get it done.’ 1979, right: An apparently confident 20-year-old Jackson shows off his new nose.Ashamed to admit he just wanted a smaller nose, he claimed he’d had an operation after breaking it during a dance rehearsal.This is in California, so poor, brown Gary, with its poisonous air you could smell from leagues away—a decade's exposure to which may already have damaged his immune system in fateful ways—is the past.He thinks about things and sometimes talks them over with his friends Marvin Gaye and Diana Ross when they are hanging out. The albums he and his brothers make have a few nice tunes, to sell records, then a lot of consciously second-rate numbers, to satisfy the format.
(In 1992 he was spotted wearing a prosthetic nose tip to try to cover up the botched results of the surgery.) He has a new dimple in his chin and has had chin implants to make it larger. He has what we call an end-stage nose, one that’s beyond the point of no return’2003, left: Looking more feminine shortly after the birth of his third child, Blanket.Despite its success, Jackson believed Off the Wall was pigeonholed as an R&B record.Determined to break through this glass ceiling, he reunited with Jones to create Thriller, the 1982 album that shattered every music record on the books.He started out modestly enough — by just wanting a different nose.In the end, after up to 100 procedures, he was desperately trying to repair the damage done by reckless and botched operations and injections.1977, left: Only 19, Michael is the star of the Jackson Five and about to launch himself as a solo performer.However, he wasn’t satisfied with this result — Dr Steven Hoefflin, who performed a second nose job to correct the original operation, said that he was left with breathing difficulties and ‘required further work’1983, left: Publicising his best-selling album Thriller, Michael has got rid of his teenage afro and is wearing skin-lightening make-up.