Michael Jackson 'chemically castrated' as child: doctor

Mar 02, 2011

Michael Jackson may have been more prince than king of pop, a French doctor says in a new book alleging his wide-ranging voice resulted from a childhood chemical castration to fight acne.

"When he died, I realised that he was an unusual phenomenon," Alain Branchereau, an opera buff and professor of at Timone University Hospital in France's Mediterranean port of Marseille, told AFP.

"I said, 'That's the voice of a castrato!'."

After discussing the voice with his colleagues, including endocrinologists, Branchereau ended up with the theory of chemical castration through the synthetic anti-male hormone drug Cyproterone.

"When he was 12, Michael Jackson had acne. We know this, he spoke about it himself as a tragedy. What I think could have happened is that his people suggested this miracle treatment," the doctor said.

Cyproterone "blocks puberty, the voice can't mature," he said, adding that he had read around 20 books on the subject, studied photographs and spoken to specialists in dermatology, voice physiology, plastic surgery, urology as well as to a former singer with the Petits Chanteurs de Sainte-Croix boys choir.

The drug stops bodily hair and the from growing and affects the bones, leaving the body with a slight frame but a large chest.

Once the treatment is finished, the patient "keeps a child's larynx all his life in a man's body," said Branchereau.

The doctor also noted that a male voice breaks during adolescence, becoming difficult to control. "But Michael Jackson never stopped singing," he said.

"An important part of my theory is this voice's exceptional character, which covers three octaves. But I haven't found any grown men's voices that cover three octaves."

Branchereau admitted that he had not contacted Jackson's family or friends for his book, ", the secret of a voice," due out on March 9.

"We will never have proof," the doctor said. "Unless his entourage says something."

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JRDarby
not rated yet Mar 02, 2011
Speculation on the level of Kay Redfield Jameson trying to label many of the greats as having bipolar with little but circumstantial evidence.
PieRSquare
5 / 5 (1) Mar 02, 2011
"An important part of my theory is this voice's exceptional character, which covers three octaves. But I haven't found any grown men's voices that cover three octaves."
Roy Orbison had a 3 octave range. 'Chemical castration' is bit misleading as he did have children afterwards.
Decimatus
5 / 5 (2) Mar 02, 2011
"An important part of my theory is this voice's exceptional character, which covers three octaves. But I haven't found any grown men's voices that cover three octaves."
Roy Orbison had a 3 octave range. 'Chemical castration' is bit misleading as he did have children afterwards.


Or did he?

But jokes aside, the use of castration is prhaps a poor word choice for the average person.
Bob_Kob
1 / 5 (1) Mar 03, 2011
Did he have children? I don't know about you but those kids where white - and afaik mr jackson didnt have gene altering procedures!
Deadbolt
4 / 5 (1) Mar 04, 2011
This makes things even more tragic. No wonder he felt like he was a child.

If he wasn't allowed to develop properly, it certainly explains a lot.
ahmedgnz
5 / 5 (1) Mar 05, 2011
Michael Jackson's voice DID change during puberty: he went from being a boy soprano to the high tenor that his voice coach Seth Riggs deemed him as. Although he did have over a 3 octave range (from E2 to B5), Michael accomplished the highest notes of this register using that uniquely smooth falsetto so distinctive of his style. In this respect, he was no different from a fully hormonally adult countertenor, who can sometimes hit the alto top note of F5 using his modal or speaking voice but can only achieve the soprano G5, A5, and B5 (and beyond) through falsetto.
Andreak
not rated yet Mar 05, 2011
This Trash Never ends about Michael Jackson , Just someone else trying to make a Buck , Michaels Voice was a gifts from God not from some surgery he had , These people make me sick , He was a normal Man with extraordinary talent , who was always misunderstood , This is Trash Lies and makes me sick !!!!!!!
Skeptic_Heretic
1 / 5 (1) Mar 05, 2011
"An important part of my theory is this voice's exceptional character, which covers three octaves. But I haven't found any grown men's voices that cover three octaves."
Roy Orbison had a 3 octave range. 'Chemical castration' is bit misleading as he did have children afterwards.

No, he certainly didn't. I'd be willing to put down a large wager on those kids not being biologically related to him.
TheGhostofOtto1923
3 / 5 (6) Mar 05, 2011
Here's a gentleman with probably 4 octaves +, so to speak. I would not be surprised if he was self-emasculated. For fun.
http
://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yvxud5wpuvY&feature=youtube_gdata_player
TheGhostofOtto1923
2.8 / 5 (6) Mar 05, 2011
And of course another androgene of note, with similar range and style:
http
://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8iJDtAqHO-s&feature=youtube_gdata_player

I do believe that could be a Koran he's tearing up? Probably not.

-Also, many non-traditional couples are having biological offspring:
http
://gaylife.about.com/od/gayparentingadoption/a/surrogacy.htm

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