The Queen of Pop is missing her King. Madonna took to Instagram to pay tribute to her late friend and fellow superstar Michael Jackson on Monday, August 29, what would have been his 58th birthday.
Her Madgesty, who herself just turned 58 two weeks ago, posted four feels-inducing throwback pics of the pair from the ’80s and ’90s, including a snap from their iconic red carpet appearance at the 1991 Academy Awards.
“Happy Birthday to this wonderful and glorious creature!!” the “Vogue” singer captioned the collage. “ The King! Gone too soon! ❤️ ❣❤️❣❤️❣❤️❣❤️❣❤️❣.”
Jackson tragically passed away in June 2009 from acute propofol and benzodiazepine intoxication. The “Thriller” crooner — who is survived by his three children Prince, 19, Paris, 18, and Blanket, 14 — was 50 years old at the time of his death.
That same year, Madonna honored her pal and his chart-topping career during a heartrending speech at the MTV Video Music Awards.
“In a desperate attempt to hold on to his memory, I went on the internet to watch old clips of him dancing and singing on TV and on stage, and I thought, ‘My God, he was so unique, so original, so rare. And there will never be anyone like him again.’ He was a king,” she told the star-studded audience in 2009. “But he was also a human being, and, alas, we are all human beings, and sometimes we have to lose things before we can truly appreciate them.”
During an October 2009 interview with Rolling Stone, the Material Girl revealed that while she and Jackson made a failed attempt to work together, they ended up spending the entirety of their friendship having fun. “So that’s what we were doing: watching movies, having dinner, hanging out, going to the Oscars, being silly, seeing if we could work,” she told the magazine. “He got relaxed. He took off his sunglasses, had a glass of wine, I got him to laugh.”
As it happens, the late Prince — a close acquaintance of Madonna and the Jackson 5 alum — would have celebrated his 58th birthday back in June. As previously reported, the “Purple Rain” songwriter died of an opioid overdose at age 57 on April 21, in an elevator of his Paisley Park compound in Chanhassen, Minnesota.
Jackson’s firstborn son, Prince, also shared sweet sentiments for his deceased father on his special day. He uploaded an image of a sonnet dedicated to his legendary dad, tweeting, “Today we celebrate the birthday of a legend, but don’t forget to celebrate the Man. Here is a sonnet written for him.”
“Happy birthday to the Man who was more than a legend,” the teen added. “I love you.”