Aug 08 2011

‘Once Upon a Time’ in a Neverland Far, Far Away…

Category: Children,Friends,Photos,Prose/Essays,Quotes About MJSeven @ 5:13 pm

A while back, I wrote about a friend of Michael’s named Joanelle Romero and her daughter Sage, who worked with Michael on the Black or White video. Joanelle (Sage’s mother) had been friends with Michael at Gardner St. Elementary. But Joanelle and Sage were not the only ‘Romeros‘ whom Michael befriended. There was another.

LaLa Romero is a singer who remembers meeting and spending time with Michael as a 5-year old child. She shared her memories of Michael on her website. LaLa wrote:

Michael with little LaLa Romero at 5

Michael with sleepy little LaLa Romero at 5

I don’t tell this story too often, in fact growing up I kinda learned to just keep it to myself.

Whenever people would find out I knew him, a gang of silly, dumb questions would follow, and I would always end up having to defend someone I loved so much.

When I was 5, my cousin Brian and I where OBSESSED with Micheal Jackson. We had dolls, sleeping bags, lunch boxes, and OF COURSE the gloves. I was pretty convinced I was goin to be him when I grew up, and nobody could tell me otherwise! Brian was older then me, and found out at school MJ actually lived in the Valley, we lived in. Anyone from LA pretty much knew the house. So we wrote him letters and enclosed a bunch of pics, you remember the ones from school you’d write on the bk, yeah well, lucky Micheal got about 25 of me!! Basically we told him we LOVED him & I told him I was a singer and dancer!!! We also asked him to come to our house & visit!! Our loca tia Carol (RIP) took us to his house and we rang the gaurd gate. His gaurd came out to us & took our letters. WE WERE SOOOOOOO HAPPY, we KNEW he would get em!! I honestly can say we were just happy enough to see his gate & meet his gaurd NEVER did we really expect what happened next.

About 4 days later, at 10:30 pm, my mom got the call from Carol, Michael Jackson was HERE, in our APT building, on her couch. I was 5 & anybody who knows a 5 year old also knows that it’s damn near impossible to wake em up!! The pic you see of us is him holding me, cause I wouldn’t wake up, he insisted my parents take da pic so I would truly know he came!! A few days later I was going into the hospital for sugery & he called me. I couldn’t BELIEVE I was talking to Micheal Jackson & that he actually had my number!! Over the next few years he would invite Brian & I to his house, to watch him shot his videos & to his shows.

It’s weird, when I was lil, I didn’t really grasp FAME, especially his FAME. All I knew was he was my friend & I think thats why he liked me. My friendship with him changed my life. It was a HUGE influence, it made me believe having a singer career was in arms reach. My neighborhood didn’t support BIG DREAMS but his freindship gave me confidence & assurance that ANYTHING & EVERYTHING is possible, if you work hard & aren’t scared to try. His generousity & kindness inspires me daily. Here was the biggest super star in the world taking time out to come to a broken down apt building in Van Nuys CA to see his fans. He was ALWAYS about his fans & his community, and I really always knew that if I got my chance I would strive to be just like that!!

Even as a tiny lil girl I could see his saddness & his lonely. It was a part of him, I think his childhood, fame & money alienated him from most of the world. Thats why he loved US cause we didnt care about the BS!! We just had fun!! He was so goofy & silly, we would jump on his trampoline and raid his candy shop.

Micheal was like Edward Scissorhands & Willy Wonka to me, SOOOOO AMAZING in the HEART but so misunderstood by most! I love him always for touching my life & showing me a different world then the one I grew up in.

I hope those babies of his really grow up understanding that they did have the best daddy in the world. His heart & sprirt are what made him the GREATEST and so RARE.

One day I’ll post more pics, and tell ya specific stories!! All the good things ya heard about him were ALL TRUE!! I promise!!


LaLa Romero, Emmanuel Lewis, and Michael

LaLa Romero, Emmanuel Lewis, and Michael

Below is a video where LaLa Romero talks about friend and mentor Micheal Jackson:

LaLa Romero has a Facebook page here: and her website is

Thank you LaLa for sharing your memories of Michael with the world — and thanks to my friend Brigitte for finding the additional photos, video, and websites to accompany this amazing story.

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8 Responses to “‘Once Upon a Time’ in a Neverland Far, Far Away…”

  1. BlueLotus says:

    The magical Moonwalker who made “others” dreams come true!

  2. Michelle says:

    This story is sooo beautiful. Thank you, Seven! Michael is so filled with love and no artist today can touch him.

  3. Sarah says:

    Oh Michael!!!! xxxoooxxx

  4. Siu Siu from Hong Kong says:

    I love to read this kind of story, filled with love to Michael. We need more love.

  5. KC says:

    It is so nice to hear this wonderful story. Michael influenced so many people, but remained a very humble man. He was a gift from God. No artist can touch him. I miss him so much, as I felt an energy left the earth when he passed. Thanks so much for sharing.

  6. Joyce says:

    Thanks Seven, Brigitte, LaLa, and especially Michael! Sounds like he had a big part in making sure we were all able to enjoy reading this lovely story and gaze upon these beautiful photos!
    I absolutely believe that he makes sure we are all paying attention so we see, hear and feel exactly what we need at all different times and places. Michael’s loving heart touched so many people while he was here. Now he continues to touch and inspire all of us with his loving spirit that is everywhere and all around us!! I just love the picture of Michael holding a sleeping LaLa in his arms so gently. I have always thought he had the most incredible expressive hands! Thanks again!

  7. Seven says:

    That’s how I found the story too, Brigitte! Someone had just posted the photo alone, nothing to explain. The next day, while looking at something completely elsewhere, the story & photo appeared! It was as if It was “put in front of me” to find. I wondered which Romero girl it was, since I had the story about Joanelle Romero and her daughter. So I wondered who she was. Next day – *boom* there is the story amidst other things in a completely different place, along with that same photo. Then you found the additional photo, sites, and video. Amazing! I think maybe Michael wanted us to find this. Maybe he’s remembering through us.

  8. Brigitte Pfisterer says:

    Seven it was my pleasure to read this wonderful story on your wall. I just run into the other parts like they were prepared for me to find them … What a wonderful story! What a wonderful man!