“I don’t (get to have fun outside of my property). I go off property sometimes, but not all the time. I create my own world behind the gates because I can’t go to the local movie theater down the street or the local park down the street or go pick up ice cream at the market down at the corner store. So you want to create that world behind the gates. That’s what I like to do. It’s not just for me. I can share with my family or friends or whoever I do. […] I created Neverland as a home for myself and my children and it was created simply, it was almost like it was done subconsciously […] For me and sharing with others. It gave me a chance to do what I couldn’t do when I was little. We couldn’t go to movie theaters. We couldn’t do all those fun things. We were on tour. We were working hard. And we did enjoy it. But this allowed me to have a place behind the gates where the entire world I love is there. I’ve traveled the world over 8 times.
I do as many hospitals and orphanages as I do concerts. But, of course, it’s not covered (by the press). That’s not why I do it, for coverage. I do it because it’s from my heart. And there are so many children in the city who haven’t seen the mountains, who haven’t been on a carousel, who haven’t pet a horse or a llama, never seen them. So if I can open my gates and see that bliss, an explosion of screaming laughter from the children and they run on the rides, I say ‘Thank you, God.’ I feel I’ve won God’s smile of approval, because I’m doing something that brings joy and happiness to other people.”
OMJ Where can I find this?
Oh my freakin’ God he is so fine!
"Wetten Dass?", 1999
Michael & Nelson Mandela
South Africa, 1999