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Woman claims she was Michael Jackson’s lover for two decades

SECRET RELATIONSHIP: Shana Mangatal and Michael Jackson

A WOMAN claiming to be the long-term lover of Michael Jackson is gearing for the release of her explosive tell-all book detailing their romance over two decades.

Seven years since his passing, Shana Mangatal is putting the details of her alleged relationship with the pop star into a memoir titled Michael and Me: The Untold Story of Michael Jackson’s Secret Romance.

The book is set for release on August 29 - what would have been Jackson’s 58th birthday.

According to Radar Online, Mangatal first met Jackson in 1988 and claims they shared “20 years of different encounters and intimate phone conversations”.

In the book she reveals that Jackson undeniably “loved women” and wasn’t “asexual”, despite several rumours about his sexuality.

"The book covers all of that from me meeting him as a fan and him flirting with me at our very first meeting and from then on I was like, 'OK, there's more to Michael that meets the eye, because he just flirted with me,’” Mangatal told the publication.

The 46-year-old, who was an actress at the time, went on to star in two of Jackson’s short films. She claims the reason their secret relationship ended was because of his marriages.

"He was very respectful of his marriages and that's why it was sporadic," she said. "We became really close during the 1993 scandal and he married Lisa Marie so that kind of cut things off a bit until the divorce."

Despite the singer passing away seven years ago, the writer reveals that she has only recently been able to open up about their relationship after revisiting the icon’s pictures and diaries she kept detailing their relationship.

"His death was so painful," Mangatal said. "Finally, I also picked up my old diaries from back then and read them all and when I was reading I thought, 'Wow. If only the public knew these things about Michael, maybe their opinions of him would change!' Because I see as the years go on, his legacy is not really being remembered as it should be."

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