Music producer Quincy Jones has apologized for shooting his mouth off about Michael Jackson and the Beatles in recent interviews, revealing his comments led to a family intervention.
The legend stunned music fans when he took aim at the King of Pop in GQ and Vulture articles, suggesting he stole Donna Summer’s State of Independence for Billie Jean, and attacked the Beatles for being subpar musicians.
The defiant hitmaker hasn’t taken back anything he said, but suggests he should have kept some of his comments to himself, stating his interviews left members of his family concerned.
Quincy reveals his six daughters pulled him aside for a surprise “family intervention” due to some “silly things” he said, but the sober star insists he wasn’t drunk, as has been suggested, when he lashed out at his former music collaborators, calling the Fab Four “no-playing motherfuckers” and Paul McCartney “the worst bass player I ever heard”, and suggesting comedian Richard Pryor had been intimate with Marlon Brando, a claim that upset both Brando’s son and Pryor’s daughter.
Both lashed out at Jones, while Michael Jackson’s father Joe insisted the 84-year-old should have “known better” than to attack the Thriller hitmaker’s songwriting credentials.
Jones also claimed he dated President Donald Trump’s daughter, Ivanka, when she was 24 and he was 72, and criticised Taylor Swift and U2’s music.
In a statement released via Twitter on Thursday (February 22), the music mogul, who turns 85 next month, appears to regret his “wordvomit” writing: “I am sorry to anyone whom my words offended, and I am especially sorry to my friends who are still here with me and those who aren’t.”
He adds, “I am an imperfect human & I’m not afraid to say it. And I’m sorry & I’m not afraid to say it… I have LEARNED MY LESSON. Let me tell you, I’m so grateful for my daughters because they aren’t scared to stand up to their daddy.”