While some questioned President Barack Obama‘s lack of a comment after Michael Jackson passed away last week, he says it was just a matter of having someone bring it up.
"Look, you’re the first person who’s actually asked me about it," he tells the Associated Press.
Obama did add that MJ will "go down in history as one of our greatest entertainers. I grew up on his music."
"I still have all his stuff on my iPod," revealed the commander-in-chief.
Obama also recognized that Michael’s life wasn’t perfect, saying he felt he’d experienced a "tragic and in many ways sad personal life."