It’s hard to be humble when you’re Kanye West. But when the rap superstar met Michael Jackson, his notoriously braggadocios demeanor gave way to reveal a visibly starstruck fan awed by the presence of his idol.
According to Business Insider, West’s fanboy moment with Jackson is among the revelations found in Remember the Time: Protecting Michael Jackson in His Final Days, a new book by two of the pop stars former bodyguards, Bill Whitfield and Javon Beard.
“Once Kanye saw Mr. Jackson, he was the one who was starstruck,” Whitfield and Beard write in the book, which was released today (June 3).
The two were meeting about a remix of Jackson’s “Billie Jean” for the Thriller 25 anniversary reissue.
“He started gushing. ‘Oh my God, Mr. Jackson, it’s such a pleasure and an honor to meet you. You just don’t know. I’m your biggest fan. I love you so much,'” they write. “The whole time, Kanye was like a kid in a candy store. I’ve never seen somebody be so humble. To see him that way was surreal. Everybody knows that Kanye can be very arrogant, and here he was just amazed to be in the same room as Mr. Jackson.”