In a revelation that should surprise no one who knows the consummate fabulousness of Kyle Richards' childhood, The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills mom recently shared that she used to trip the light fantastic on roller skates with none other than Michael Jackson.
"[He was] just the most loving, sweet, gentle, kind soul I've maybe ever met, honestly," she gushed on The Tomorrow Show. "When we were kids, we would go to the roller rink and he would hold my hand and he would get so shy and embarrassed when the fans would come out."
She continued, "He would go like this," she motioned him dropping her hand. "He would get so stressed with everybody coming up to him, it was the Jackson 5 then. When I was a little girl I remember he taught me how to do the Robot standing on a pool table in the den in my house. And later, he was an amazing father with his kids."
Their skate dates are an especially sweet memory in light of the news that the most classic roller rink in Los Angeles is about to be reopened. No word on if that's where they actually twirled, but the odds are strong.
Kyle's said her outings with Michael and her friendship with him were natural extensions of the King of Pop's close relationship with her older sister Kathy Hilton, who met him when she was just 13 and attended high school with him. The Jackson siblings were often at their house, and their families would even spend Christmas together over the years. According to Michael's sister La Toya Jackson, the two even made a pact that who had a daughter first would name her Paris — and both ended up with daughters named Paris.
The family remained close to Michael right up until his untimely death on June 25, 2009 (Kyle's husband Mauricio Umansky's birthday, she sadly noted in the interview). Kathy Hilton told Piers Morgan in an interview after Michael's passing that they had both briefly been living at the Hotel Bel-Air, and had years ago stayed at the Waldorf Astoria in NYC at the same time.
Mauricio, who represented the listing of Michael's last house after he died, remembered him as a family friend and "amazing human being — he changed music as we know it."