Is Michael Jackson Really Ailing?

Gladys Knight sure seems to think so. She seems to think that his family is playing down his physical problems.

The soul legend phoned in support to Jackson during his recent child molestation trial, and she’s now praying for his recovery so he can get back to making the music she loves. But Knight insists her pal needs a little health help so he can get back on his feet.

She says, “It’s been hard for me to watch (the trial coverage) because I knew the Jacksons and I watched Michael grow into his music… and then I watched him retreat and become an introvert. “I talked to him a couple of times during the trial and he’s really sick. I don’t know why they don’t bring that out. Physically, it’s not an act… I just pray for him all the time.”

Ill or not ill, the gloved one has retrieved his passport and is now on a much needed vacation in the Gulf Arab country of Bahrain on a private visit to “relax,” a Bahraini official said on Thursday.

Knight Urges Jackson’s To Reveal The Extent Of Michael’s Illness [contactmusic]