Soleil Moon Frye, aka 1980s television's Punky Brewster, says that when she was a child, she had a "heart-to-heart" chat with Michael Jackson
in a hot tub and that the King of Pop also saved her from a swan.
The 35-year-old former child star reveals details her encounters with the late pop star in her new book "Happy Chaos," which was released on Tuesday, August 23.
Frye says in the book that she met Jackson
at a Bruce Springsteen concert she attended with Kidada Jones, the daughter of music producer Quincy Jones, who worked with the pop star. Jackson
showed up at the box they were sitting in with his friend, actress Elizabeth Taylor, who passed away earlier this year.
Frye, who was 8 years old at the time, says Jackson
later invited the two girls to his home and that she took him up on his offer two weeks later.
She and her mother showed up at his ranch in North Hollywood, which is near Los Angeles. Kidada Jones was there as well and she and Frye were later permitted to remain alone with Jackson
and watch "Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory," a 1971 film starring Gene Wilder as a chocolate factory owner who takes a group of children on an tour of his mysterious and seemingly magical facility.
Frye says Kidada Jones left the house after the three finished watching the movie and that Jackson
then offered to show her his animals. The singer was known for keeping a wide variety of pets, notably his chimpanzee, Bubbles.
"We went outside on his stunning property and began walking over a bridge when a swan jumped out at me," Frye says in her book. "Michael threw me to the ground in an effort to protect me. he explained that the female swan was pregnant and so the male swan was protecting her. Seemed normal, I guess."
The two later returned to the house. Jackson
asked if she wanted "to take a Jacuzzi" and she accepted. She says she changed into a swimsuit and the two sat in a hot tub "talking about life, love and the secrets of the world."
"I remember him talking about the fact that he related more to kids than adults and that grown-ups never completely understood him," Frye says. "He sat across from me and we had a dialogue as if we were peers - a true heart-to-heart. He never made me feel like this was a bizarre situation. It just seemed as if he really wanted someone to talk to, someone who would make no judgments about him."
Frye said the two later played games in the house and that she never saw the pop star again after her mother picked her up.
"This story is not one I have shared often, but now I realize, if even for only one night, Michael Jackson
was my babysitter," she wrote. "As strange as it all sounds - and I know it sounds strange - it was a highlight in my young life."