Tatiana Thumbtzen & Michael Jackson

Tatiana Thumbtzen and Michael Jackson
Tatiana Thumbtzen and Michael Jackson  

Tatiana Thumbtzen and Michael Jackson dated in 1988.

On Screen Matchups

Tatiana Thumbtzen and Michael Jackson were in Michael Jackson: The Way You Make Me Feel(1987) together.


Tatiana Thumbtzen is a 62 year old American Actress. Born Stephanie Yvonne Thumbtzen on 22nd April, 1960 in Clearwater, Florida, USA, she is famous for her role as the love interest of pop star Michael Jackson in the music video for his song "The Way You Make Me Feel" from his seventh studio album, Bad. Her zodiac sign is Taurus.

American Singer Michael Jackson was born Michael Joseph Jackson on 29th August, 1958 in Gary, Indiana, USA and passed away on 25th Jun 2009 Holmby Hills, Los Angeles, California, USA aged 50. He is most remembered for Jackson 5/Solo Career. His zodiac sign is Virgo.


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Dating1988 - 1988
Total 1987 - 1988 1 year

Tatiana Thumbtzen was the star of Michael Jackson’s video The Way You Make Me Feel. She performed with him at he 1988 Grammys and did shows with him in on the second leg of the Bad Tour in Kansas City and New York, where she famously kissed him during their performance.
"To this day I have no idea what I did that was so terrible, but that was the end of the tour for me. I was not asked back when the Bad tour went on to several cities. Sheryl Crow took my place.
I went home and cried incredibly hard, over both the lost opportunity and over losing Michael. His mother, Katherine, was also puzzled by what happened. She later invited me several times to the Jackson compound in Encino and we talked at length. She told me that when we were shooting the video, Michael had asked her what he should do with me. He had told her how much he liked me and that he had feelings for me. She had told him to express himself, to tell me about his feelings.
He never did tell me anything of the kind, although several others in his camp – bodyguards, secretaries, and writers – had let me know. The only explanation I could fathom was that Michael’s top managers must have seen me as a threat. The Bad tour was one of the most successful promotions of his career, and the people working for him did not want anything to mess it up, especially a relationship with some girl they hardly knew.
Perhaps they thought of me as someone who, like a crazed fan, imagined herself being lovers with the superstar. Michael had done a music video of “Dirty Diana” with a similar storyline. To me, however, the feelings between us had always seemed very mutual. I felt a bond with him. Maybe it was because he, too, seemed to want to think of the world as color blind.
Perhaps, however, I was naive or mistaken or read too much into some of the things that happened between Michael and me. Even if that is so, I always behaved in a completely professional manner. Unfortunately, being fired from that tour had terrible repercussions for me both psychologically and professionally. I hope I will be able to put the experience behind me someday and go on, but for years it has haunted me. Certainly it illustrates how show business, money, and greed can keep apart two people who care for each other.
Encino, 1989
Joseph Jackson Misguides My Career
After leaving the Michael Jackson tour, Joseph Jackson, Michael’s father, wanted to sign me to a management contract. Like Michael’s mother, he also sympathized with me and didn’t like what had happened to me on the tour. When he proposed that he become my manager, I hoped he might really be able to help me. I had never had any problems getting contracts with agents or managers but finding one who could really build my career seemed to be the real challenge. I knew that Joseph was quite the ladies’ man, but he never tried to have his way with me. At the time we met he had a little Asian girl under contract, to whom he paid a lot of attention – unfortunately more than he ended up paying to me professionally.
After a while I realized that Joseph wasn’t going to be able to help me. In fact, I suspected that being under contract to him was probably hurting my career. All I wanted was to get out from under his control, but everyone to whom I showed the contract, including agents and lawyers, told me I was locked in. They said I needed a high-powered attorney with connections, but I had neither the money nor the clout to get one."

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Relationship Timeline

1988 - Breakup

1988 - Hookup

Couple Comparison

Tatiana Thumbtzen
Michael Jackson
Tatiana Thumbtzen
Michael Jackson
Age (at start of relationship)
5' 7" (170 cm)
5' 11" (180 cm)
Hair Color
Eye Color
Brown - Dark
Brown - Dark

Onscreen Matchups

  • Michael Jackson: The Way You Make Me Feel Michael Jackson: The Way You Make Me Feel 1987


Posted commentsView all comments (10)

mrsbrownstone58mrsbrownstone58Mar 15, 2021

Please, delete Tatiana. They even didn't date. Yeah, Michael was attracted to her but never was in serious relationship with her. She's nothing else than obsessed girl. They lied about their relationship and even wrote a book about it, with mostly lies. Stop believing in this woman. She was also a participant of documentary '' Michael Jackson's Boys'' and literally backstabbed, told nasty, untrue things about him.

thejflo2thejflo2Mar 14, 2014

They did date, but it wasn't anything serious.

RoxanneAug 22, 2012

She wasn't even dating Michael. She never did. They were just friends. She was pretty obsessed if you ask me. Michael didn't love her in the way she wanted him too. He wasn't interested in her.

hilmj81Dec 26, 2011

no doubts they were cute together but i think she was in love with him but not michael if he had fellings for her he could have find her over the years infact she told herself michael never contacted her maybe he had just a crush on her and nothing more

JohnAndEdwardJohnAndEdwardMay 18, 2011

Cute together.. But she makes me super jealous.. She's goooorgeous.

Quynh AnhFeb 17, 2010

i wish Michael married Tatiana, they made a beautiful couple!!!

markilew250Feb 14, 2010

Can ANYBODY tell me if thtey`ve read or know anything about Tatiana Yvonne Thumbtzen `s The Lost Chapter?

MJfangirlFeb 14, 2010

they would be such a great couple. tatiana was the perfect women for michael. michael slovenia loves you r.i.p. i love you

kristenJan 8, 2010

they looke good together, but not

lorenepichayAug 1, 2009


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