Quincy Jones is a musical legend, a musician that Time Magazine named one of the most influential jazz musicians of the 20th century. He was a producer that co-produced Michael Jackson’s biggest-selling albums and a songwriter that became the first African-American to be nominated for an Academy Award for Best Original Song (among a bunch of other things that earned him 28 grammys and a net worth of $310 million).
But the 84-year-old doesn’t want to talk about that. What he does want to do is dish some serious gossip—or, at the very least, that’s certainly what he did in an unbelievable tell-all in New York Magazine that has the Internet going crazy bananas.
“All I’ve ever done is tell the truth,” he said, “I’ve got nothing to be scared of, man.” And, boy, does he mean it.
Among some of the juicy gems that he dropped was the claim that that the late, great Michael Jackson actually stole a lot of his most famous songs, and that the reason he got so much plastic surgery was because his father used to tell him he was ugly and was very abusive.
He also said he knew (though he wished he didn’t) who killed Kennedy: Sam Giancana, a Chicago gangster who has long been one of the suspects for the president’s assassination, but only among conspirators, because if Kennedy did order to get him killed, that would validate the conspiracy theory that Kennedy got help from the mob to win votes in Illinois in the presidential election. Which, according to Quincy, is exactly what happened. “The connection was there between Sinatra and the Mafia and Kennedy. Joe Kennedy—he was a bad man—he came to Frank to have him talk to Giancana about getting votes.”
In more jaw-dropping comments, he said that the Beatles “were the worst musicians in the world” and Paul McCartney in particular was “the worst bass player” he had ever heard.
Oh, and apparently Marlon Brando had sex with James Baldwin, Richard Pryor, and Marvin Gaye, among others, because he’d have sex with anyone.
There were a few other great one-off lines that you want to crochet onto a pillow (“When I go to Dublin, Bono makes me stay at his castle”), but the biggest revelation had to be when he just casually dropped that he used to “date” Ivanka.
Twelve years ago. When he was 72. And she was 24.
Now, granted, even though he says he “used to date Ivanka,” which implies some sort of ongoing relationship, what he subsequently describes sounds more like a dinner between two powerful, influential people.
“Yes, sir. Twelve years ago. Tommy Hilfiger, who was working with my daughter Kidada, said, ‘Ivanka wants to have dinner with you.’ I said, ‘No problem. She’s a fine motherf*cker.’ She had the most beautiful legs I ever saw in my life. Wrong father, though.”
Ivanka Trump has yet to respond to the claims, and most of the Internet is laughing them off. However, the man has previously claimed to have 22 girlfriends from all over the world who all know about each other, and he does have 7 children from 5 different women, so…who knows?
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