What I tried to discuss in this article is the great difficulty it is to have such a visible disease whether you are a visible person like Michael Jackson, a newscaster like Lee Thomas or are one of the 65 million others who have this incurable disease. The lupus plays in because it limited what treatment that Michael could have since PUVA isn't reccommended if you have lupus. He really was between a rock and a hard place and most of us had no idea of what inner turmoil he must have felt.
It has been stated in multiple sites that Michael Jackson was diagnosed in
1986 with vitiligo and SLE (Systemic Lupus Erythematosus) The lupus was reported to be in remission.
There is no way to really find a site that has a direct quote from Michael Jackson that he announced to the public he had lupus which would not be something he would want to emphasize to his fans. Deepak Chopra admits Michael Jackson had lupus and he is an endocrinologist. Dr. Klein Michael's dermatologist told Larry King he tested Michael for lupus and he tested positive. Clearly it was revealed to some people which is how it got in the media but it was always downplayed.