Peter Andre wanted to ‘swap places’ with Michael Jackson contest winner Wade
Peter Andre has admitted he "wished it was" him when Michael Jackon’s alleged victim Wade Robson won a competition to meet the superstar.
The Mysterious Girl star, 46, was just 11 years old when he took part in the 1987 dance contest with Wade, which featured in Channel 4 documentary Leaving Neverland.
Wade won the chance to meet his idol Jackson while Peter came in second, and the singer said he moped for months because he wanted to swap places with him.
Peter told The Sun Online : "I was sad for months and months afterwards because the prize was to meet him [Jackson] and I never did…
"I felt devastated because I was very close to winning and, obviously, I wanted it to be me."
The pop star went on to explain that he had no idea that is was fellow Aussie Wade who had accused Jackson of sexual abuse until recently.
He added: "I remember talking to Wade at the time, but I never realised it was him [who went on to accuse Michael] until someone pointed it out to me recently."
A picture of Peter and Wade was shown in Leaving Neverland, which aired in two parts this week.
Wade was actually too young to enter the competition at the time, and if he’d been caught, Peter would have won the competition that would have introduced him to Jackson.
After winning the contest, Wade danced with the King of Pop at a concert in Australia the following night.
He was seen wearing a fedora hat and a red bow tie, along with Jackson’s signature short trousers, white socks and loafers.
He was befriended by the superstar and went on to move to America, where he alleges he was groomed and then sexually abused by Jackson.
Robson’s harrowing story was featured in the documentary alongside that of James Safechuck.
The film aired in two-parts and concluded last night.
It contained gruesome allegations of child abuse from the two men who claim they were tormented by Jackson as young boys.
Although many viewers were left in no doubt that the subjects were telling the truth, it sparked a massive backlash among many die-hard Jackson fans
It led to protests outside Channel 4 this week as Jackson’s loyal followers vented their fury over the decision to screen the movie.
Jackson’s family ave also launched a multi-million dollar lawsuit over the documentary, and publicly condemned the film as a "public lynching".
He died in 2009 aged 50.
Michael Jackson’s Leaving Neverland documentary
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