The only distinction between his stage clothes and those he wore on the street seemed to be in the density of sequins. He sparkled more onstage, which seems to be both a fact and a metaphor. Jackson came of age before it was common for celebrities to let the public into their lives, before it became a rite of passage to tear down the wall that separates fans from stars. Jackson made it clear that he was never going to be like anyone else. He was larger than life. He was a star.