However, Quincy Jones, who produced Thriller and several of Jackson's other albums, allegedly said that the woman in the song, Billlie Jean, was a real stalker who followed the star and wrote letters to him, claiming that he had fathered one of her children. Jackson arrived home one day, to find the woman lounging by his pool, wearing a bathing suit and sunglasses.
According to Quincy Jones, the woman claimed that Michael Jackson was the father of one of her twins, which amused Jones, greatly!
Jackson had a hard time dealing with the unwanted attention that this fan forced on him and as a result, he became more and more reclusive.
While the song was under construction, Michael Jackson was getting really excited about it. He felt that it was going to be a huge hit. Whist driving along the highway in his Rolls Royce, during a break from recording, he was so absorbed in the song that he didn't notice the car was on fire. Luckily, a motorcyclist caught his attention and signalled that something was wrong.
In his autobiography, Moonwalk, Jackson states that Qunicy Jones wanted to call the song "Not My Lover." He feared that it would be confused with Billie Jean King, the tennis player. They argued and Jackson got his way.
Billie Jean was probably the track that made Thriller such a huge success. The following year, Pepsi sponsored a Jacksons tour and in return, called on Miachel Jackson to perform the song in a TV commercial. During filming, a firework display went off behind him and sparks set his hair alight, causing second degree burns.
Jackson performed his first ever moonwalk in May 1983, when he sang Billie Jean on the TV show, "Motown 25: Yesterday, Today, Forever."
NME wrote that many people have noticed how similar Billie Jean sounds to the Hall & Oates song I Can't Go For That (no can do.) When asked if he thought the 'King of Pop' had been inflluenced by his song, Daryl Hall said, "No question about it. Michael Jackson once said directly to me that he hoped I didn't mind that he copped that groove. That's okay, it's something we all do."
In 2012, the handwritten lyrics to Billie Jean, sold at auction for $40,625.