Soleil Moon Frye

'Punky' star recalls jacuzzi visit with Michael Jackson

Aug. 23, 2011 at 9:20 AM ET

"Punky Brewster" star Soleil Moon Frye is all grown up now: the 35-year-old mother of two now spearheads her own parenting blog, and is the author of the book "Happy Chaos." Fans of the Punky character will enjoy portions of the book where Frye talks about her own similarities to Brewster, but there's a surprise in store, too. Frye reveals she was one of the kid stars with whom Michael Jackson shared a hot tub. 

"So there I was sitting with Michael Jackson, alone in his Jacuzzi, talking about life, love, and the secrets of the world. I was eight years old. Yes, I know you're probably horrified, or at least a little confused as you read this, wondering how in the world I got there," Frye writes.

She explains that she met Jackson through his close friend Quincy Jones, and shortly thereafter, Frye and her mother were invited to Jackson's home. "Michael took my mother and me on a tour of his home. We saw his elaborate costumes encased in glass, his bedroom, all of his knickknacks, and his stunning recording studio ... We watched 'Willy Wonka,' and Michael and I sat next to each other. He had a way of speaking as if he were a child, too."

On Tuesday's TODAY, Frye told Anne Curry of the visit, "I didn't realize how strange it was then."

You can watch the entire segment above, or click here to read Frye's guest post on TODAY Moms.

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