Michael Jackson cut short his $10 million (GBP5 million) appearance at the birthday party of a Brunei royal this weekend (26May07), because he was ill. The Thriller hitmaker was paid to be the guest of honour at Prince Azim's 25th birthday celebrations in an English country estate on Saturday, but the singer left the party early claiming he had food poisoning from the lavish buffet laid on for the bash. British newspaper the Daily Mirror reports Jackson was overheard saying, "I am feeling ill and so weak. I had to go to the bathroom to vomit. I think it must be the food. I feel terrible. "I want to go now! Please call the prince, I want to say goodbye." Other guests at the party included former supermodel Jerry Hall and designer Roberto Cavalli.