TLC star Rozonda 'Chilli' Thomas admired MICHAEL JACKSON so much when she was a child, she telephoned his hospital after he suffered burns on the set of a Pepsi commercial.

The WATERFALLS singer, ex-girlfriend of R+B heart-throb Usher, was horrified in 1984 when she learned that Jackson's hair had caught alight during the Los Angeles shoot and she immediately tracked him down.

She says of Jackson, "I love him... Remember back in the day when he did that Pepsi commercial? I called the hospital and I got in trouble when the bill came in the mail but I didn't care because I just really wanted to make sure he was okay.

"They would not let me talk to him but they did tell me that he was okay."

22/07/2005 09:30