It seems that Michael Jackson cannot now even go shopping, without causing some form of media stir.
This time he was seen taking a shopping trip to a Bahrain mall, wearing a black abaya robe and veil hiding his face; these are clothes traditionally worn by women.
He was with three children, whose faces were covered by dark scarves.
Jackson was at the Marina Mall in Manama, the Bahraini capital, holding a child by the hand. On the way out via a back door, he shook hands with security guards.
He was wearing an abaya, a robe with long sleeves, under which his trousers, white shirt and shoes could be seen. His head and face were wrapped in a black veil, and he had black gloves on his hands.
Jackson was accompanied by a woman, also in an abaya and with a scarf partially covering her face, who had the two other children.
The woman's identity was not known.
The woman asked photographers to respect their privacy, needless to say that call went unheeded!