|Real Name:||Wade Jeremy William Robson|
|Birthday:||September 17, 1982|
|Net Worth||$2 million|
|Occupation:||Dancer and choreographer|
Wade Robson is an Australian dancer and choreographer. Most people know him because of his friendship with Michael Jackson.
Born on September 17, 1982, Robson began performing when he was just five years old. During his career, he directed music videos and world tours for pop artists such as Britney Spears and NSYNC. He was also the host and executive producer for The Wade Robson Project, airing on MTV in 2003.
In 2007, Robson joined Fox television dance series So You Think You Can Dance as a judge. He owes most of his success to Michael Jackson. He started his career by imitating the King of Pop and his moves.
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Career Ups and Downs
Robson started his career through talent shows. He was five years old when he performed with a group of dancers from Johnny Young’s Talent School. He was five when he won a Michael Jackson dancing competition. As a winner, he got the chance to attend a concert and meet the King of Pop. The two stayed in touch.
With the help of Michael Jackson, Wade and his mother and sisters moved to America. He appeared in music videos by Michael Jackson. Some of his appearances included Black or White, Heal the World, and Jam.
He hired his agent at 11 years old. With his friend DeWayne Turrentine, Robson formed the hip-hop duo Quo. By the end of the year, they released an album on Michael Jackson’s music label.
When he was just 12 years old, he was teaching dance classes in Hollywood. Along with a couple of dancing children, Robson performed internationally. His first choreography job was for the R&B group Immature. He was 14 years old at the time. After that, he got hired by Britney Spears. He choreographed her commercial for Pepsi, including the one airing during the 2001 Super Bowl.
Robson choreographed the performance by NSYNC and Britney Spears at the 1999 Video Music Awards. He co-directed Britney Spears’s world tour in 1999 and 2000. Other jobs included No Strings Attached tour for NSYNC and Dream Within a Dream Tour for Spears. In 2001, Robson partnered with Justin Timberlake.
As a choreographer, he got his own show on MTV, the Wade Robson Project. It was a talent search competition for hip-hop dancers. In 2007, he got hired as a choreographer for the American Idols LIVE! Tour. The same year, he was part of the second and third season of So You Think You Can Dance.
This led to Primetime Emmy Award in 2008 for the jazz routine Humming Bird and the Flower. That performance was absolutely genius, brilliant, and one of the routines fans will remember.
Britney Spears hired him and his wife Amanda to direct and choreograph The Circus Starring Britney Spears tour. Yet, in the midst of the tour, Britney replaced them with Jamie King.
Child Abuse Allegations
Wade Robson is a great choreographer. But most people know him because of his friendship with Michael Jackson. The two became friends when Michael toured Australia, and Wade was five years old.
Michael helped Wade move to America together with his mother and sisters. The King of Pop also helped Robson succeed in Hollywood and America.
When Michael got arrested in 2005, Wade was the first one to defend Jackson. He stated that he stayed in the same bed with Michael, but the King of Pop never touched him.
However, in 2013, Wade changed his statement. He said Michael actually sexually abused him. According to Robson, Michael abused him for seven years. That was from age 7 to age 14. At the trial, Robson said he changed his statement because of Michael’s manipulation and brainwashing. According to his statement, Michael said both of them would go to prison if the allegations were public.
Wade also said that he experienced nervous breakdowns in 2011 and 2012. That is when he got his children. Robson also made a documentary, Leaving Neverland. In the documentary, he filmed alongside James Safechuck and explained the sexual abuse allegations.
In 2019, a video appeared showing Wade and his mother contradicting the claims about Michael in Leaving Neverland documentary.
Personal Life and Relationships
Wade dated Michael Jackson’s niece Brandi for seven years. Michael introduced them during a photoshoot when they were children. They were friends for 10 years. Then, Robson asked the King of Pop to set them up.
Things ended badly after a while. Brandi claimed Wade cheated on her with Britney Spears, while she was with Justin Timberlake. Some rumors suggest Cry Me a River is a song inspired by Britney cheating on Justin with Wade.
Now, Wade is with Amanda Rodriguez. They got married in 2005 and have one child, Koa. Amanda is also a choreographer.
Life After Neverland
His net worth is close to $2 million, most of that is thanks to his success alongside Michael Jackson. Some say that he sued Michael Jackson because he was low on cash. Nowadays, he uses dance to help people overcome emotional turmoil and abuse.