Fans Or Admirers?
I also think how Michael Jackson had "fans," and maybe Walter Cronkite had "admirers." Don't takes this in the wrong way, people loved Michale's music and what he did on the stage. His personal life however, left much to be desired. Now Walter Cronkite on the other hand wasn't terribly spectacular, but he was brilliant at his job, and it literally impacted an entire nation. On a personally level , Cronkite was married for nearly sixty-five years to Mary Elizabeth 'Betsy' Maxwell Cronkite. They were married on March 30, 1940, and remained together until her death in 2005. Jackson on the other hand had and often unhappy personal life to say the least.
The bottom line is that people loved what Michael did, but they loved who Walter was. It's common these days to say that a artist, performer, leader, or celebrity should only be valued for the work he or she performs, and their personal life should have no bearing on the issue. Perhaps I'm a little old fashioned in that regard I don't see how you can separate one from the other. I tend to believe your personal life, moral values, and spiritual bearing says a lot about the bigger picture of what your life and work means and how people will remember you. So, do you want fans or admirers?