(LOS ANGELES) — In the ongoing Jackson family saga, it appears that Jermaine Jackson wants to be the peacemaker.
In a lengthy essay to which he has tweeted a link, Jermaine relates a conversation that he had with his son, Jaafar, in which Jaafar asked him, “Is it true that we cannot visit grandmother’s house as a family anymore?” This “heart-breaking” conversation, writes Jermaine, caused him to reconsider the events of the past few weeks.
“Enough has become enough,” he writes. “After much soul-searching, it is clearly time for us to live by Michael’s words about love not war. In this spirit, I offer this statement by way of extending an olive-branch.”
Jermaine then announces that he is rescinding his signature from a letter from him and his siblings Randy, Tito, Rebbie and Janet Jackson, in which they called for the resignation of the executors of Michael Jackson’s estate because they have “failed to perform” their duties and “taken advantage of a grieving mother and family.” That letter also claimed that the executors know that Michael’s signature on his will is fradulent.
Jermine writes in his essay, “I still hold deep reservations about many issues involving the Estate, and I will continue to bring scrutiny and a resolute voice wherever we have cause for concern. But the way to address such matters is through the proper channels and via a private dialogue, not public conflict.”
He goes on to describe himself and his siblings as “understandably and unapologetically over-protective” when it comes to their mother, Katherine, noting, “No-one on the outside has a clue about the stresses and pressures she has been under long before recent events and I, like everyone in the family, adore the ground she walks on.” He notes that “rest is the sole reason” that Katherine went to Arizona, and claims, “[Michael’s son] Prince even carried her bags down the stairs and urged her to rest-up, because we all come from the same caring place.”
Jermaine also denies that that there was ever a “malicious attempt to ‘block’ the kids from talking with her,” explaining, “We simply worried that a call home would first entail, or lead to, conversations with individuals we are in dispute with and that would, therefore, increase pressure on Mother — and pressure was what a doctor said she didn’t need.”
That’s why, Jermaine says, he and his siblings last week went to the home in Calabasas, California where Michael’s children Prince, Paris and Blanket live: to “discuss arrangements for them to meet with their grandmother.” It was then, Jermaine said, that “we were denied access by security and it was clear that mutual suspicions had allowed events to spiral out of control.” He adds, “I regret that events were ever allowed to reach such a stage. I regret any distress caused to Prince, Paris and Blanket. That was never, ever the intention of myself, Janet, Rebbie or Randy.”
Summing up, Jermaine says he wants to start a “collective dialogue in private” between family members. “It is time for us all to draw a line in the sand and move towards peace, co-operation, love and healing. I truly hope that we can find it in our hearts to do so. Because above and beyond anything else, what matters…is family.”
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