Jermaine Jackson called for peace Wednesday in the Jackson family feud that has torn apart his family over the past few weeks. He stated that matters regarding his mother’s care and late Michael’s estate should be handled privately, adding that he regrets the whole situation.
In a statement provided to the Associated Press, Jermaine talked about Katherine Jackson’s spa-trip, resulting in a “missing persons” report, as well as the ugly confrontation at his mother’s home before she was stripped of guardianship duties over Michael’s children by a judge. “Enough has become enough,” Jermaine wrote.
“Yesterday, I had a phone call with my son Jaafar that broke my heart. He asked, ‘Is it true that we cannot visit grandmother’s house as a family anymore?’” Jermaine said. “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. Accordingly, I rescind my signature from the letter which was sent to the estate, and which should never have gone public.”
Jermaine said that he still has “deep reservations about many issues involved the estate” and “will continue to bring scrutiny and a resolute voice wherever we have cause for concern,” reports E!Online. Additionally, Jermaine highlighted a need to keep the Jackson family drama out of the public eye, and to settle it privately between the individuals concerned.
“Whatever the tabloid and online misrepresentations have led people to believe, my primary concern has only ever been rooted in the welfare of our mother in the environment where she lives,” he says. “No one 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 also stated that the situation regarding Katherine Jackson’s disappearance was blown out of proportion, and that there was never any attempt to prevent Katherine from having a relationship with her grandchildren, reports CNN.
“Mistakes have been made and irrational things have been said on both sides in a highly-charged emotional environment,” he concluded. “It is time for us all to draw a line in the same and move towards peace, cooperation, love and healing. I truly hope that we can find it in our heats to do so. Because above and beyond anything else, what matters…is family.”
Let’s hope that Jermaine and the Jackson family can settle their differences and make those words count!