This weekend marked the 6th annual Michael Jackson charity event, held in Gary, Indiana, home of the King of Pop. Fifth Harmony was one of the many talented acts that performed at the charity, and one of the group’s members, Camilla Cabello, took the time to visit Jackson’s childhood home.
Billboard reports that Fifth Harmony’s Cabello took a day off in between performing at the Jackson charity event and touring to visit the city of Gary, where Jackson and his siblings grew up in a small, two-bedroom home. Visiting her idol’s childhood home deeply moved the girl band singer, who tweeted to her fans that seeing Jackson’s modest beginnings is a reminder that people can be who they want to be with hard work.
“Yesterday in Indiana we got to walk inside the same house Michael Jackson grew up in. Needless to say I burst into tears.”
Cabello, 18, was born in Cuba, but after her family moved to the U.S., she took a chance at her dream of becoming a singer and auditioned for The X Factor. Although she didn’t make it through as a solo artist, the young singer was placed into a group with four other hopeful contestants, and the girls became Fifth Harmony shortly after.
Prior to Fifth Harmony, however, Cabello grew in up in a modest household without the means or connections to make it in the music business, or so she thought. In turn, Jackson’s humble beginnings reminded her of her own start and how even without money and connections, dreams can still come true
“I thought I didn’t have a shot — no money, no connections, no hope, nothing.”
Fifth Harmony took the stage this weekend to honor Jackson at the 6th annual “I Just Can’t Stop Loving You” Charity Event, hosted by Jackson’s mother, Katherine, who held the event a week earlier than usual this year.
The charity event was created shortly after Jackson’s death in 2009 as a way to give back to the community that the “Billie Jean” singer grew up in. Although it’s usually held the weekend of Jackson’s August 29 birthday each year, Katherine wanted to ensure that the city’s needy children had all of the necessary school supplies before returning to class. Since school starts back on August 23 in Gary, Indiana, the charity was moved up one week.
If you’d like to see the childhood home of Michael Jackson yourself, it’s not hard to miss. The singer’s former Gary, Indiana, home is surrounded by a metal gate, and a large granite memorial of the King of Pop stands prominently in the front yard.
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