Jermaine Jackson says he wants to extend an 'olive branch,' regrets family feud
Jermaine Jackson is ready to end the family feud.
The 57-year-old singer released a statement on his official Twitter page on August 1 in which he spoke about the family dispute over Michael Jackson's estate and his wish to extend an olive branch in hopes of bringing peace to the family.
"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," he wrote in a statement that appeared on Twitlonger. "Accordingly, I rescind my signature from the letter which was sent to the Estate, and which should never have gone public."
The letter Jermaine Jackson is referring to is one recently released by several Jackson siblings which claims Michael Jackson's 2002 will is fraudulent and questions the actions of those in charge of the King of Pop's estate. The letter was signed by Jermaine and his siblings Rebbie, Tito and Janet.
The letter also states that the Jackson family was too distraught at the time of Michael's death to dispute the will, which left his estate to his mother Katherine and three children - Prince Michael, 15, Paris, 14, and Blanket, 10.
Although he rescinded his signature from the letter, Jermaine said he still has "deep reservations about many issues involving the estate, and I will continue to bring scrutiny and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."
He added that he will seek to address those issues privately from now on.
Jermaine also said in his statement that Michael Jackson's children were never blocked from speaking to their grandmother and co-guardian, Katherine Jackson, during her recent trip to Arizona.
"When she was away, and with the children in the responsible care of Tito's son TJ, there was never a malicious attempt to 'block' the kids from talking with her," the statement said. "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."
TJ Jackson, the 34-year-old son of Jackson's brother Tito, was previously appointed a temporary guardian of the late King of Pop's three children on Wednesday, July 25, after Katherine reportedly left them and didn't inform them of her whereabouts.
Katherine traveled to Arizona for health reasons but her absence spurred her nephew, Trent Jackson, to report her missing to Los Angeles authorities. She was later found to be in Arizona with other relatives and authorities closed the case.
Since the guardianship battle and the letter regarding the will has been released, several members of the Jackson family have been barred from entering Katherine Jackson's Calabasas, Calif. estate, according to Roland Martin Reports.
Jermaine closed his statement admitting that "mistakes have been made and irrational things have been said on both sides" and that he hopes to have a "collective dialogue" with all the family members involved to avoid conflict in the future.
Jermaine's brother, Randy Jackson, continued to attack the validity of the will in Tweets as recently as July 27.
Michael Jackson died at age 50 from an overdose of anesthetic propofol. During his legendary solo career, Jackson won 13 Grammys and 13 of his songs hit No. 1 on the U.S. singles chart.