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Tuesday 21 October 2014

Jermaine Jackson’s Romeo past revealed

Mandatory Credit: Photo by DELALANDE RAYMOND/SIPA / Rex Features (1969445a) Jermaine Jackson Jermaine Jackson presents 'You Are Not Alone' musical, Paris, France - 12 Nov 2012 Jermaine Jackson presents to journalists at Fouquet's restaurant, the musical show 'You Are Not Alone' that will play next January at Theatre des Varietes in Paris. Directed and produced by David Ferero

Jermaine Jackson used to bring female fans home and tell his brothers to “hide under the bed”.

The singer made up The Jackson 5 with the late Michael Jackson and their brothers Tito, Jackie and Marlon.

During their most successful time, the band were mobbed by fans wherever they went.

Security would sweep the boys’ hotel rooms for eager fans, but sometimes Jermaine would manage to sneak a girl in.

"Jermaine made Michael and I hide under the bed," Marlon recalled to British newspaper The Guardian.

"We were little so we did as we were told... People [were] sleeping in the hallway… They'd crawl in between the floors through ventilation shafts to try to get to our rooms."

With all five boys in the same room, it wasn’t always the most romantic atmosphere.

Laughing, the remaining four members recalled a time they scared one female fan.

"And I'm on top of her, trying to get a little kiss,” Jermaine explained.

"And she's like, 'I feel something. Somebody's touching my leg,’” Marlon added. "She felt three hands!"

The brothers were left devastated when Michael passed away in 2009.

The controversy surrounding the singer was difficult for the rest of the band, who feel he was unfairly treated.

"We are p**sed off," Jermaine explained.

"And I'm going to tell you why. They accused my brother of those false allegations of child molestation. To hear them in court saying all those horrible things… They knew he didn't do them, but they wanted to tear down his name and this family's name."

Michael passed away in 2009 of acute Propofol intoxication. The drug is usually used to put surgery patients to sleep and Michael’s personal physician Conrad Murray was found guilty of his involuntary manslaughter.

Despite the troubled later years of his life, Jermaine is certain his brother left his mark.

"I'll just say this," he said. "God blessed him because he knew what Michael was going to do with his talent. He was a voice for children who were starving, and he brought the world songs like We Are the World, Heal the World and Man in the Mirror. Everything he did was for the betterment of mankind.”

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