Belfast Telegraph

Monday 1 September 2014

World 'was not ready' for Jackson

Jermaine Jackson unveiled a tribute to brother Michael at Madame Tussauds Hollywood

Michael Jackson's brother Jermaine paid tribute to the star as he unveiled new waxworks in Hollywood.

Jermaine posed with three different figures of the singer, who died two years ago this week, at Madame Tussauds.

He told reporters he was learning to come to terms with his brother's death, saying: "I'm feeling like God brought him here, gave him to us, and God took him back."

The former Jackson 5 singer spoke of Michael's career and charity work, but admitted he felt "this world was not ready for it."

He said: "It's really sad, it saddens me, but at the same time I know that he made his mark and he showed the world how we can be and how we should be and that's what he was all about."

The tourist attraction has chosen to mark the second anniversary of Jackson's death by opening the Michael Jackson Experience.

The exhibition features three waxworks - but Jermaine confessed he thought the most recent figure, from Jackson's Is This It? period, bore more of a resemblance to the singer's youngest son. "The one on the right reminds me of Blanket," he said.

Jermaine also said that the trial of Michael's former doctor Conrad Murray will not "change anything". Murray, who was treating the singer for insomnia, is due to go on trial for involuntary manslaughter in September.

Jermaine said he feared his brother would be painted in an unflattering light during court proceedings. "The trial is one thing, but what is it going to do?" he said. "They're going to try to paint my brother as the most horrible person, and we know that's he's not that."

He continued: "Michael's gone, his spirit will live on forever, but the trial is not going to change anything."

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