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Jermaine Jackson: I Wish It Was Me...I Was Michael's Backbone

In an interview broadcast this morning on NBC's 'Today' show, Jermaine Jackson said he wishes he had died instead of his younger brother. He said that Michael was 'a gift from Allah.' He also said he would like to see Neverland Ranch as his brother Michael's final resting place:

No final plans for a funeral have been announced still. Just unconfirmed speculations.
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i've watched this interview

i've watched this interview more than once, and it seems like jermaine is soooooooo PHONY!!! and i know i'm not the only one who questions those fake tears, when he remembers a song that "michael always used to sing"....the jackson's are a strange family indeed.
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Jermaine and Janet and their

Jermaine and Janet and their mother was the closest to him. I can see the pain in his eyes, and probably some regret of not been there for him up to his death, but i understand bcos no one expected it. It just reminds me no one is above death, it can be anybody, anytime, and i wish people will understand life is not guranteed, and live their life to focus on important things. I've never stood up, defended, cried my eyes out, for any celebrity, the way I did for M.J. Regardless of how the world or media try to portray M.J. as Wacko Jacko, I just never bought into it, because what M.J. went through from his childhood to adulthood is not a joke, which explained his isolated, lonely, low self esteem, his childlike behaviors, because he never had a childhood, or some things that seemed strange to people, but it was all for a reason. Ok, M.J. was hooked on drugs, but people make it seem like it was some illegal drugs. I'm even still surprise that they have not found anything yet in his body, because i remember they found up to ten different drugs in Elvis's system. I work in the hospital, and I'm not surprised or shocked that he was addicted to painkillers. M.J. was in physical and emotional pain, the way he used his body, the dance moves, the emotional stress, will require him to take these prescribed drugs, to alleviate pain, that will make him forget about the pain, but it's temporary, so they continue to take these drugs, until they become an addict. In many situations, in the hospital, when patients ask for painkiller drugs, they are very adamant, passionate, in tears, emotional about it, and some even become violent that no matter how much we don't want to give it to them, we end up giving it to them in some circumstances, but of course in small dosages and not srong medications, through our help to make sure they don't misuse or overdose. I still don't know why B.E.T, not that I watch it, but tune in once in a while to see if they have any tribute to M.J. has not showed any documentaries, videos, about M.J. like how CNN, Entertainment channel has done it. It's quite interesting.
Cece's picture

This interview really touched

This interview really touched me and was just very deep and emotional. MJ will be missed and their will be no one to replace him. His legacy shall live on and we will remember him 4ever in our hearts!!
ashley's picture

I will always be sad about

I will always be sad about MJ's passing..So many of his lyrics were there for me through many tough times and many good times..I can't think of any time in my life that Michael's music wasn't there..You know you've made it if people in other countries are singing and dancing to your music..He was the black community's Elvis Presley and his music will live on..Im sad that so many in the black community are praising him now that he's gone..If only it was done when he was alive..What does that teach all of us..That we take people for granted and we need to appreciate them while they are here and remember them when they die and pass them down to the next generation..I can't think of one MJ song that is my favorite.there are so many..but I hope people realize his music wasn't just to make you dance..it was also to change the world..God Bless you Michael..the world didn't know what they had..Im sorry it took this long for you to get the props you deserve..RIP Michael Jackson
Candice's picture

OMG!!! From 3:18 to 4:00

OMG!!! From 3:18 to 4:00 Jermaine was sitting inside my head! The man was a gift, you'd better believe it... We didn't know how to treat him so God took his son back! People were so cruel to Michael but it's alright... And I don't even know what else to say about this interview but that I co-sign 1,000 percent... I love Jermaine for this, I feel the Man's pain, and yes they should just let the Michael be buried at the ranch sheesh... Rest Peacefully Michael! I Love You, you're beautiful spirit will certainly always live in me! Dixon said>> "the blood suckers, money lovers and fame seekers, those are the ones that killed him. R.I.P MJ. PREACH!
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Is just me or can anyone else

Is just me or can anyone else see what seems like an illusion of Michael behind Jermaine at mark 11;53 onwards, this was so sad i cried all the way through R.I.P Michael beautiful interview by Jermaine Allah took him back nuff said. *tears*I wish Michael was still here
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Is just me or can anyone else

Is just me or can anyone else see what seems like an illusion of Michael behind Jermaine at mark 11;53 onwards, this was so sad i cried all the way through R.I.P Michael beautiful interview by Jermaine Allah took him back nuff said. *tears*
Michalea's picture

I Finally have to grow up,

I Finally have to grow up, with MJ's death I felt like I am not a child any more. This man loves all animals and children and that is why I know he was a gift to us. What bother me the most, the people and children that he allowed into his life, the blood suckers, money lovers and fame seekers, those are the ones that killed him. R.I.P MJ. I will always love you.
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OK JERMAINE: JERMAINE IS

OK JERMAINE: JERMAINE IS SUCH AN OPPORTUNIST. HE’S NO DIFFERENT THAN JOE JACKSON. OMG shut up he wasn't pitching anything...for God sakes give the man a break he just lost his brother obviously you don't know what that feels like. Don't be so heartless.
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I am in tears, I guess I

I am in tears, I guess I didn't really appreciate Michael until I heard of his passing. Don't get me wrong, I NEVER thought he molested any children, he just wanted to be a child himself. His music means so much more to me now as I listen to it. Regrettably, I'm just now realizing after watching old footage, video's etc. that he truly was one of the greatest artist to ever live. Just listen to his lyric's, the love, the pain, the desire for a better world: all that in addition to being an awesome performer--He truly was in my new opinion...an Angel, that God called home. God bless you MJ, there will never be another. Peace and unconditional Love are now yours forever in God's heavenly kingdom! Rest in Peace, you deserve it.
Keep'in it Real's picture

so so so sad . Jermaine and

so so so sad . Jermaine and Michael def. had a special brother relationship and i see why Jermaine calls Michael his backbone. In every rumour, allegation and lie, Jermaine was always there by Michael's side, just like the rest of the Jackson clan and support Michael . This loss is def. tough on the family. <3 Cherish Life To The Fullest Everyone ! <3
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Just when I thought I

Just when I thought I couldn't cry anymore I see this video. Anyone who doesn't believe Jermaine was sincere and speaking from the heart didn't grow up knowing and loving the Jackson's! As many have said, the Jackson's have provided the soundtrack to many of our lives and Michael was just the crown jewel. I cannot imagine him not being around anymore. A beautiful interview that touched my heart!
Sincere's picture

this is so sad, bless i feel

this is so sad, bless i feel like a part of me has died, it hurts so much
mina's picture

My heart goes out to him and

My heart goes out to him and the family. I know it must hurt to loose a brother, especially a younger one. RIP Michael Jackson and many blessing to the Jackson's family. MJ was loved by all people all over the world with different background and religious so I don't see the big deal.
binky's picture

Sara: What is with the

Sara: What is with the painted on hair! LOL!!! You know you wrong:)
Ann's picture

jj: Michael was a gift from

jj: Michael was a gift from God not that false God hes claiming Michael died a christian i wish he stop trying to make it seem like Michael was a Muslim cause he wasn’t This is the problem with people today WHY can't you except the fact that there are many different religions? Okay You're a Christian and that's your business but because Jermaine claims Allah he's a heathen?? why does Allah have to be a false God? You have your thing and they have theirs. Stop judging people.
mzcapricorn's picture

Mike was my man!!! I loved

Mike was my man!!! I loved this guy and I had never met him but that's what his music did. He was that once in a lifetime type artist that just made you feel him. I cried for three days, skipped work the day after I was messed up. I'm not beliving all this hype about them trying to make him seem like he was doing a million and one drugs. If he was we would have seen and heard stories about him in the hospital and ish, I mean look at Emenim. Those drugs will mess your system up and here he is about to go on tour so obvioulsy his health wasn't an issue. Stop lying Bastards!! These fools should have come out with this stuff before he died so don't start talking ish now. Anyway I'm sad and kinda happy because now he can finally get some rest from these haters. Oh and that lying @$$ family both of them should be brought up on charges for making his life horrible. They better stay in hiding.
BadGirl23's picture

What JOE Jackson said the

What JOE Jackson said the other day.. on CNN I guess, was true. He basically said that this tribute should have been done before he passed. He was that much of an icon or whatever. I agree with that scary man.
Liya's picture

:-( Jermaine I feel for you,

:-( Jermaine I feel for you, I feel for the whole family. Michael was a great person, and only people that have sense can see that. He'll always be remembered as such. Love you Mike! Always!
Miss GQ's picture

"What is the Legacy of

"What is the Legacy of Michael Jackson?" Dumb azz question
E$'s picture

This interview brought me to

This interview brought me to tears. You can see and hear the pain in Jermaine's voice when he talks about Michael. No amount of money, wills or success can take the place of your deceased sibling. This family is definitely in my prayers.
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This story is so sad! It's

This story is so sad! It's horrible how a person can be ridiculed so much because he is in the public eye but have the most gentle heart! We do this to each other everyday and it really needs to stop! Michael Jackson was my first concert as well as my dad's so his talents have stretched from generation to generation. I can only hope that he and his family have now found peace! He will never be forgotten! RIP MIKE
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fab5: I really like the way

fab5: I really like the way the black community has rallied around the passing of MJ and embraced him. He was one of ours whether he changed his skin color or not. MJ has always known that, that’s why he taught his children African-American history.Mike, Paris, and Prince will grow up to be very good citizens of the world and they will carry and defend their dad’s legacy.Moonwalk in peace MJ. very well put....he will be missed
Kandi's picture

I will always love and miss

I will always love and miss you Michael. You have left us too soon and our tears will continue to shed for quite some time. I love you and please R.I.P...
Starla's picture

Michael was a gift from God

Michael was a gift from God not that false God hes claiming Michael died a christian i wish he stop trying to make it seem like Michael was a Muslim cause he wasn't
jj's picture

I have reserved my tears this

I have reserved my tears this whole past week but this just brought them out! Jermaine is genuine and loved Michael with everything he had in him, you can feel it when he talks about him. I too feel like I lost a bit of myself and childhood.
Misses &quot;Traces of My Lipstick&quot; Tiny...*sigh*'s picture

man rip mj still can't

man rip mj still can't beleive hes gone but hes in a better place thats all i can say and my prayers is with his family . I can not stop crying it crazy as ever
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Wow. Yea he SHOULD'NT be

Wow. Yea he SHOULD'NT be wishing death upon hiself? but 0mq! How's he get his hair to luk like tht?! It's like he puts gel or jam or SUMTHIN' on it!
Ciani's picture

Words cannot

Words cannot express........ I am in tears right now. This has been sooo hard on me for some reason and I did not know him personally. For God to put such a being on this earth that has touched so many lives is unreal to me. I am sad and deaply sorry for the loss to his family.
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There mother was and I

There mother was and I believe still is a Jehovah's witness. When they got older they explored there own religious beliefs. So none of them are in that religion. hot_mama: allah thats a trip cause i thought they grew up jehovah’s witness. they can be so confusing at times but whatev!R.I.P. Micheal Jackson
Scooby's picture

I'm going to say this. If you

I'm going to say this. If you don't leave your sibling's, that are broke, no money, something is wrong. One of the brother's was bagging grocery's last year. You never see the rest of them (only Janet and Jermaine)supporting MJ during his hard times(court dates). MJ left his talent on the stage where he will be imitated and never duplicated forever. Side eye on the brothers and Latoya. Janet's got her own coins.
wak's picture

Heartbreaking...

Heartbreaking...
The Truth's picture

What the F***: This whole

What the F***: This whole thing is sad. That why we need to tell family,friends or whomever that we love and appreciate them now before its to late. I FEEL YOU FOR REAL. CAUSE THE LORD GONE COME AND TAKE ALL OF US THE HELL OUT SOON IF WE DON'T GET IT TOGETHER THE LORD IS COMING HE'S SHOWING US EVERYDAY HOW WE ARE DESTROYING ONE ANOTHER.
HA HA's picture

Every time you see Joe

Every time you see Joe Jackson interviewed, all you can see in his eyes are dollar bills. Nothing new there then.
Tony's picture

WHAT A BEAUTIFUL

WHAT A BEAUTIFUL INTERVIEW. And I'm going to mourn Michael forever, there is no getting over this. Michael was MURDERED by Dr. Murray. Michael was KILLED. I wish that the LA County DA starts prosecuting the criminals who took advantage of Michael's weaknesses and do JAIL TIME.
WomanSoul's picture

OK JERMAINE: JERMAINE IS

OK JERMAINE: JERMAINE IS SUCH AN OPPORTUNIST. HE’S NO DIFFERENT THAN JOE JACKSON. I don't get how he is an opportunist when he and Janet were the closest to Michael.
mzcapricorn's picture

This is my first time posting

This is my first time posting on a blog......Wow that interview had me balling..who cares about Jermaines hair for god's sake he just lost his little brother......it's weird cuz i hate funerals and never really cry when people pass and i don't know them well(even distant family) but i have cried every day since MJ'S passing ......He was my childhood....early 80's my first tape ever was BAD....i had the red jacket....90's me and my family would sit together and watch when Michael premiered a new Video.....Mike made me believe in Majic.....i had plans to see him on his last tour...U.K. on sept 8th for my 30th bday.... i couldn't imagine anything being more dope or memorable.....i am so sad i am lost for words....i never not for one minute ever believed any of the allegations.... I feel blessed that i grew up in the era i did .....anyone who has negative comments to say about someone after they just passed is pretty Sick....let them rest in peace....if u have nothing nice to say dont say anything at all!!!! Man in the Mirror hits home everytime...
Emperess's picture

I have never met Michael

I have never met Michael Jackson and I just feel like he was apart of my family...Michael thanks for caring and thanks for being there for people less fortunate. I hate that you had to go so soon. You will live forever in my heart. RIP MJ
2T's picture

Jermaine upheld Micheal the

Jermaine upheld Micheal the way an older brother should.RIP MICHEAL
2AM's picture

I really like the way the

I really like the way the black community has rallied around the passing of MJ and embraced him. He was one of ours whether he changed his skin color or not. MJ has always known that, that's why he taught his children African-American history. Mike, Paris, and Prince will grow up to be very good citizens of the world and they will carry and defend their dad's legacy. Moonwalk in peace MJ.
fab5's picture

:( I love all the Jacksons.

:( I love all the Jacksons. Aww I know how he feels when my little brother was diagnosed with his illness i wished it was me. You can tell how much he loves/d his brother! *HUGS*
T.M's picture

I still cant believe the King

I still cant believe the King of Pop is gone! He had so much life left in him, 50yrs was still so young. No one will ever take his place NEVER! R.I.P. Michael! WE MISS/LOVE YOU 4EVER!<3
JENN's picture

Michael's was indeed a gift

Michael's was indeed a gift from above. He gave his heart to the world and they always wanted more. It is a shame that Jordan Chandleris not being prosecuted for his lies that destroyed this bright star. We love you Michael you will live forever in our hearts... Xoxo
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FYI, they grew up as

FYI, they grew up as Jehovah's Witnesses. Jermaine is Muslim now and it has been said that Michael became Muslim as well. And if they give him a janaza, then that would confirm it. Their mother and Rebbie are still Jehovah's Witnesses.
Jazyladi's picture

The passing of Michael

The passing of Michael Jackson has seen the end of an era. An amazing artist, a compassionate man a tortured soul. finally may he rest in peace beyond the realms of those who persecuted him. In these twilight hrs may we bask in the radiance of his brilliance. Appreciate the musical gifts he has left us with and share them for generations to come. Michael a true showman right up to the end I fear will be the last of his kind. Perhaps the greatest all round entertainer mankind will ever know. Searching for his childhood all his life we can only hope that he has found it finally on the nether side of the pearly gates. You will be sadly missed by those who grew up to the sound of your soul, gazed in awe at your theatrical vision and shared your compassion in humanitarian aid. You will live on in our hearts as your songs return us to memories of times gone by.....and may we learn from the tragedy that was your life. in loving memory...
echochelle's picture

Either way, I'm sure MJ would

Either way, I'm sure MJ would said the same...no one wants their loved ones to go. I think MJ served his purpose especially in this time where folks don't appreciate someone until they're gone...MJ still sending messages through his death. We all expected this to happen, but not right now. They'll be many more we grew up with passing away. His tour would have reminded us of his legacy as well, but unfortunately this had to have happened
Joja86's picture

RIP Heard Michael Jackson

RIP Heard Michael Jackson Funeral was confirmed for 10am at LA Staples Center, Tuesday July 7th. Ugh, I have work...hope there's a televised procession at least.
Joja86's picture

yes,he waz a phrophet and a

yes,he waz a phrophet and a gift from god.....he waz 2 sweet and pure 4 our world...may god take kare of him now...lovin' u alwayz micheal,god bless.....
keki!....micheal jackson waz livin&#039; art!!!!!!'s picture

MsBoss: Really? I actually

MsBoss: Really? I actually watched Big Brother …what was the racists stuff going on that he had to check them on?!?!?! oops *never* watched
MsBoss's picture

his father, society, and the

his father, society, and the media treated him so poorly. i truly hurt for the pain the michael felt throughout his life, especially being as empathetic as he was. i am still really saddened by his passing, but i hope his soul is at peace
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