Jermaine Jackson Extends 'Olive Branch' To Rest Of Family: [ send to a friend ]
Jermaine Jackson says he has had enough of the bickering and has extended an 'olive branch' to find an end to the public charades, which have seen him squabble with siblings Randy, Rebbie and Janet over the execution of their brother Michael's estate.
This after the siblings went public by insinuating that Katherine Jackson's executors, John McClain and John Branca, were manipulating their mother.
"Your actions are affecting her health, and on top of that, we've just found out she recently had a mini-stroke," they said in a statement. "Please understand, she's not equipped to handle the stress load you are putting on her."
Jermaine now says he wants to find a resolution to the mess: "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 has also apologized for participating in the public statement with his siblings altogether.
"Accordingly, I rescind my signature from the letter which was sent to the estate, and which should never have gone public," he writes.
"The way to address such matters is through the proper channels and via a private dialogue, not public conflict. Whatever the tabloid misrepresentations have led people to believe, my primary concern has only ever been rooted in the welfare of our mother in the environment where she lives. No one outside has a clue about the stresses and pressures she has been under long before recent events and I, like everyone in the family, adore the ground she walks on."
"Mistakes have been made and irrational things have been said on both sides in a highly charged emotional environment. It is time for us all to draw a line in the sand and move towards peace, cooperation, love and healing. I truly hope that we can find it in our hearts to do so. Because above and beyond anything else, what matters... is family."
There has been speculation that the reason for the in-fighting was to invalidate their Michael Jackson's will, which provides an $86,000 a month allowance to the guardian of his children.
It remains to be seen whether Jermaine's attempt to put an end to the public nature of the feud will have any lasting effect.