After appearing with their family at the Michael Jackson memorial at the Staples Center in Los Angeles on Tuesday, the singer’s sisters — Janet, La Toya and Rebbie — also addressed the fans at the Nokia Theatre nearby, where several thousand fans who did not receive tickets to the Staples Center watched the tribute to the late King of Pop.
The oldest Jackson child, Rebbie, thanked the crowd for all the support they’ve showed the Jackson family since Michael’s unexpected death nearly two weeks ago. “We are extremely grateful for all the support. We love you all,” she said in a video posted on TMZ
Wednesday (July 8), adding, “One more thing, I want to thank the city [of Los Angeles] and all the support we’ve received from everyone.”
La Toya also addressed the crowd in the longest of the three statements, saying that Michael always appreciated his fans and also thanked them for showing everyone they still care about the late pop icon. “I just wanted to let you all know that you have been very, very supportive, and as you well know Michael loved his fans more than anybody in the whole world.”
She added that her brother “has always said that his family is first and his fans are second, and I know that he’d be so happy that you’re here supporting him. And he’s watching every last one of you. I just want to thank you all for being there for him. He loves you all very much.”
However, the speech that got the biggest response was a short and sweet one from Janet that echoed her tearful comments at the BET Awards last week.
“I just want to say, once again thank you for all your love and all of your support and Michael will live in all of our hearts forever.”
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