Washington (ANI): Legendary Hollywood actress Dame Elizabeth Taylor has confirmed that she will not attend her longtime friend and icon Michael Jackson"s funeral at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. She stated on social network site Twitter that she wants to keep her grief private, Fox News reports.
She wrote: "My love goes out to Katherine and Michael's beloved children... I said I wouldn't go to the Staples Center and I certainly don't want to become a part of it. I love him too much... I just don't believe that Michael would want me to share my grief with millions of others. How I feel is between us. Not a public event. And I cannot guarantee that I would be coherent to say a word. I've been asked to speak at the Staples Center. I cannot be part of the public whoopla."
The 77-year-old who first called Michael Jackson the King of Pop has been in poor health of late and the recent death of Jackson has led to speculations that it is only deteriorating. Moreover, rumours are abuzz that Taylor is on suicide watch. The silver screen icon had also expressed her grief on the site immediately after Jackson died on 25th June due to cardiac arrest.
She wrote then: "My heart…my mind…are broken. I loved Michael with all my soul and I can"t imagine life without him. It can"t be so. He will live in my heart forever but it"s not enough. My life feels so empty. I don"t think anyone knew how much we loved each other. The purest most giving love I"ve ever known. Oh god! I"m going to miss him."
Jackson"s former wife Debbie Rowe has also announced that she will not attend the funeral ceremony.