Even after seven months of MJ"s tragic death, Jackie, Tito, Jermaine and Marlon Jackson struggle to comprehend that their brother is no more. “I still wake up every day and can"t believe my brother isn"t with us," the Mirror quoted Jermaine, 55 as saying.
Tito adds: “No matter what we"re doing – working in the studio or rehearsing dance steps – there"s an emptiness there. You feel it constantly. It"s bearing down on you. Emotionally it"s very difficult to sing these songs without Michael. Just to hear him on the radio today is very emotional."
Marlon said the world might have lost its King of Pop but the Jacksons have lost their baby brother. The 52-year-old said, “Michael was a major part of the Jackson Five and of course he was our brother long before we became famous. I don"t think people will ever understand the loss of Michael as a brother versus as a pop star. Losing a sibling is devastating."
However, all of them feel Michael around them all the time. Tito, 56, says: “Michael was a bright, shining light that"s been shining our whole lives. But we don"t feel the light is turned off. We just feel the light is brighter really because the legacy lives on and his spirit is very much alive. We feel him all the time and when we do our performances we"re going to have him right up there with us always."
Jackie adds adamantly: “Michael is with us 24/7. Every time you turn around, there he is on the TV. He"s always with us."