London (ANI): Michael Jackson's half-sister has revealed that the pop legend wasn't warm to her when she met him during a family get together. JohVonnie Jackson, whose mum was a lover of MJ's dad Joe, is close to her father. She claims that the Jacksons have shunned her for 35 years but was once invited to the 'Thriller' hitmaker's Neverland ranch in 2003 when the clan got together.
Also, JohVonnie alleges that she wasn't allowed to talk to either the late singer or her half-sister Janet when she attended their concerts. "I feel rejected by some of my family. It's upsetting and hurtful," the Mirror quoted her as saying. Referring to her meeting with the late singer she said: "It was a big moment for me. But Michael was looking at me and seemed cold. He just said, 'Hi' and then he saw my daughter Yasmine and was fascinated with her."
Jackson made a mistake pronouncing her niece's name and called her 'Jasmine', which JohVonnie corrected. She recollected: "He said, 'OK, Yasmine with a Y', and that was it. He never acknowledged that I was his sister, there was no hug or kiss, not even a handshake. No physical contact at all. I wanted to embrace him. I thought he would want to go some place quiet and sit and talk with me and ask me about my life and get to know me a little better.
"It was very hurtful. He was not interested at all. With my daughter he was totally different. She got hugs and kisses, everything I didn't get. I was a little jealous. But there was a bunch of people there and I never did get a chance to speak to Michael properly. Again, there was this theme that I felt shut out."
Apparently, JohVonnie spent that night at a nearby hotel and returned to Neverland the next day but she didn't get to see her iconic half-brother. She said: "Michael was in the main house. Yasmine and Paris were off playing for hours. Paris is such a sweet girl." Though she said she talked to brother Jermaine and sister Rebbie but insists: "None of my other siblings acknowledged me much."