In an interview with US Magazine.com, Tito Jackson has spoken of his feelings after Michael’s death, saying; “After my brother passed away, it was very difficult to get back into a musical groove. I had to take time to just mourn for a moment. I felt Michael wanted me to continue my music. He had heard the title track, and he liked it and praised it very much. I started back on it about four months ago, and now I’m going to complete it and get it out.”
Us: Incredible. Are there any tributes to Michael on the album?
TJ: No, but I’m working on something. It’s actually still very hard for me to listen to his music. Although, I hear it all the time, to actually listen to some of his later music when he wasn’t a Jackson Five is difficult. I don’t instantly think about Michael Jackson the superstar, I think that my brother is not here.
Us: How is the whole family coping? Has it brought the family closer?
TJ: It brought us closer as a family, and we are there for one another. I truly understand the meaning when they say, ‘You never get over it.’ You don’t.
Us: Do your children or grandchildren hang out with Michael’s children at all?
TJ: Absolutely. As a matter of fact, Blanket and my grandson are best friends. They’re close in age, so they play together. Prince is having fun and enjoying school and that whole thing. So is Paris.
Us: And what about Mike’s kids? Will you be taking them on tour at all?
TJ: If they want to come out and hang out with Uncle Tito, that’s always welcome. I’m going to be taking them fishing this summer. I’m going to hang out with them a little bit when I get a chance.
Us: That’s great. And how are they? This must be so hard for them. How are they coping?
TJ: Well, they’re children and they have a way of not being okay, but being okay. They miss their pops dearly, but they are continuing to be children and do all the things that children do. They go to Disneyland and go to the movies and the park, things children do.
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