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Sunday 18 November 2018

Michael was so happy here -- Jacko's brother

AN emotional Jermaine Jackson has spoken about his brother Michael's love for Ireland which he described as his "getaway place".

"Michael loved it here very, very much, he spent a lot of time in Cork. It is so peaceful, it is green, beautiful," his older brother said.

"This was his getaway place to getaway from all the craziness," said Jermaine who was appearing on the Late Late Show last night.

In 2006, Jackson and his three children lived at Black-water Castle in north Cork.

Jermaine said that the amount of speculation relating to the singer's death on June 25 last had meant his family had not yet had a chance to properly mourn.

It also emerged the tribute concert for Jackson, originally planned for September 26 in Vienna, would now be staged in London at Wembley Stadium in June 2010. "This is closure for the fans, the billions of fans around the world," he said.

He revealed that he wanted U2 to play the memorial gig next summer. "It would be great if U2 were to come along to the Michael tribute, everyone wants to get on board.

"We have got some great names on there -- everyone wants to remember Michael."

He said that: "It's been postponed now till next summer but we are going to make it the biggest and best show the world has ever seen."

And, opening up to Ryan Tubridy, Jermaine said that Michael's children were wonderful. He said that they played with his kids, and that they love movies and animation.

He added: "It's very hard. I have lost a part of me. I guess the whole family feels that way."

But "he didn't just belong to us, he belonged to the world".

Michael had attended a big family gathering with his kids not long before his death. He told them all he would see them at the 02 in London.

Jermaine also told how he said goodbye to his brother. "I kissed him on the forehead and I said, Michael I love you and I miss you so much."

Michael was buried earlier this month, 10 weeks to the day after he died.

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