Diana Ross defends ‘magnificent’ Michael Jackson amid ‘Leaving Neverland’ fallout

 pagesix.com  03/25/2019 13:04:06   Francesca Bacardi

Diana Ross has come forward to defend late longtime friend Michael Jackson amid the fallout from “Leaving Neverland.”

“This is what’s on my heart this morning,” Ross tweeted over the weekend. “I believe and trust that Michael Jackson was and is A magnificent incredible force to me and to many others.”

Ross, 74, also appeared to chastise Jackson’s critics by referencing her hit song with The Supremes, adding, “STOP IN THE NAME OF LOVE.”

The late King of Pop and Ross had an incredibly close relationship, not only working together but also becoming family; Jackson named Ross the secondary caregiver to his three children — Prince Michael, 22, Paris, 20, and 17-year-old “Blanket” — in his will.

Ross’ defense of the “Thriller” crooner against claims he sexually abused two boys, James Safechuck and Wade Robson, when they were children comes after Barbra Streisand said she believed Robson’s and Safechuck’s claims and blamed their parents.

“I blame, I guess, the parents, who would allow their children to sleep with him,” she told the Times of London.

“His sexual needs were his sexual needs, coming from whatever childhood he has or whatever DNA he has,” Streisand said. “You can say ‘molested,’ but those children, as you heard say, they were thrilled to be there.”

She later clarified her comments after facing severe backlash, saying she feels “nothing but sympathy for them.”

“To be crystal clear, there is no situation or circumstance where it is OK for the innocence of children to be taken advantage of by anyone,” her statement read. “The stories these two young men shared were painful to hear, and I feel nothing but sympathy for them. The single most important role of being a parent is to protect their children. It’s clear that the parents of the two young men were also victimized and seduced by fame and fantasy.”

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