Janet Jackson won't perform at tribute shows
By Courtney Hazlett
updated 3:26 p.m. ET, Tues., July 21, 2009
Janet Jackson is not planning on performing at the Michael Jackson tribute concerts planned for London's O2 arena Aug. 29 and 30.
A rep for Jackson called any rumors that she'd be there "false." This comes as a surprise to some of those involved in the planning of the tribute. "Over the weekend there was talk of Janet being the surprise opening act," said one person inside the tour.
Not participating in the tribute feels strange at first blush, since plans are in place for Janet's brothers Jackie, Tito, Jermaine and Marlon to participate. A family friend says that her decision is proof that Janet is able to separate her life from her brothers'.
"Janet has plenty going on as it is - she's filming a movie ("Why Did I Get Married Too," in Atlanta) and she's involved in Michael's kids' lives. These concerts are not about her and she respects that," said a family friend. "She's always been independent.