Almost a year after Michael Jackson‘s tragic death, his three children stepped out on Wednesday night to attend Diana Ross‘ concert in Los Angeles during which the singer paid tribute to Jackson, RadarOnline.com has learned.
“I’m dedicating my tour this year to my dear friend Michael Jackson,” Diana said at the end of her concert at the Nokia Theater in Los Angeles. “His children are in the audience,” Ross said and the crowd thundered with applause for the three children. Prince, 13, Paris, 12 and Blanket, 8, were seated “secretly somewhere in the crowd,” she said. Barry Gordy, the legendary founder of Motown records, was there too. Against a backdrop of a huge black and white picture of the King of Pop, the diva sang two songs dedicated to Michael. Missing You, brought many in the 7,000 seat theater to tears.
She ended the concert with You Are Not Alone — and the oversized screen on stage switched to a picture of a very young Michael and Diana locked in an embrace.
Paris’ heartbreaking speech at the memorial service for her father in 2009 was the first time the children ever addressed the public. Since the singer’s death they have been living with Michael’s mother Katherine Jackson, who was appointed their guardian in his will. Diana Ross is the second guardian named after Michael’s mother.
Along with Jermaine Jackson‘s children there are 14 people living in the house where Michael’s children live and they have been under intense scrutiny for the lack of adult supervision after several incidents have caused the authorities, including child services, to be called to the home. A stun-gun was ordered in the house and Blanket was allegedly threatened by Jermaine’s oldest son. The authorities have investigated the incident but the children remain under the care of Katherine Jackson in the home.