Michael Jackson has issued a statement saying he will not participate in a Jackson 5 reunion in 2009.
“My brothers and sisters have my full love and support, and we’ve certainly shared many great experiences, but at this time I have no plans to record or tour with them,” Michael Jackson said in a statement. "I am now in the studio developing new and exciting projects that I look forward to sharing with my fans in concert soon.”
The statement comes in response to his brother Jermaine Jackson's recent comments at a TV industry function in Sydney, where the musician said the Jackson 5 has plans to reunite next year.
Jermaine Jackson is in Australia yesterday (Oct. 29) to help launch a new "greatest hits" TV channel for paynet Foxtel and confirmed the rumors at the event.
"This has been a long time coming for the Jackson family to get back together," he told the Australian Associated Press.
"It is just the timing, so what we've been doing is working on the music and all the logistics. It is going to be more like a family affair, Janet's going to open and, of course, the original Jackson 5 ... Michael, Randy and the whole family ... We're in the studio, we're planning on being out there next year."
The Jacksons received a lifetime achievement award from BMI in early September in Los Angeles, but brother Marlon made no secret of his displeasure with Michael's absence at the ceremony.
Asked where Jackson was, he told the Associated Press, "I don't know. I think he's in Egypt riding a camel or something."
The Jacksons rose to fame in the late '60s recording for Motown. Brother Michael had become a solo star by the late '70s, although he remained in the group through the 1984 album "Victory." One last release, 1989's "2300 Jackson Street," featured limited involvement by him and Marlon.