Jackson Thanks Fans Online

Michael Jackson thanked his fans for their "love, support and loyalty" in a statement posted yesterday (June 26) on his official Web site.

Michael Jackson thanked his fans for their "love, support and loyalty" in a statement posted yesterday (June 26) on his official Web site MJJSource.com.

"Without God, my children, my family and you, my fans, I could not have made it through," the 46-year-old entertainer wrote in his first public statement since his acquittal on child sex abuse charges in Santa Maria, Calif. "Your love, support and loyalty made it all possible.

"You were there when I really needed you. I will never forget you. Your ever-present love held me, dried my tears, and carried me through. I will treasure your devotion and support forever. You are my inspiration. Love, Michael Jackson."

A week earlier, MJJSource.com posted a lengthy thank you on behalf of Jackson. The same message included thanks from the team that runs the site, who admitted to frustration from abiding by a court gag order that kept them silent during the trial.

Jackson has not been seen in public since he was cleared of all charges two weeks ago. Since that time there has been much speculation as to his next move, including rumors that he may perform at Philadelphia edition of the July 2 Live 8 concerts, although there has been no confirmation of any such arrangement.