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Jermaine Jackson was a member of the Jackson 5 music group and brother to Michael Jackson.
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In 1969, five young brothers from Gary, Indiana stepped out into the spotlight and changed the music world forever. Through Berry Gordy's Motown, The Jackson 5 recorded some of the most recognizable tunes in pop music history.
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Michael Jackson and his brothers lived their childhoods on the road and toured in a volkswagon bus.
From the very beginning, no young star was as talented or passionate as Michael Jackson.
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Their reunion performances grossed $75 million, and set a new record as the largest grossing tour of the time.
Since then, Jermaine has recorded sporadically. He generated controversy in 1991 when his song "Word to the Badd," was released. The song, with lyrics such as "Once you were made/ You changed your ways/ Even told me lies/ Could not trust you/ Still i loved you," read as an open attack on his brother Michael's overwhelming success as a pop star. After the single hit airwaves,
Michael and Jermaine met privately to repair their brotherly rift. Although the song wasn't pulled from the airwaves, Jermaine re-wrote the lyrics and changed the song's meaning.
In 1992, he produced the award-winning The Jacksons: An American Dream, a mini-series about The Jackson 5. His son played him in the early scenes of the film.
In 2005, during his brother Michael's child-abuse trial, Jermaine spoke out in favor of his brother. He publicly defended Michael on news shows such as Larry King Live, and appeared with him in court. On June 25th, 2009, Jermaine was the brother to announce that Michael had died. Speaking later to media outlets, he said he wished his life had been taken instead. He also said he was Michael's "...backbone. Someone to be there for him. I was there and he was sort of like Moses, things he couldn't say I would say them." During Michael's funeral service at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, Jermaine served as a pall bearer along with his brothers. He also performed an emotional rendition of the song "Smile," by Charlie Chaplin—Michael's favorite song—before breaking down in tears.
Jackson divorced Hazel in the late 80s, after an affair with Margaret Maldonado left him with an illegitimate child. He then stayed with Maldonado until 1995, and quickly married Alejandra Genevieve Oaziaza, who is also the mother of two of his brother Randy's children. Jermaine filed for divorce from Alejandra in November 2004. Three years later, Halima Rashid became Jackson's fourth wife. The couple currently lives in Los Angeles. In total, Jermaine has 8 children.
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