Michael Jackson's Secret Sister Shunned by Jackson Clan
Michael Jackson's half-sister has spoken of her heartbreak after she met her famous brother for the first time - and he showed no interest in her.
JohVonnie Jackson, 35, whose mother Cheryle Terrell had a 25-year affair with papa Joe, finally came face-to-face with Michael at a family get-together at his Neverland Ranch in 2003 after years of admiring him from afar.
But she was devastated when Michael snubbed her and instead approached her then eight-year-old daughter Yasmine to get to know her better.
"It was a big moment for me. But Michael was looking at me and seemed cold. He just said, 'Hi' and then he saw my daughter Yasmine and was fascinated with her," JohVonnie tells the British Mirror.
"He never acknowledged that I was his sister, there was no hug or kiss, not even a handshake. No physical contact at all. I wanted to embrace him. I thought he would want to go some place quiet and sit and talk with me and ask me about my life and get to know me a little better. It was very hurtful. He was not interested at all.
"With my daughter he was totally different. She got hugs and kisses, everything I didn't get. I was a little jealous. But there was a bunch of people there and I never did get a chance to speak to Michael properly. Again, there was this theme that I felt shut out."
JohVonnie is close with Jermaine and Rebbie, but admits she was also shunned by famous half-sister Janet when they met.
"I met Janet when I was 15. I saw her that one time and it was clear she never wanted to have a relationship with me. I couldn't really understand why. She was staring at me and checking me out and as soon as she heard me call Joseph 'Daddy', she switched off, turned her back and never spoke to me again," she says.
Katherine knew of the affair but because of her strong faith (she's a devote Jehovah's Witness) she forgave Joe and accepted JohVonnie.
JohVonnie says as a child was difficult.
“I got beat up every single day because I was JohVonnie Jackson. I had the hardest childhood. It was just as blue as Michael’s and just as blue as my other brothers and sisters. But then I grow up and found they don’t want to have anything to do with me. I got so irritated with my parents because I didn’t ask to be here.”
Although it's been painful, she hopes someday she can be accepted into the fold.
"It is what it is. I love my brothers and sisters no matter what they do, what is said about them, how they act, it’s unconditional for me. The door is always open and my phone is always there. They can always call me if they need me for something. But I don’t feel that that is extended for me. I feel rejected by some of the family. It’s upsetting and hurtful.”