Following the death of her superstar brother, Janet Jackson, who is set to star in “Tyler Perry’s Why Did I Get Married Too?” (currently shooting here in Atlanta), the actress-singer’s manager Kenneth Crear has issued the following statement to the media:
“Janet Jackson is grief-stricken and devastated at the sudden loss of her brother. She is in pre-production of a film and is flying immediately to California to be with her family.”
Possible translation: The part-time Atlantan and steady of Atlanta music producer Jermaine Dupri was perhaps here when the world learned of Michael Jackson’s death Thursday night and flew back to the west coast to be with her family.
On Saturday, the cast members from “Married” are among the celebrities scheduled to walk the red carpet as the Atlanta Urban League honors Tyler Perry as a part of its Community Empowerment Day celebration here.
It’s not immediately known how unexpected Jackson’s death will affect the Atlanta shoot of the film, a sequel to Perry’s popular 2007 ensemble drama. Perry has told us that Jackson’s Patricia therapist character figures prominently in the sequel’s plot.
Perry’s Los Angeles-based spokeswoman Keleigh Thomas has not returned an email and a phone call seeking a statement from Perry’s camp.
Meanwhile, Jackson’s long-time boyfriend, music mogul Dupri’s Twitter page remained oddly silent Friday. His last entry was from 16 hours prior, well before Michael Jackson’s death was announced.