The 77-year-old movie star was rumored to be attending the tribute with Barry Manilow, but she reveals she won’t be going to the Staples Center event in Los Angeles.
In a message to fans via Twitter, the actress writes, “I’ve been asked to speak at the Staples Center. I cannot be part of the public whoopla. And I cannot guarantee that I would be coherent to say a word.
“I just don’t believe that Michael would want me to share my grief with millions of others. How I feel is between us. Not a public event. I said I wouldn’t go to the Staples Center, and I certainly don’t want to become a part of it. I love him too much.”
The Staples Center tribute will also feature performances and speeches from basketball stars Kobe Bryant and Magic Johnson, Motown founder Berry Gordy, Martin Luther King III, John Mayer, Stevie Wonder and Smokey Robinson.
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