Janet Jackson is pressing pause on her grueling preparations for her upcoming Unbreakable World Tour in order to travel to Brazil to be with her ailing father, Joe Jackson.
A source speaking with Us Magazine said that Jackson took a private jet to Sao Paulo, Brazil, to be by her father’s hospital bedside after he suffered a stroke in Brazil on July 25.
The insider added that Janet’s brothers are also heading to Brazil to be with their father. And Entertainment Tonight reported that Janet will be halting her tour prep until her father’s condition stabilizes.
Joe took to his website following his stroke to let fans know that he is okay and “should be able to make a quick recovery and travel back home soon.” But a family source speaking to RadarOnline.com has presented a more dire picture of his situation, saying that his family actually thinks he may be “on the verge of death."
“The reports that say he is doing fine and he is getting better are sadly exaggerated,” the source said. Family friend Sham Ibrahim, an artist who has painted numerous images of the family, also told RadarOnline.com that the Jacksons are “rushing to be by his side right now. The entire family is devastated.” However, he didn’t’ confirm or deny the reports that Joe is close to death.
Ibrahim added that all the Jackson children are now on good terms with their father. “The one thing that I know for certain is that all of Joe’s children – Michael Jackson, LaToya Jackson, Janet… all of them – made peace with their dad,” he said. “They realized that their father was just a human being doing the best that they can. All of Joe’s children have nothing but love for their father and I think that is so important if he passes.”
Janet most recently showed her father a little love in the video for her new “No Sleeep.” The clip features a throwback photo of Janet and Joe, and she took to her Twitter on Sunday to let him and her fans know the photo’s special meaning. “The image of us, is my tribute to you. xo. JANET,” the sweet post read. What do you think about Janet postponing her tour prep to visit Joe? Tweet us @OKMagazine or let us know in the comments section below.