Barbra Streisand who recently commented on the Leaving Neverland documentary stating that the alleged molestation and abuse by Michael Jackon didn’t kill the victims, has now come under the line of fire. There has been a torrent of backlash on social media which eventually drove the iconic singer to publish a public apology and also clarify her statements.
“I am profoundly sorry for any pain or misunderstanding I caused by not choosing my words more carefully about Michael Jackson and his victims, because the words as printed do not reflect my true feelings,” the post read. “I didn’t mean to dismiss the trauma these boys experienced in any way. I feel deep remorse and hope James and Wade know that I truly respect and admire them for speaking their truth,” reads Streisand’s apology on Instagram.
Along with the public apology, Barbra Streisand also issued a statement which reads, “To be crystal clear, there is no situation or circumstance where it is OK for the innocence of children to be taken advantage of by anyone.”
She further adds, “The stories these two young men shared were painful to hear, and I feel nothing but sympathy for them. The single most important role of being a parent is to protect their children. It’s clear that the parents of the two young men were also victimized and seduced by fame and fantasy.”
Earlier in an interview with Times magazine Barbra had stated, ““You can say ‘molested,’ but those children, as you heard them say [the grown-up Robson and Safechuk], they were thrilled to be there. They both married and they both have children, so it didn’t kill them.”
Barbra had also stated that she blamed the parents for what had happened with the children. “I guess, the parents, who would allow their children to sleep with him. Why would Michael need these little children dressed like him and in the shows and the dancing and the hats?”