Remembering Michael: “He definitely wasn’t gay,” says Tito

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As the world honors Michael Jackson on the first anniversary of his death today, his older brother Tito tells In Touch exclusively how his brother’s legacy should live on forever with his fans — and his children. “I want them to remember that their father was a genius!” Tito tells In Touch of Prince, 13, Paris, 12, and Blanket, 8. “My brother was the greatest entertainer who ever lived, in every way. He was electrifying, he did things that we hadn’t seen before, he had ideas no one had thought of before.” Tito says that Michael’s good works far outshadow the rumors that plagued his brother, especially with regard to his sexuality. “As far as I’ve always known, my brother had more sex than I did with women,” says Tito. “He definitely wasn’t gay. He was not a rugged, beer-slinging type of man. Michael wouldn’t beat you up; he would beat you with his brain.” As far as Tito is concerned, Michael should be remembered for his generosity of spirit. “My brother was a gift to us from God,” says Tito. “He gave us great music, he left a lot of great gifts and videos behind and the donations of his estate — those are beautiful things. That just shows you the heart and the respect he had for the unprivileged, people that weren’t as blessed as he was. Michael hoped for a world free of pain and misery, and I hope it transforms from a dream to a reality for him.”


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