Right on cue, a day after she caught a backlash for some extremely gross comments about the Michael Jackson sexual abuse claims, Barbra Streisand has issued an apology, saying that the remarks she made do not reflect her actual feelings.

In a recent interview with the Times, Streisand was asked about the Leaving Neverland documentary, and said: “You can say ‘molested,’ but those children, as you heard them say … they were thrilled to be there. They both married and they both have children, so it didn’t kill them.”

After copping intense criticism for the remarks, the singer issued a statement to the media, saying:

“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. 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.”

Barbra Streisand also issued a statement on her personal Twitter account, saying:

“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 to not reflect my true feelings. I didn’t mean to dismiss the trauma these boys experienced in any way. Like all survivors of sexual assault, they will have to carry this for the rest of their lives. I feel deep reports and I hope that James and Wade know that I truly respect and admire them for speaking their truth.”

Earlier today, legendary singer Diana Ross told Michael Jackson’s critics to “STOP IN THE NAME OF LOVE”, so we’ll see how that goes, I guess.

Source: Variety
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