has declined an invite to speak at pal Michael Jackson
's memorial on Tuesday because she doesn't want to be a part of the hoopla surrounding the event.
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.com, the actress writes, "I've been asked to speak at the Staples Center. I cannot be part of the public whoopla (sic
). 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."
, Jennifer Hudson
, Lionel Richie
and Jackson's former 'girlfriend' Brooke Shields
have been confirmed as participants in Tuesday's memorial.
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
Earlier today rumors broke that Taylor was on 'suicide watch', but she denied
the rumors via her Twitter page.
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