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'Stop in the name of love!': Diana Ross ALSO defends Michael Jackson in the wake of Leaving Neverland, saying the friend she knew for almost 40 years was 'a magnificent incredible force to me and many others'

Daily Mail logo Daily Mail 23/03/2019 Matthew Wright For Dailymail.com

Diana Ross took to Twitter to defend her longtime friend Michael Jackson following fierce backlash surrounding the Leaving Neverland documentary, calling him a 'magnificent force'. © getty Diana Ross took to Twitter to defend her longtime friend Michael Jackson following fierce backlash surrounding the Leaving Neverland documentary, calling him a 'magnificent force'. Diana Ross took to Twitter on Saturday to defend her longtime friend Michael Jackson following fierce backlash surrounding the Leaving Neverland documentary, calling him a 'magnificent force'.

The 74-year-old icon referenced her own song 'Stop! In the Name of Love' from her days with Motown's The Supreme to show her support for her late pal. 

Michael Jackson, Diana Ross posing for the camera: Iconic songstress Diana Ross took to her Twitter on Saturday to show support lMichael Jackson following fallout from the Leaving Neverland documentary © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Iconic songstress Diana Ross took to her Twitter on Saturday to show support lMichael Jackson following fallout from the Leaving Neverland documentary 'This is what’s on my heart this morning,' she said in the tweet that has since received more than 8,700 likes and 3,400 retweets. 

'I believe and trust that Michael Jackson was and is A magnificent incredible force to me and to many others. STOP IN THE NAME OF LOVE.' 

Ross said: 'I believe and trust that Michael Jackson was and is A magnificent incredible force to me and to many others. STOP IN THE NAME OF LOVE' © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Ross said: 'I believe and trust that Michael Jackson was and is A magnificent incredible force to me and to many others. STOP IN THE NAME OF LOVE' The musical diva didn't engage with fans in the post, that drew a mixed reaction of both support and condemnation. 

Ross did, however, post Stevie Wonder's 'Love's In Need of Love Today' just a few hours after her initial tweet. 

a group of people posing for the camera: The two would go on and star in the cult classic hit 'The Wiz' in 1978 (Jackson far left and Ross center right) © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited The two would go on and star in the cult classic hit 'The Wiz' in 1978 (Jackson far left and Ross center right) The musical legends have had a long standing relationship, spanning almost four decades when Ross was credited with discovering The Jackson 5 in the 1970s. 

When Jackson went solo in 1971, he did so while on the 'Reach Out and Touch' singer's hit show special 'Diana!'

a person in a costume: When Jackson went solo in 1971, he did so while on the 'Reach Out and Touch' singer's hit show special 'Diana!' © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited When Jackson went solo in 1971, he did so while on the 'Reach Out and Touch' singer's hit show special 'Diana!' The two would go on and star in the cult classic hit 'The Wiz' in 1978 and Ross eventually inducted The Jackson 5 into The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 1997. 

Their longstanding friendship was so important to the King of Pop, that Ross was named as a backup guardian for Jackson's three children in case Katherine Jackson couldn't take care of them.

a man and woman posing for a photo: Streisand and Jackson pictured in 1988 © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Streisand and Jackson pictured in 1988 Ross's staunch defense of Jackson comes after Barbara Streisand sparked an angry backlash Saturday saying Jackson’s 'sexual needs were his sexual needs' in a bizarre interview. 

The singer said she 'feels nothing but sympathy for the men' but still heaped blame on the boys' parents for allowing themselves to be 'seduced by fame and fantasy'.

Diana Ross et al. taking a selfie: Ross and Jackson in the 1980s © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Ross and Jackson in the 1980s In a statement to The Washington Post she said: '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.

a group of people posing for the camera: Streisand said she believed the claims by now-adults Wade Robson and James Safechuck in the documentary 'Leaving Neverland' but that Jackson's 'sexual needs were his sexual needs' In this January 24, file photo, Robson (left), Reed (center) and Safechuck (right) pose during the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah where the documentary was released © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Streisand said she believed the claims by now-adults Wade Robson and James Safechuck in the documentary 'Leaving Neverland' but that Jackson's 'sexual needs were his sexual needs' In this January 24, file photo, Robson (left), Reed (center) and Safechuck (right) pose during the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah where the documentary was released 'The stories these two young men shared were painful to hear, and I feel nothing but sympathy for them.' 

She has since tweeted an apology saying she was 'sorry for any pain or misunderstanding' she may have caused.

a man and a woman: Jackson with Robson © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Jackson with Robson Streisand had told British newspaper The Times of London that the two main subjects of documentary 'Leaving Neverland,' now-adults Wade Robson and James Safechuck, 'were thrilled to be there' as children and whatever happened to them 'didn't kill them'.

a boy posing for a picture: Jackson with Safechuck © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Jackson with Safechuck The recently released 'Leaving Neverland' documentary is about how Robson and Safechuck, now in their 30s, say Jackson, who died at age 50 in 2009, sexually abused them from the ages of seven and 10, respectively.

Related: 50 best Michael Jackson songs of all time [Stacker]


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