In a recent interview with The Times in London, Streisand, who crossed paths with the late pop star during his heyday, revealed she “absolutely” believes the claims made by Wade Robson and James Safechuck in the HBO 2-part documentaryLeaving Neverland
“That was too painful,” Streisand, 76, said of the documentary, before telling the newspaper that Jackson once asked her to do a duet with him on I Just Can’t Stop Loving You, but she declined.
The Grammy-award winning singer then went on to defend Jackson.
“He was very sweet, very childlike,” Streisand told The Times. “His sexual needs were his sexual needs, coming from whatever childhood he has or whatever DNA he has.”
“You can say ‘molested,’ but those children, as you heard say [the grown-up Robson and Safechuck], they were thrilled to be there.”
Streisand went further to say that Jackson’s alleged abuse didn’t “kill them.”!
“They both married and they both have children, so it didn’t kill them,” Streisand said.
’kill them’ sparked a response from Dan Reed
Leaving Neverland director Dan Reed responded to Streisand’s interview on Twitter writing, “‘It didn’t kill them’ @BarbraStreisand did you really say that?! #LeavingNeverland.”
Streisand’s blames parents who allowed their kids sleep with Michael
Despite Streisand’s defense of Jackson, she admitted she does feel bad for Robson, now 36, and Safechuck, now 41.
“It’s a combination of feelings. I feel bad for the children. I feel bad for him. I blame, 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 shoes and the dancing and the hats?”