Janet Jackson's Rehearsals for World Tour Interrupted After Joe Jackson's Stroke
The patriarch of the Jackson family suffered a stroke while celebrating his 87th birthday in Brazil on Saturday – and PEOPLE can confirm that his daughter was quick to put her rehearsals on hold to be by his side.
Joe was admitted to Albert Einstein Israelite Hospital where he was treated and said to be in high spirits.
On her 49th birthday in May, Janet announced her tour to fans in a video she released through her Twitter. The singer isn’t seen in the video, but her voice is played over the backdrop of a recording studio, telling fans what they can look forward to this year.
“I’ve promised you’d hear it from my lips and now you will,” Janet said in the video. “This year: new music, new world tour, a new movement. I’ve been listening, let’s keep the conversation going.”
Despite her family emergency, Janet’s Unbreakable World Tour is moving forward, and she will return to rehearsals after spending time with her father.
On Monday, Joe released a statement to his fans through his websites, thanking them for their support.
“To my family, friends, acquaintances and fans all over the world. I want to thank you all for your prayers, unwavering support and kind well wishes during these trying times. Through God’s intervention the wonderful Doctors, Nurses and caretakers at the Albert Einstein Sao Paulo hospital have taken great care of me,” he wrote. “God willing, I should be able to make a quick recovery and travel back home soon. Thank you all once again for your prayers and support.”