Diana Ross said in a statement read at Michael Jackson's memorial service on Tuesday that she would be there for his children if they ever needed her.

Ross, who did not make an appearance at Jackson's memorial at the Staples center in Los Angeles, issued a statement through R&B singer Smokey Robinson, who read it at the start of the ceremony, according to Contact Music. It was revealed in Jackson's will that if his mother, Katherine, could not take care of the children, Ross should do so.

Diana Ross' Statement on Michael Jackson, according to TMZ.

I am trying to find closure, I want you to know that even though I am not there at the Staples Center. I am there in my heart. I have decided to pause and be silent. This feels right for me. Michael was a personal love of mine, a treasured part of my world, part of the fabric of my life in a way that I can't seem to find words to express. Michael wanted me to be there for his children, and I will be there if they ever they need me. I hope, today brings closure for all those who loved him. Thank you Katherine and Joe for sharing your son with the world and with me. I send my love and condolences to the Jackson family.