We can reveal that the Queen of Pop had a secret dinner with Janet Jackson on Sunday evening.
Over dinner at Butter in New York, the pair were overheard discussing how to honour Michael by 'doing something together'. Earlier Janet, 43, and Madonna, 51, had been hanging out together at the MTV VMAs, where they were seen hugging one another.
And when we caught up with Madonna backstage, just after her tribute to Michael, she told us: 'Now I've finally had a chance to say farewell to my dear friend.'
'I can now say I have paid my respects to Michael. That's why I'm here. To say good-bye.' Then she added: 'And Janet's performance was amazing - just the perfect tribute to her brother.' Both stars then left the glitzy bash early - narrowly avoiding the fallout surrounding Kanye West storming the stage and dissing Taylor Swift.
Over dinner they seemed to be getting on like old friends.