Prince Jackson: “I’m really angry and hurt,” my grandmother “was lied to”


The insane amount of details and breaking news on the Jackson family saga has been calming down now that Katherine Jackson has been returned to her grandchildren. It’s of course still not over. We’ve heard Katherine, 82, say that she wasn’t kidnapped by four of her adult children, and that she went to Arizona on her own accord. While Katherine read this statement to ABC news she was surrounded by four people and the single journalist who was there wasn’t allowed to ask a single question. TMZ described it as a “hostage situation.”

Now we’re hearing from Michael’s oldest child, Prince, 15. Prince backs up his sister Paris’ version of events, and even tweeted a screenshot of a text message conversation with three of his aunts to prove that he and his siblings were blocked from contacting his grandmother. Here’s what he wrote on Twitter, and I was impressed by how well written it was:

I would first like to start off this tweet by thanking the fans that have always stood by me and my family, my dad really appreciated your support and I still treasure it to this day. As I am sure everyone is well aware of the events that have been going on. I have been holding off on backing up my sister and her tweets avidly because I was waiting for the time to reveal my side. As long as I can remember my dad had repeatedly warned me of certain people and their ways. Although I am happy my grandma was returned, after speaking with her I realized how misguided and how badly she was lied to. I’m really angry and hurt. The following image is of a group chat I had started to several family members. This group text message I had started was replied to but they didn’t know that I could see the responses. For this whole time, they denied us contact to our grandmother. “If you continue with your lies I will continue with the truth”

[From Prince Jackson's Twitter]

There was a story that Prince’s Twitter account was “hacked” to post this message, but Paris claimed on Twitter that this tweet from Prince is genuine, and that the message claiming he was hacked was actually someone with unauthorized access trying to discredit him. She wrote:

the thing my brother tweeted last night was the last true thing he tweeted.. he was hacked saying what we tweeted was false..

These poor kids.

There’s of course a lot of other news in this case, and I’ll briefly include it here. A staff member for the Miraval resort where Katherine Jackson was staying last week has issued a statement claiming that she had full access to a working phone at all times. It looked to me like they comped part of her stay in exchange for the free publicity. (Their PR person was with them during Katherine’s statement and Katherine mentioned their name several times.) They probably realized that the circumstances made them look complicit in cutting Katherine off from the outside world.

Katherine is said to have had an “emotional reunion” with the kids with the youngest child, Blanket, 10, “especially traumatized by Katherine leaving because he is extremely close to her and was absolutely lost without her.” She’s since met with her lawyer about working to have her guardianship of the children reinstated after it was temporarily awarded to their cousin, TJ, in her absence. Katherine’s lawyer also denied reports that she suffered a stroke.

So what’s next for this incredibly dysfunctional family? How is Katherine going to serve as an effective guardian for the children when she seems to be so easily controlled by the faction of Jacksons working to take over Michael’s estate? Will safeguards be put in place to ensure that the kids aren’t separated from her again? It sounds like they’re trying to make sure that happens, but this lady is 82. She’s not going to be able to watch those kids forever. Hopefully she’ll be able to care for them until Prince is 18 and can legally stand on his own. We’ve seen that those kids definitely have the wherewithal to stand up to their greedy aunts and uncles.

After I wrote this story, the news broke that La Toya, the one sibling of Michael Jackson’s who had yet to take sides, has told TMZ off the record that she wants her family to work out their issues in private and not through the press. Who would have thought that La Toya would be the sane one?

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  1. Jackie O says:

    at times, la toya seems to be the most honest, straightforward family member. remember when she came out with allegations of child sexual abuse by the father??? i think the rest of the family shut her up quickly after that.

    secrets and lies run this family.

    • gg says:

      I find it very telling that the kids absolutely cannot speak to Katherine. Who on earth thinks this is a good idea?? It’s the entire crux of the problem.

      • gg says:

        after having read this, I see she’s with them now, good.

        And thank you, LaToya, for stating the obvious. This bunch of acting up really does need to be not conducted through the press or twatter.

    • Chris: now with 10% less negativity says:

      Yeah but they’ve made a lot of money and that’s all that counts, right?

  2. Jenn says:

    I do not understand how any uncle/aunt would want to take away money from their niece/nephew. Would they not want the best for the kids? How could the adults be so selfish?

    Does anyone else also find it odd that the cash grab came shortly after it was announced that most of MJ’s debts have been paid off.

  3. Esmom says:

    From the few things I’ve read, I still don’t really know what happened and why. Michael’s sibs are trying to take control of the kids (and MJ’s money) away from his mom?

    • Aiobhan says:

      I am also a little fuzzy on the family’s recent issues but essentially Michael and Janet are the only family members with real money. La Toya may have some as well from one of her relationships but Michael was by far the richest of them all. Everyone else is either unemployed or underemployed. If they get custody of the kids then they think they will have access to their money. Which is never going to happen because the will stipulated that the next person in line to act as guardian is Diana Ross. And then a whole list of other people that does not include any of the people who are trying to get access to his money.

      • Esmom says:

        Thanks. So sad. I’m impressed with how strong and together the two older kids seem.

      • e.non says:

        wow… hadn’t heard about the chain of custody. gotta say, i am surprised that janet has been revealed as such a nasty, greedy person.

        those kids, though, do seem to be quite capable of looking for themselves.

  4. Naye in VA says:

    Im incredibly proud of those kids, and it just speaks to how well Michael cared for them. Its incredibly shameful how this family is treating these poor kids, but apparently they are all intelligent enough to know when someone is trying to get over on them. I agree that Katherine should not have custody if this is the kind of thing that happens. My prayers are with them, God knows they need it.

    • debbi says:

      Michael did an excellent job with those kids, while I am sure he is rolling over in his grave at what his vulgar family is trying to do to them. I bet he is damn proud at how they are handling it and fighting back.

      I think its time to call Diana Ross.

    • backwards says:

      Yep, they seem like great kids. I feel so sorry for them and especially little Blanket.

      • Eleonor says:

        Yes Blanket is the youngest one, while the other two are teenagers, he still is a child, a child who’s lost his father, and who’s scared by a crazy family. Kudos to Paris and Prince for fighting back the crazyness.

    • Irishae says:

      Guess people can’t blame Joe for everything, as much of a monster he was/is. Katherine failed to properly raise and take responsibility for a single one of her NINE children…this woman is dumber than a bag of rocks and has no business acting as a figure of authority over anyone.

    • gg says:

      All they needed to know is that they weren’t allowed to speak to their grandmother. I wouldn’t project a knowledge of family law or the crazy dynamics of this case on them. They are children.

      • olcranky says:

        I’m not so sure Katherine is as innocent as the Paris, Prince and Blanket want to believe she is. I feel bad for those kids. It seems as though, as crazy as their father may have been, their father sure as hell knew not only how to raise, intelligent, articulate children, he knew how to protect them. Pity nobody else in the family really seems willing to let MJ’s kids be kids and grow up with some security and privacy.

  5. beyonce's bump says:

    i do not understand how custodial family rules/laws apply in that jurisdiction but I am not sure how she will be able to have guardianship reinstated when her reason for leaving without telling them was “she needed a break” and could not check in with them for ten days to let them know she was okay. Then there are potential issues about her 80 year old self being mentally capable enough to care for them.

    This whole thing stinks to high heavens.

    • Mira says:

      Very stinky indeed. I’m waiting for Jermagesty to speak about this drama. I’m only taking his words! ;)

      • gg says:

        Yes, why don’t all the kids start tweeting away. Let’s see how interminably screwed up this can get.

        Every time a tweet from one of these people goes out, things get worse between them. They all need to sit down and discuss with somebody mediating.

      • Mira says:

        Naaah! No tweets from Jermagesty. A proper statement or a short interview of what he thinks about this crazy. You took my comment way too seriously, gg :)

    • Katija says:

      When I was fifteen, I was caring for my grandma, 80, part-time, while she was in a nursing home. Cannot IMAGINE it being the other way around.

      I’ve been a lifelong Janet fan. So disappointed in her. I thought she would be above this sort of behavior.

      • Raven says:

        Just because someone is 80 doesn’t mean she’s lost her mind. A close friend’s mother-in-law is 85 and still works full time as a visiting nurse.

        OTOH, Katherine’s excuse was not a good one and little Blanket was traumatized. Even if she is of sound mind, she’s lost her right to the guardianship.

  6. wilkiecollins says:

    What a sad statement of the times that no one is looking out for these kids except maybe one cousin. I have two nieces and a nephew and even with no money (just a regular job) I would take them in. This is just gross a family made up of the greedy, incompetant and insane, yuck

  7. mln76 says:

    It’s so terrible where the hell is CPS? And Social Services?
    Katherine is obviously a victim of Elder Abuse and although I believe she’s a loving grandmother I don’t believe she’s got any ability to stand up to her children.The Jackson siblings are beyond scum.
    Who would have thought that Latoya would be a voice of reason in this situation.

  8. lisa2 says:

    Michael really raised some strong children. I don’t think anyone saw the strength these kids had. Not the MJ siblings for sure.

    I think they outsmarted the Rats. I don’t think any of them saw this coming. Katherine all but abandoned the kids. And despite her being 84 common sense should tell you that parents can’t just leave their kids to go on a vacation and not call them. REALLY if she had been anyone else she would be locked up.

    And that press conference was so sad to me. Especially when she had to read that statement. She is being manipulated and it was clear to anyone with a brain.

    Everyone is watching now. So the Game is UP

    • Liberty says:

      + 1

      Thank goodness he raised some strong, resourceful kids. Paris must have surprised the heck out of these pushy vultures.

      Sidenote: is it me or does Prince Jackson resemble Russell Crowe? Cool.

  9. mayamae says:

    It seems to me that Prince and Paris have a caretaker role towards Katherine – not the opposite. What a burden for them.

    I can’t come up with one innocent reason for Janet to request they not be allowed to speak to their grandmother.

    I know a lot of wealthy children are raised by nannies and security but it creates a power imbalance. At the end of the day the parental role is being filled by your subservient employee. How much of a disciplinarian can they be? If they piss you off you may be fired. It seems so unhealthy to me.

    On an extremely shallow note, is it commonly believed that the three kids have different sperm donors? I know Prince and Paris share a mom but they look nothing like her or each other. Blanket looks like he may be another ethnicity – Hispanic?

    I’m adopted so biology matters little to me other than the fact that such an elaborate lie was created in the first place. Isn’t there an old rumor that a trust security member was a donor? I’m wondering because if any of these biological fathers is a decent and honorable man, they should step forward to parent (keep the kids together). Whoever the man or men are, he’s got to be better than these crazy people. I don’t trust Debbie since she sold her chldren but maybe she has learned from her mistakes? Someone needs to step up for these kids who does not have ulterior motives.

    • carlino altoviti says:

      I Believe Blanket’s mother was a mexican maid. The former MJ bodyguard Matt Fiddes claims he is the father.

    • LAK says:

      A poster commented on an earlier thread that Debbie Rowe has been to visit the kids this week. Since the family shut down her request to reinstate her parental rights after MJ died, perhaps that’s all she can do. May be she needs to re-apply for it. Is that possible? There seems to be a negative situations here that necessitates a non-jackson guardian. Diana Ross doesn’t seem to be stepping up to the plate even though she’s the back up guardian.

      Re: sperm donors: Prince Michael looks just like Mikko Brando (I think that is his name) He is Marlon Brando’s son who was MJ’s bodyguard/friend for many years.

      Will find pictorial link to post later.

      With regards this situation, whatever the truth, the Janet faction should be ruled out completely if only because they ambushed and tailgated the kids. Who in their right minds does that to children. Even if they are pissing you off, that is unforgiveable.

    • TXCinderella says:

      Prince looks exactly like Dr. Arnold Klein, who was Debbie Rowe’s boss. Paris definitely looks like Debbie. Not sure about Blanket. He looks as if his biological parent/parents may have come from India. Michael would be proud. His kids are sweet, smart, and want to protect their grandmother, just as Michael would have.

      • Viv says:

        ITA. Prince looks just like Klein! I thought that if this would have played out a lil longer we might have seen Klein step in and take charge. He did admit to donating sperm then said he has nothing to do with anything but I think he is the biological dad of at least Prince.

      • pwal says:

        I doubt that Klein will take his place in the spotlight, since these kids seem pretty damn confident snatching wigs, whether their elders, family members, etc.

        Seriously, how fcuked up would it look if Klein ‘tries’ to insert himself in this situation and either Prince and Paris spill some home truths about how Klein made their real daddy groggy and slurry?

    • serena says:

      Oh god, let’s hope not.

      There were a lot of men claiming to be their fathers and, guess what? They’re really just after the money.
      Debbie was shut down with an agreement with MJ and then payed off to stay silent and still.

      The worst thing possibile is to put these children in someone-who claims to be their biological father-hands. Because really, now? How can it not be for money purpose? Let’s be honest.

      I totally think they should be given to Diana Ross, like MJ wanted.
      None of the Jackson family should take care of them, if MJ didn’t wanted to there may be a good reason (and we know it).
      Poor Katherine is being heavily brainwashed, I’m sure she is a caring lady but she is too old now to be a ‘parent’.

      Also, do not be misguided by LaToya act. I believe she’s interested too, and like the other brothers is playing the ‘oh-so-good-NOW’ part.

      • Kasey says:

        “The worst thing possibile is to put these children in someone-who claims to be their biological father-hands. Because really, now? How can it not be for money purpose? Let’s be honest.”-ITA. Do y’all not remember ‘Annie’?

        You know what’s funny I just emailed one of these pics to my friend and told her I think Blanket looks like MJ. Does no one else see that? I don’t understand why MJ couldn’t have been the donor? So basically he picked both donors, the female being the surrogate and adopted the child? I could actually see him getting sperm from multiple people and then using his own to throw everyone off (the older 2 don’t look it though, but you never know with genetics). In that case he could have just come out and said he adopted them, no one would pop up later who could claim biological parent. What IS the story? That he biologically produced all 3? I wonder if Paris believes that?

      • LAK says:

        @KAsey – i also think blanket looks like MJ. It’s the eyes. They are errily similar to MJ and KAtherine Jackson.

        There was a time lots of his entourage/former entourage were telling the media that they had donated sperm but were never told if it was used or not. All were basing their bio claims on pictures rather than actual DNA tests. Any of them could be the fathers.

        Only Debbie Rowe is the confirmed bio mother for 2 of them, and as we know, She was happy to sell her eggs/rent her womb.

      • gg says:

        I think so too. Hopefully Michael stopped thinking he had flawed DNA enough to trust nature. I think it would be a huge shame for him to have completely avoided using any part of himself to have children, because let’s just state the obvious – the man was blessed with incredible talent and to share that would be fantastic. The “flawed” part was installed by Joe after he was born. It’s sad he hated himself so much.

      • Mira says:

        @gg – The self-loathing was TRAGIC. Almost unbelievable for a man who saw how successful he was. The money, fame, fans were all real, it wasn’t imagined. Yet he hated himself. No one has had a pop-culture influence around the world like he did. People may not know his albums/songs in particular, but everyone has heard of MJ. My grandmother knew of him and his dance. That’s very telling because she never watched television. Every school in my city had their in-house MJs – guys who could moonwalk. I hate this entire drama because for a man as big as him, he didn’t have a trustful circle to care for his kids. This drama screams how lonely MJ was. And what an irony that he’s even more popular in death than he was when alive.

    • dagsohyoumeandogs says:

      Wherever the genes came from, Paris certainly lucked out because she is one of the most naturally beautiful girls I’ve ever seen.
      Anyway, not sure about the others but Paris looks a lot like her mother used to, same eye color and similar jaw and nose. I don’t see the (teenage/pre-surgery obviously) MJ resemblance.

      Younger Debbie:
      http://dangerouslee.files.wordpress.com/2010/04/debbie-rowe.jpg

      • mayamae says:

        It’s interesting how it looks so ugly on Debbie but so beautiful on Paris.

        I don’t think Michael is Blanket’s biological father because he was so self-loathing. Michael obviously hated the way he looked and why have a child walking around looking like the old version of Michael? Besides the fact that he clearly made sure his children are not black – I don’t get that logic but he must have.

    • Mairead says:

      Blanket also reminds me of Michael too, regardless of whether it’s through nature or nurture.

      I’m not convinced that Prince/ Michael Jr and Paris are of different parentage as they looked very alike when they were younger. But that boy looks nothing like Arnold Klein to me. I can see where some are seeing the Brando around the eyes though.

      And Paris is stunning (her hair is amazing). Poise, intelligence and beauty- does the Empress Z have competition as future ruler of the known universe 8O

  10. M.GAYbender says:

    This is so sad…Why isnt child services involved yet?WHY is no one protecting those kids and their fortune..
    Janet should go work in a stripclub are something (just want to say something really not nice. this is all i can come up with..im in shock).

  11. Eleonor says:

    Michael Jackson had a lot of issues but when he raised this kids he knew what he was doing.
    For all the other members of this messy family..they should be ashamed of themeselves, but I don’t think they are smart enough to know what the word shame means. They manipulated their own mother…no words for this.
    I bet Katherine is a good person, but she is not strong enough to defend this kids, I hope they’ll find a solution.

  12. Azurea says:

    The whole saga is like a modern day, epic Dickensian novel!

    • irishserra says:

      Yes! Very… Mr. Chuzzlewit or Bleak House.

    • sauvage says:

      I also see a little Heathcliff in there. A lot of hate, a complete absence of conscience, a lot of abuse of trust. Even the hostage part is there.

      I’m disgusted.

      But overall, I’d say it’s budget Shakespeare.

  13. paola says:

    I like these kids more and more; Paris has got some balls down there and Prince as well. I believe Michael knew very well he couldn’t trust anybody in his family apart from his own mother..

    • MW says:

      I am seriously on the fence still, about whose side MJ’s Mother is really on (after reading info on all the sites for the past few days). Now, she and her attorney want to “split guardianship” – with cousin TJ doing all the day to day work involving the kids, security, etc., and Katherine controlling the 70K monthly estate allowance!

  14. Holl says:

    I wish they could have a non-jackson legal guardian. Its so sad these kids have to deal with such ugliness so early in life especially with “family” (Janet et al are acting like anything but).

    Katherine is too old and weak/sweet to go against her children. Heck, my grandfather in law is repeatedly asked by others in the family to adjust his will or grant easements onto his land (he included his stepchildren in the will and owns a large chuck of loggable land in the northwest with great fishing/camping spots) The elderly really are at risk for financial manipulation these days.

    • lucy2 says:

      Me too – someone from the court system, or someone with no financial interest in any of this. No one in the family seems capable or honest enough to do the job.

      • Shoes says:

        Even though the kids have a legal guardian in Granny or TJ, thy also have a guardian ad litem appointed by the court, a non-Jackson attorney whose name escapes me, to look after their best interests.

  15. Momoftwo says:

    Paris is absolutely gorgeous!

    Whatever issues michael had, his kids always seemed very sweet and well loved by there dad as “normally” as he could have.

    What a jacked family though….I cannot believe Janet!

    • I'mSupposedToBeWorking says:

      It’s funny – in that second photo, she really looks like her biological mother. Just a strikingly beautiful version of her – not that Debbie Rowe was an ugly toad or anything.

  16. Jayna says:

    Janet has always seemed like the sane one, and she is worth 150 million dollars. Doesn’t need Michael’s money like his deadbeat brothers. I just can’t figure her out in this mess. Latoya stayed out of it completely.

    • Eleonor says:

      I know Janet is supposed to be rich by her own, but this doesn’t mean she is not greedy as just as the other Jackson are.
      I think it’s much easier trying to steal money from your nephews, than working.

    • Shoes says:

      Janet’s boyfriend/fiance is also a billionaire. I don’t know why she’s part of this, or why she’s so PUBLIC about it. You’d think she’d be media-savvy enough to keep a low profile while pulling strings behind the scenes. Not that I want this cash grab to succeed, I’m just marveling at the ineptness of it all.

    • LeeLoo says:

      There have been rumors for awhile that her ex-boyfriend producer Jermaine Dupri wiped out her fortune. If that is true it may explain Janet’s role in this.

  17. MSat says:

    Where is Prince and Paris’ mother??? I know she was basically a carrier vessel that MJ paid off to go away once the kids were born, but Jesus Christ, you’d think some maternal instincts would kick in here. These kids need to get the hell away from the Jackson family. I’m starting to understand why their father kept them out of the public eye most of their lives.

  18. Talie says:

    I’ve been wondering how LaToya could not have been involved in this scheme…and yet Janet is! WTF??

  19. Jill says:

    Still airing the family business in public. That text looks suspect. Why is she listed as Janet Jackson?? Hmmm doesn’t sound right, and where is the rest of the convo. This is so one sided. These kids are out of control. They did not need to air their business in public. They should have contacted the authorities and asked them to check on grandma. Grandma obviously needed a break. A senior citizen managing the care of 3 kids is rough. They just didn’t want to give her a break.

    • harlequin says:

      The kids are out of control?? What about Jermaine and Randy tweeting all sorts of nonsense — not to mention the letter they sent out to the media alleging the Michael’s will was fake because it only included the children and Katherine?? What about the brothers going on tv shows and interviews? What has been clear since Michael was alive was that the Jackson siblings are greedy scums who want to leech off Michael’s money. The children are innocent in all these and if they took to Twitter to stand up for themselves and be heard, good for them!

      And if Grandma needed a break, she SHOULD have let those kids know. If it were any other parent who left 3 MINOR KIDS for 10 days and not communicating with them even when they were practically begging to talk, child services would have swept those kids away. In any case if Grandma wants a break, she should give up her guardianship permamently to TJ or whoever would be best suited to take care of the children. But they wouldn’t want that because that would mean saying goodbye to $80,000+ monthly allowance.

    • Megan says:

      I actually have all four of my siblings and my husband listed with first and last name in my phone… So I don’t find it odd

      • Zvonk says:

        I wouldn’t have batted an eyelid myself if it weren’t for the fact that Rebbie is listed as “Auntie Rebbie”. That would suggest that the kids don’t have much of a relationship with their other aunts and uncles.

    • AmyLynne says:

      I have everyone in my phone with first name, last name. Also, if you import your contacts from an email account, it’ll put it in as first name last name. So that isn’t really suspect at all.

    • Kim says:

      A missing person report was filed the day before Paris started tweeting.So authorities were contacted five days after Katherine left home.Interestingly Janet or her group hasn’t denied anything Paris or Prince have tweeted.Her Jermaine and a Rebbie could have read a statement after Katherine read her statement. Rather than just standing behind her like kidnappers letting their hostage speak to the media.

      • gg says:

        They have made themselves look like controlling, utter idiots. It looked like she was reading the script under duress to me. Lessened by her not wanting to upset anybody. I feel bad for her, she’s clueless and can’t help it.

    • JennJennM says:

      My husband and I are listed by first and last names on our phones as are many of our friends and relatives. It is potentially criminally negligent to leave three minor children at home for more than a week and refuse contact with them. Blaming the worried kids rather than the greedy adults trying to manipulate their mother and intimidate the kids is disgusting. The youngsters managed to outsmart their uncles and aunts and get their grandma back home. Hopefully, TJ will remain legal guardian for awhile until the dust settles.

    • pwal says:

      Err… what?

      Katherine was supposed to go to Albuquerque to see the brothers in concert and follow them via mobile home to their remaining dates… that was what the kids and Calabases family were told when she left. Jermaine diverted her from that plan and she wound up at the spa in Arizona.

      People, like me, assume that the diversion was shady as hell, since instead of doing this on the QT, with the cooperation of some of the siblings, he should’ve gone to the kids and told them that he was going to surprise Katherine with a Tucson spa trip and that he would prefer that they kept it as a surprise and ask them to not call, after they know that she made it to the spa and was situated. THAT would’ve been a sensible tack to take, instead of all of this unnecessary drama and craziness.

    • BeachBlonde says:

      In reply to your issue about the text saying, “Janet Jackson”, I just wanted to point out that those texts are on/from an iPhone or iPad and the “from” name label corresponds to the Apple ID the user has created and is using to send and receive messages. The USER controls the name label on the Apple ID and how it shows up – unlike Android, Gmail, or even an Apple Device Contact List – imported or not. A person can have multiple Apple ID’s – one for personal use, one for business, maybe one for family (hence, “Aunt Rebbie”). The only restriction is that you are limited to ONE Apple ID per device, per 90 days, for iCloud. Therefore, it looks to me like Janet was using say, her iPhone, linked to her “Janet Jackson” Apple ID for all-in-one use. Rebbie Jackson was more likely using iMessage on an iPad, signed in to her “Aunt Rebbie” Apple ID, to directly communicate with the Jackson kids. I am quite familiar with this, as I have both Android (HTC, Samsung – Tablets and; Phones) and; Apple (iPhones & iPads), multiple Apple IDs, and specific ones/devices to iMessage & FaceTime my family — like my niece and; nephew. Although there’s always the possibility of fakery, this alone is perfectly reasonable and not evidence of anything suspicious. Thanks.

    • BeachBlonde says:

      Sorry…this my updated version. It wouldn’t let me edit/delete my 1st one:

      In reply to your issue about the text saying, “Janet Jackson”, I just wanted to point out that those texts are on/from an iPhone or iPad and the “from” name label corresponds to the Apple ID the user has created and is using to send and receive messages. The USER controls the name label on the Apple ID and how it shows up – unlike Android, Gmail, or even an Apple Device Contact List – imported or not. A person can have multiple Apple ID’s – one for personal use, one for business, maybe one for family (hence, “Aunt Rebbie”). The only restriction is that you are limited to ONE Apple ID per device, per 90 days, for iCloud. Therefore, it looks to me like Janet was using say, her iPhone, linked to her “Janet Jackson” Apple ID for all-in-one use. Rebbie Jackson was either using iMessage on an iPad, signed in to her “Aunt Rebbie” Apple ID, to directly communicate with the Jackson kids, or conversely, doesn’t have an Apple ID at all, so her contact name label was entered by Prince as “Aunt Rebbie”, as those types of contacts are the only ones that can be entered/edited by the RECEIVER. I am quite familiar with this, as I have both Android (HTC, Samsung – Tablets and; Phones) and; Apple (iPhones and; iPads), multiple Apple IDs, and specific ones/devices to iMessage and; FaceTime my family — like my niece and nephew. Although there’s always the possibility of fakery, this alone is perfectly reasonable and not evidence of anything suspicious. Thanks.

  20. Paloma says:

    Katherine has been played by Randy and Janet and doesn’t seem to realize this. My maternal instinct is kicking in for these children. I hope someone in this clan can truly look out for their best interests.

  21. Minime says:

    I guess i’m totally out of this subject (I also don’t know how the american law works in this cases), but can anyone explain me where are their mothers??! Because from what I remember at least the first two children do have an acknowledged mother!! Wouldn’t she be called in a situation like this? Shouldn’t she be given full custody of her children? What the hell, does she even care?!! This is so strange!

    • LAK says:

      The mother (s) gave up all parental rights. Essentially they were simply egg/womb donors.Debbie Rowe (Prince & Paris mother) tried to regain her parental rights after MJ died but the family shut her down. The kids’ long standing nanny Grace (who had mothered them from birth) was also turned out by the family.It seems that their is nothing the mother(s) can do in the short term but perhaps they could petition the courts again for the long term.

      The other person named in the will as back up guardian, Diana Ross, hasn’t stepped up or maybe she will eventually.

      Either way, those kids are screwed if they can’t find a guardian who has their interest at heart rather than $$$$ signs.

      • Minime says:

        Thank you LAK for clarifying it for me! The situation really seems too much of a burden for this young children. They seem so alone out there and that they can only hold on to each other. I do hope that someone who is genuinely interested in them steps up.

      • gina says:

        When they reach 16 (depending on the specific state law) the children can file for emancipation and be finished with the Jackson relatives if the children can prove they are mature and capable of being on their own.

        Movie star children do it all the time.

        In this case I would say these oldest children “appear” very mature in light of what all is going on.

  22. TXCinderella says:

    I feel sorry for these poor kids. They’ve lost their father tragically, and now the money grubbing family is trying to undermine their own mother. They all just need to quit sucking off of a dead man and get out and get a damn job. At least these kids are smart and can see through the facade, and they are entitled to the money. I’m very disapointed in Janet though, she should have plenty of her own money if she hasn’t foolishly blown it all.

  23. Kloops says:

    Those kids are kinda awesome. Paris is quite the spitfire.

  24. Beck says:

    If I were these kids, i would not trust Katherine anymore. If she was of sound mind, she should have stayed in contact with her grandchildren. She would have wanted to check in with them but she didn’t. Why kind of a person does that? Hell, when I go out of town and leave my dogs with my brother/sis-in-law, I call to check on them almost daily. Katherine gets paid to care for the kids so that should be enough incentive for her if she doesn’t actually care for them.

    I am happy that MJ’s kids outsmarted everyone involved in this money grabbing scheme. Plus they were outed as greedy pieces of garbage. Janet must be cash poor if she was involved. Janet severely damaged her reputation and public image.

    Katherine was a weak woman (by not protecting her children against Joe) while her own kids were growing up. She is still weak plus she’s old. The Jacksons know she is pliable. Yes, it is elder abuse.

  25. KG says:

    This family is such a mess. I am glad that TJ is their guardian now. It is good Michael warned them about his family and they are able to protect themselves because of it, however those kids are still kind of delusional what with Paris thinking her dad wasn’t a drug addict when everyone and their mother stated otherwise.

  26. RHONYC says:

    they’re just not interesting. period.

    i really don’t care about these kids. not when MJ was alive, & not now.
    i believe i’m not alone. their dad’s star was fading 15 years b4 death, albeit he was a legend.

    i don’t believe that ‘any’ of them have MJ’s dna, so you can forget any exhibits of his natural talent passed on to them.

    if its true the girl wants an acting career or any kind of industry career, i think she’s in for a rude awakening.

    no one cares. :-(

  27. teehee says:

    Well I at least am struck by how strong and close Michael’s children are, on their own and with each other. They truly are siblings. He raised them very well.

  28. Kim says:

    Radar spoke to Katherine ‘s atty she said she didn’t have a stroke. She was up until 4 am talking with the kids learning about all the things that occurred while she was gone.Her nephew Trent the one who filed. MissinG person report and TJ temporary guardian welcomed her attorney into the house.I believe Team Jermaine told her the kids knew where she was and when she would return. JMO

    • Kasey says:

      My thoughts are along these lines. I wonder though that something wasn’t wrong with Grandma that they (at least Janet) didn’t want to stress the kids about) or maybe they don’t want that leaking to the public and Randy didn’t inform them. If she had to be under meds they may have had to wait a while for her to talk tithe kids and when she did she may have still been heavily medicated.

      My other concern is that Tito and company knew and intercepted the information and encouraged Paris/Prince’s leaking to the media in order to separate them from the other side of the family and not have to share in the ‘perks’ of the guardianship. I mean, Michael seemed to warn them about ALL of his family.

      Grandma is old, maybe too old to effectively do this any longer and perhaps LaToya is losing her detectinve skills or maybe just wary of both sides like I am. I hope these kids don’t get played.

  29. Steph says:

    I don’t think Katherine should get custody back. Let’s play devil’s advocate and say she really DID decide to leave and cut off contact for 9 days with her grandkid, all on her own. That’s not the kind of person who should be a guardian of three orphaned kids. If she does realize her kids basically kidnapped her, how can she lie and take the blame instead of pointing out the manipulation that took place. ARG!

    How old does Prince have to be to be emancipated?

  30. serena says:

    Way to go kids!
    MJ kids really seems mature and intelligent. I glad they are, they MUST be so in order to survive in that family.

    Also, I must repeat myself and say that Janet is really a bitch.

    • gg says:

      They have had no choice but to be forced to grow up very fast, due to their father’s habits, and now their crazy relatives.

      I predict they’ll file for emancipation as soon as they possibly can. And I’m very glad they have each other to count on because there is no one else, apparently.

  31. lori says:

    I agree, either way she should no longer be a legal guardian, either she left the kids knowingly or was tricked into leaving. She is not of sound mind or good reasoning to continue on in her role as a guardian. I do think that her kids told her “your doctor said you need rest, we’re taking you on a vacation and we’ll leave the grandkids with the nannies and security and check on them every day. But then, the kids cut the grandkids off from Katherine and started trying to strong arm the grandkids into getting new attorneys and redoing MJ’s will. I think the kids underestimated how much MJ’s kids distrust their aunts and uncles, because MJ warned his children about his family. I think Janet et al, thought they could manipulate MJ’s kids and they failed, miserably, publicly. I also think that MJ’s kids have learned to trust the estate attorneys, who have brought his estate back from a huge bankruptcy to a big financial gold mine, with the licensing of MJ’s legacy (like Elvis.) So these kids are inheritors of a huge money making fortune with only Katherine standing between them and their greedy relatives. This will continue for many years, even after Katherine is no longer there, the family will try to pit the kids against each other in order to break up the estate and get at the money.

  32. PortlandJan says:

    I wonder if Katherine Jackson left willingly, or was shanghaied and kept incommunicado until such time as she gave her kids what they wanted? They could have prevented her fron contacting her grandchildren, only to have Paris upset the applecart by raising the alarm. In any case, Mrs. Jackson, with or without coercion, is way too old to be in charge of these children’s future. They would have been better off if Diana Ross had been their guardian from the very beginning.

  33. gigi says:

    This is so ugly. Janet and the rest of her thirsty siblings should be ashamed. I bet it has something to do with the fact that MJ’s kids are not biologically their kin so they think it’s ok to treat them like the enemy. Gramma Jackson’s gotten too old to handle this crap, obviously. Co-sign on hoping the kids find a way to hold it together until Prince turns 18 or can be legally emancipated.

    • LeeLoo says:

      You really have to wonder if that is partially where their animosity towards the kids comes from. I can seem Jermaine, Randy and Janet being angry that these kids who aren’t even really Michael’s blood get all of his money. But you know what these poor kids didn’t ask for any of this and Michael’s name is on their birth certificate. You really have to wonder if they are trying to hatch a plan to discredit these kids as Michael’s offspring.

      For the record, Prince totally looks like Arnold Klein. But if Arnie signed over his sperm, I don’t see the problem. Michael is the only father they ever knew.

      • Mira says:

        “You really have to wonder if they are trying to hatch a plan to discredit these kids as Michael’s offspring.”

        Can they do that? Biological or not, they are MJ’s kids legally. I don’t think it can be challenged in the court. Can it?

        What is that these fools are aiming for? The money Katherine gets each month for being their guardian and for the kids expenditure? All of it is about 100,000 dollars? Other than swindling that money they will not be able to change/contest MJ’s will. I don’t understand why they are wasting their time or am I missing something here? Can they contest his will?

        As for swindling the monthly allowance allotted to Katherine, they can do that in private with some high school level manipulation. Why transport grandma secretly elsewhere?

    • autumndaze says:

      You know, I don’t believe it has anything to do with whether or not the kids are biologically his. Although in their twisted senses they probably find justification there.
      I think it is only about MONEY; there is a lot of money at stake and they want it.
      When Grandma Katherine passes away, the Jacksons will not have a conduit to receive any of that monthly allowance any more….

  34. jferber says:

    Each and every time Debbie Rowe has entered the picture out of “concern” for the kids, she re-sold them to Michael Jackson. EVERY TIME. Diana Ross is a self-involved psycho diva, so I don’t think she’ll be helpful, either. I have faith that the kids will end up okay, since they seem to be the calm in the storm. Totally unfair to put them through this, though.

  35. Michelle says:

    She said in her statement, “She’s (her assistant) been keeping in contact with my nephew, I mean my grandson, (meaning TJ) and…”

    Sounds to me like the statement was written by her kids – to whom TJ IS a nephew. They wrote it for her but got mixed up and referred to TJ as her “nephew” instead of “grandson” because he’s a nephew to them.

    Hmm…

  36. claire says:

    I’m not a fan of Michael Jackson, and I think the “legend” label is not his due. That’s just my opinion. BUT, I’m shockingly surprised, and pleased, to see how mature his kids seem to be. They’ve held themselves up very strongly during all of this BS and drama. I hope the end result is they end up with a relative or such who takes good care of them and could care less about the money.

    Which, btw…I’m surprised there is any money. The estate was totally bankrupt, but I read the executors turned it around? That’s what makes it so odd that Jermaine or whoever is accusing the executors of being shady. Without their handling of the estate, there’d be no money to fight over.

    • LAK says:

      he is a legend. Just like Elvis.

      I have travelled all over the world my whole life. It is amazing what international musicians have penetrated obscure out of the way remote villages. Micheal’s songs are every where. It’s not just self promotion or hyperbole. or limited to the western world.

      His star may not have been so bright in his last decade, but his music, like Elvis lives on. That is a legend.

    • Mira says:

      He is a legend. Bigger than Elvis, The Beatles and The Rolling Stones combined. I’m not saying this because I’m a MJ fan, but because it’s a fact. Elvis, Beatles and Stones’ music is limited to the western world and/or to rock-and-roll/rock fans. MJ’s music and dance choreography has penetrated across the world – cities, small towns, villages, remote places. It’s not just about his music and dance, people have heard of him or know of him even if they haven’t heard his music or seen his dance. They recognize the name Michael Jackson. He is 20th century’s biggest (in terms of world wide reach) pop culture influence.

  37. LeeLoo says:

    I think at the very least TJ should remain a co-guardian. Katherine can’t go on taking care of these kids forever and having a co-guardian in place will be good in case something happens to her and will prevent more unscrupulous family members from trying to take the kids and/or get their hands on their money. I sincerely believe that TJ has their best interests in mind. After reading about what happened to his mother Dee Dee Martes-Jackson, I think he understands what greed can do to people. Plus, my understanding is that Diana Ross has a poor relationship with her own children, so I am not sure she would be a better choice.

    I hope the estate puts measures in place to prevent Katherine from being taken advantage of by her children. I never thought Janet would do such a thing. I guess the rumors of Jermaine Dupri wiping out her fortune are true. But the fact she stooped to such measures are disgusting. She can kiss her career goodbye. I am really coming to like LaToya. I know she was horribly abused by her ex-husband/manager but I never thought she would be the most sane of the Jackson children.

  38. Anne de Vries says:

    I’m pretty impressed with those kids! And it sounds like it’s time for an independent (court appointed?) guardian. Katherine might be the right person to live with them and care for them as much as she’s able, but clearly not the one who should be making important decisions.

    • LeeLoo says:

      The kids do have a guardian ad litem representing them. She doesn’t make decisions but she represents all 3 kids and their interests.

  39. eric says:

    That Meraval resort do not want to be involved with Kidnapping charges, so they distanced themselves by telling the truth.
    I hope their cousin gets permanent custody because disappearing for 10 days and refusing contact is neglect. Whether Katherine was drugged and kidnapped or part of the plot to kidnap the children by luring them out of California to take over MJ estate, either way looks like something criminal happened, FBI should be investigating.

  40. autumndaze says:

    Celebitchy,

    What is the real story on whether or not Michael’s estate provided money to Jermaine and Randy to pay their child support?
    I have heard both that Katherine petitioned the estate on their behalf and got paid, as well as that they asked and were emphatically denied.

    Can you use your magic and skills to find out the real story?

    • LeeLoo says:

      Jermaine and Randy in no uncertain terms were denied. Katherine tried to intervene and the executors put a stop to that. After that is when Jermaine and Randy started mumbling that the will is a fake.

      • autumndaze says:

        Leeloo,

        “Although Radaronline states that the two were given the boot, a CNN story says that Mama Katherine intervened. When Jermaine got stranded in Burkina Faso, Africa last winter, because the U.S. would not let him back in unless he paid his back child support, she went to the executors and asked for the $91,000 Jermaine owed in child support. The estate only gave her $80,000, which Katherine then handed over to Jermaine. She apparently did the same thing for her son Randy. The brothers clearly feel that this should continue, and want mama to keep paying their child support and other bills.”

        ???????
        Apparently they were initially turned down by the estate but then the above occurred?

        What is the truth?

      • LeeLoo says:

        Interesting…I had never heard anything about Jermaine being barred from the U.S. Now is it possible that Katherine took a loan out or used a portion of her funds (by herself she owns 40% of the estate without the kids involved). That’s the only way I see that happening. But I know neither of them said one word about the will until both were personally denied access. Either way, when Katherine dies they know the gravy train will end because Katherine’s share will go back to the kids (right?). I think what Randy and Co. want is that 40% to go to the family (i.e. themselves) when Katherine dies. MJ wanted to make sure that his mother was cared for in her final years. That is exactly what should happen. If what you said is true then I hope restrictions are placed so that money goes to Katherine, her expenses and needs only.

      • Mairead says:

        I reckon you’re onto something there, they’re not interested in getting the kids’ 40% but rather ensuring Katherine’s share is hers in perpetuity, and won’t revert to the kids on her death (if that’s what’s stipulated). Even this crew of knuckleheads wouldn’t try to completely disinherit the kids, surely?

      • Mira says:

        @LeeLoo – 40 percent of MJ’s estate is owned or belongs to Katherine independent of the kids? You mean the estate is divided – 60/40 for the kids and Katherine? Crap, I didn’t know this. 40 percent is a LOT. Why would MJ write off 40 percent of his estate to his aging mom? The monthly allowance she gets is in itself high for her non-working ass. 40 percent is ridiculous. I thought every cent of MJ’s earnings and his estate belonged to the kids.

      • Mairead says:

        I read in some article that there is also a 20% cut that goes to charity. I could very well be wrong on those amounts, so I’m hoping someone else can confirm.

  41. gg says:

    Off-topic rant:

    I’m real tired of this artificial “royalty” crap they keep foisting on the public. They are not royalty – they are a scrapping, greedy, disjointed family with serious issues. The brothers and sisters are not entitled to riches they have not earned. And naming your kids “Prince” and “Jermagesty” … I’ll just let that speak for itself.

    Michael named himself king of pop. Nobody had to buy into it, but they have. Monikers like that are bestowed by SOMEBODY ELSE because of your talent; i.e., Aretha Franklin, the Queen of Soul. If you do it yourself, it’s nothing but BS marketing, and I’m grossed out that the public bought it. The family has used this to style themselves as a “royal” family and think they can just do anything they want. Their reality is certainly not mine. This is America, not Bahrain.

    If Aretha called him King of Pop, I’d buy it. He was ridiculously talented and nobody can touch him as far as songwriting talent and singing and dancing. But I got tired of his self-marketing angles long ago – which wouldn’t have been needed if he hadn’t been an island of weirdness unto himself. His music and talent stand by themselves without the BS.

    • jwoolman says:

      Prince is an old family name on Michael’s mother’s side. Quite popular for boys around the turn of the century. No worse than Rex and Regina (King and Queen, respectively), which also had their turn as popular names for kids. The double meaning was amusing for Michael’s kids, but it didn’t come out of nowhere.

    • EscapedConvent says:

      Agree. Glad to see someone else say it. I always thought naming children Prince Michael & Jermajesty was a great big eye-roll.

    • jane16 says:

      Well said.

  42. Katija says:

    I’ve said it already… but I am so shocked at Janet.

    She has had an AMAZING career. SURELY she has money, right?

    I would have expected her to stand up and defend the kids against the leeches… not BE one of the leeches.

    I’m just… shocked. Wasn’t she always the sweet, sane Jackson?

    • LeeLoo says:

      Apparently that title now belongs to…LaToya?

      I really think the rumors are true that Janet’s ex-boyfriend Jermaine Dupri wiped out her fortune.

      • Katija says:

        You know, it is possible that LaToya does all these weird, bizarre gigs for the sole purpose of maintaining her own independent income. If so… good for her, I guess.

        (Also, I hate to comment on another story or ask for coverage… but why no post on the bizarre Scott Disick semi-rape/robbery-string allegations? I was ready to Kar-BASH-ian today.)

      • LeeLoo says:

        LaToya was married to a very abusive man who was also her manager. She says he forced her to pose nude, strip, and all those bizarre gigs. She is actually a pretty popular dance singer, she goes under the name Toy. She’s also released a book about the years of abuse she suffered. She does have money in her own right and seems to live within her means. She isn’t trying to take advantage of anyone and is willing to earn her keep.

        God, I should be a Jackson biographer. I know too much about this family.

  43. k says:

    I’m glad that these kids have each other, and although I hate twitter, I am happy to see it being used as a self-advocacy medium.

  44. Nemesis says:

    Does anybody else find it strange that Katherine was up at all hours of the night talking to her underage grandkids?

    • Kim says:

      Not really its summer. It was probably just Paris and Prince and it wasn’t a typical day.Her atty mentioned she didn’t get up until 1pm which is out of the norm.Also. most teens I know stay up past midnight on daily basis

      • gg says:

        But they go to summer school.

      • Kim says:

        @Gg It wasn’t a typical day their grandmother was gone for ten days. They started catching up and next thing you know its real late.I didn’t know they were in summer school.Well, I’m glad they have co guardians now

  45. Isa says:

    Ive never been that interested in the familys drama so I’ve missed a lot. I don’t have time I scroll through and read all the comments since I have to go back to work in five minutes.
    So my question is, from the few comments that I’ve read, everyone seems to have a lot of disdain towards Debbie Rowe. She sold her eggs, rented her womb. My question is why do people talk about this like it’s a bad thing? Hundreds of women do the same thing every year for others that are desperately wanting children. What am I missing?

    • Kim says:

      Most surrogates don’t marry the parent, have no contact with kids for years then show up at critical times with attorney pretending to want custody. Dropping custody cases after receiving. additional money

  46. Shannon says:

    Is anyone else reminded of A Series of Unfortunate Events when it comes to these kids? Janet Jackson = Count Olaf.

  47. Aubra says:

    Anyone else think somehow Joseph is behind this?

    • LeeLoo says:

      I sincerely don’t think he’s involved this time. But the way he raised his kids and the example of exploiting others for money sure have rubbed off. He’s the king of money grabs, coercing people to do what he wants, and exploiting anyone with money. Should we honestly be surprised half of his kids turned out this way?

      • skuddles says:

        You’re so right LeeLoo. And isn’t it funny and more than a little ironic that Joe’s greed, which he totally instilled in his kids, resulted in him getting shoved far out of the action the moment MJ passed away? You reap what you sow… Which, of course, the greedy foursome are also learning the hard way right now.

  48. skuddles says:

    Just as I suspected, Katherine was nothing more than a pawn in this scummy scheme. Those four siblings don’t give a damn about anything or anyone except gaining control of MJ’s estate. What surprises me though is how gullible Katherine proved to be – I thought she was made of smarter, tougher stuff than this. It’s clear she can no longer be the sole guardian – otherwise the greedy foursome will just keep pulling this shit…

  49. Luffy says:

    If Katherine Jackson can be so easily manipulated by her children then I don’t think that she is a suitable guardian for her grandchildren. Even if she went there on her own, what adult responsible for children leaves for day at a Tim without contacting those in their care or notifying them of her whereabouts? It really feels like she is unfit to care for them adequately.

    • jwoolman says:

      Her story really doesn’t make sense. I can’t imagine my mother ever doing that even when we were quite able to take care of ourselves physically. There are legal issues in this case if the guardian is incommunicado, whereabouts unknown. And that bursting through security by tailing the kids in the van by the Unholy Trio was bizarre, to say the least. I wouldn’t have let loose of my cell phone, either…

      Having TJ as co-guardian is a good solution- he was raised away from the craziness and Michael was close to him and siblings. He was just too young to name as guardian when the will was last revised to include the third child. But now he’s married with a wife and children, and has been close to the kids before and after Michael’s death.

      Katherine needs to be able to maintain good relations with all her children and grandchildren, so this is a way to ease her out of the fray. She shouldn’t have to take sides in public, even though she has some scummy kids.

      • jane16 says:

        By all accounts, including his own, TJ spent a goodly portion of his life around Michael, therefore, I would argue that he was smack dab center in the craziness. How old are the commenters here? Do none of you remember the constant tabloid fodder that was MJs life thru out the 90s (the horrific plastic surgeries?) and the sickness and perversion that came out during his pedo battles? I’m in my 40s. I was a huge MJ fan in the 80s, freaked out by his weirdness in the 90s, and utterly disgusted with him in the 2000s. Nor do I think he was a good father or businessman. Creative musical genius, yes, but normal life skills, I think he was a total failure.

        btw, altho tj has some kind of band (never heard of it or any songs), he has been working as KJs assistant, therefore paid by her trust $, which most of the commenters here are slamming MJs sibs for. I agree with you that KJ seems too old to be guardian, but it also seems tj is too young. Also, since he has a wife and young kids, his main focus should be directed towards them. The guardian for these kids should be free to put them first.

  50. BT says:

    Oh my, isn’t Paris a pretty one!!! [Who was the supposed Mom to the oldest two, Debbie somethingorother? I don't follow it enough to know for sure.] But the daughter IS beautiful.

    • skuddles says:

      I agree, she’s grown into such a lovely girl. I bet she’ll be a real stunner when she grows up…

  51. d says:

    I think one of the reasons things blew up is that discontent has been brewing among Micheal’s kids as they have seen the other Jacksons leeching off Micheal’s money through Katherine, have been forced to live with a bunch of other family members, and from having watched Katherine not being strong enough to stand up to the entitlement of those Jacksons and greedy graspiness, because they sure don’t hold back on THAT. I mean, grown adults wanting handouts (aka child support, allowances)? Please. No wonder they dno’t respect the others, except TJ. The kids don’t seem to have anything that’s theirs alone because everyone wants a piece. So I think when Katherine walzed off, they were already heightened to shenanigans to manipulate Katherine and just went all out to prevent it, even if they did’t fully know what was going on.

    The entitlement of the Jackson clowns is just galling. Calling the lawyers criminal when THEY’ve been the ones to finally sort out Micheal’s financial mess. They should be glad they’re getting any money at all. If it were me, I’d have cut them off as soon as Jackson died. Give Katherine living fees. Get a non-family member legal guardian, and tell the rest of ‘em to get real jobs. What a joke they are.

    • jane16 says:

      How exactly do you know any of this? btw, MJs execs were the ones who set up his last mega money tour, the prep of which is what killed him. Didn’t you see the vids of him trying to dance the week b4 he died? Pathetic. It was nothing like his former self. They are paying themselves millions of $ per year to be execs (I heard as much as 12 mil), far more than KJ gets for herself and the kids, and have been stiffing some of the charities mentioned til KJ went to bat for them.

      As for them turning things around financially, none of us in the public has any way of knowing what MJs true financial sitch was, and his chimpanzee could have made money off his music and image after he died. Ok, I’m kidding, but anyone in that biz could have.

      Lastly, I think MJ really sux for not leaving his sibs anything. He certainly owes a huge amount of his success to them, they had to endure years of humiliation from his various freak-fests, and even stood by him when he was charged with pedophilia. It wouldn’t have killed the sick bastard to have left his sibs 1% each. There would still be hundreds of mils left for the kids. They don’t need a billion bux to be happy–it would probably just screw their lives up more than they already are.

      • LAK says:

        @JAne16 – it was in their financial interest to stand by MJ as he was paying all their bills.

        Further, the lawyers he named as executors were his lawyers in the 70s and 80s. They helped MJ break away from Motown, and the Jacksons [which ever variation] and make a go of it as a solo star. MJ did break with them, which is when his finances went to hell.

        He brought them back that he really had to get back to work so they could work their magic.

        When he died he was broker than broke. At that point, none of these ‘concerned’ siblings challenged the validity of the will.

        They only did so once the lawyers had turned it around, not a day sooner. Frankly $12M a year against $500M a year is nothing. And if those siblings can run through the amounts of money they had personally eg Janet’s $150M, what makes you think they can manage MJ’s estate??

        Finally, Jermaine and Randy are exceptionally super pissed because they tried to get the estate to pay THEIR child support. Going as far as getting Katherine to beg on their behalf. Why should MJ, who is dead, continue to pay for their child support???? Until the estate started to make money, they were happy for the kids to be saddled with it’s debts. Now it os making spectacular bank, they are demanding their share?????!!!!!

      • jane16 says:

        LAK, pls tell us exactly how you know that MJ was paying all his siblings bills. You are merely repeating old gossip and tmz talking points. I do know that JJ has made a huge fortune off her own career and been on Forbes lists, etc. I do know that Rebbie & her husband Nate worked all their adult life, and lived fairly modestly, middle class to upper middle class, and raised 3 lovely kids who are all adults now and have their own families and careers. I know this becuz my own auntie has known them for about 30 years, has been to their home when they lived here in socal a lot. I wouldn’t be at all surprised if MJ gave them gifts from time to time, I think my aunt said he bought their kids cars or something, but they lived a normal life. I don’t know much about Jermaine & Randy, or how they have lived during their lifetimes, and therefore have no basis for judging them. I will continue to think well of Janet’s & Rebbie’s character until I see concrete proof, not tmz bs, otherwise.

        I am really perplexed by so many of you slamming MJ’s sibs for “trying to live off the estate” or “take money from the kids”, when that is exactly what the grandson TJ has been doing all these years. TJ, the one you all think is sooo much better suited to take care of MJs kids. TJ, who has supported himself and family as Katherines “assistant”, and was obviously paid with her estate funds.

        btw, one of the execs is a lawyer, the other is a music producer. Katherine j has clashed with them since 09 on several issues, you might remember that she, and MJs kids and TJ and some of the others were insensed over a song that was released in ’11 and purported to have original MJ vocals. The family said it wasn’t him, the executors said it was and hired their own vocal analysts to prove their own point!?!? I think the family just gave up, its hard to fight one of the toughest lawyers in the biz who has unlimited $ at his disposal. I can easily see that it would wear the old lady down. I think it far more likely that she is having some kind of health crises and the daughters took her away for evaluation and treatment. There are any number of reasons why they would want to keep it under wraps.

    • lori says:

      ITA the Jackson siblings are arrogant entitled a$$holes who have no shame. They live like whiny children, still begging mom for money to cover their living expenses. Because they refuse to get real jobs and pay for their own families. I think they have been skimming money from MJ through Katherine for years and now that the estate has attorneys involved, it has gotten trickier for them to do this, because Katherine is on an allowance and probably needs to come up with legit reasons or receipts for the extra cash demands the adult siblings make. As many families know, when you have deadbeat relatives like this, it can be hell to get them to go away and sometimes you need to call the police to get them removed from your property. I hope the kids can get restraining orders if they need them, from MJ’s siblings so they aren’t constantly hounded for money.

  52. DANDILION says:

    yeah.. now you know.. welcome to the Jackson family.. what’s yours is ours, what’s ours we spend and don’t share, we control you.. so shut up and sit down young lad.. we’ll get back to you later.

  53. Lulu says:

    I’ll never stop being amazed at what a good job Michael did with these kids. Who would have thought it of him? Making them wear bags over their heads in public, dangling them over balconies…God bless him. At least they have each other now. They seem very close.

  54. Shannon says:

    What I don’t understand is why is Janet even involved in this? I would think she would stay far removed from this drama. Yet, if she’s part of the faction trying to take control of the estate that makes me wonder what’s up with her financial situation.

    I’m so tired of this drama that I don’t even care. Michael obviously did enact a strong enough will if any of these challenges are legitmate.

  55. lori says:

    Also, the adult kids deserve NOTHING from MJ’s estate, because they did NOTHING to earn it. And they continue to prove year after year, how bad they are with handling money, They are always broke and borrowing more money. Any money the estate tried to give them would be pissed away quickly and they would be crying for more all over again. Janet and co. if you are that broke that you need to rob your own niece and nephews, get a job! I hear McDonald’s is hiring.

  56. yadira says:

    After losing their father whom they loved so much, I feel so bad that these kids are basically on their own having to fend off the hungry wolves (Jacksons)

    I would love to take them home with me and protect them the way they should be money or no money. I give them a lot of credit, for being so young…they seem pretty smart and grounded and close

  57. Anon73 says:

    These poor kids — disaster waiting to happen.

    That said, sorry to be a b*atch and all but that 15 yr old kid (Prince) does not look like the sharpest tool in the shed. Has such a doofy look about him. Pointing that out… b/c I am sure that makes him ripe for being manipulated.

    Question is then, who is manipulating these kids against their family ? Is there some other party interested in becoming their guardian ? Anyone who is their legal guardian would be receiving big $ no doubt. So would not surprised if someone is angling for that role.

    Also thinking it’s this same party (whoever angling for the guardian role) likely tipping the media off to all this drama in the first place. We know it’s not a Jackson family member (Janet, Rebbie, etc) given the image of them coming from all this is not exactly .

  58. TTT says:

    Even if Michael Jackson used a sperm donor, those children are still his.Because he created them and raised them. Please quit calling sperm donors “fathers”.

  59. Coco-Melv says:

    Why is everyone talking about this family. EVERYBODY has family issues. . .so please lets not try to throw stones. . .what is so crazy is Branca/McClain . . the executors of the will. Michael fired them years ago. . and because HE WAS on drugs and never took care of his business and made a new will! You know damn well Michael NEVER rehired them! They simply had an old will, something that is standard with that kind of firm. . you get estate planning, a production company, wills and trusts, ect. . and the court had to take what was last on record. How ethical is it for them to be getting paid like they are . . they are getting more money than the kids do! Where is the justice in that?? They same people who smeared Michael’s name in the mud . . because he FIRED THEM. . are the REAL JERKS in this matter.