You know, it seems like if there are any celebrity offspring who truly deserve a shot at a normal, drama-free lifestyle, it's Michael Jackon's kids. Unfortunately for Paris, Prince, and Blanket Jackson, their lives have been anything but low-key lately, thanks to a bitter family feud that's gotten increasingly bizarre -- and public -- in the last few days.
Here's the timeline as best I can understand it: last weekend, family family members reported that Katherine Jackson, Michael Jackson's mother, was missing. As a result, Katherine lost custody of the Jackson kids, and rumors swirled she had effectively been kidnapped (and possibly even drugged).
Katherine is now back home, and both Paris and Prince Jackson have posted online about their grandmother's return. But it's Prince's angry message that really takes this disturbing family fight to a whole new level.
Let's start with Katherine's side of the story, such as it is. She's apparently back in California now after spending several days "resting at a spa" in Tucson, and she's issued the following statement:
I am devastated that while I’ve been away, that my children, my grandchildren, have been taken away from me, and I’m coming home to see about that. I am here today to let everybody know that I am fine and I am here with my children, and my children would never do a thing to me like that, holding me against my will. It's very stupid for people to think that. There's a lot of lies that have been put out there and I am going home to straighten them out ... So I want to say goodbye and I am on my way home.
Michael Jackson's daughter Paris posted happily about her grandmother's return early this morning, writing,
grandma's here! #thankyougod 5 hours of sleep last night, been awake for 23 ... time to #hibernate.
Prince, however, seemed to be in a slightly different mood. Here's the full post he shared with the world (thanks to the Twitlonger service that lets you go over Twitter's 140 character limit):
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.”
Aaaaaand here's the screenshot of a group chat that he posted:
Well, this just gets stranger and stranger, doesn't it? Was Janet Jackson really keeping the kids' grandmother from talking to them? Was Katherine Jackson really kidnapped in some sort of bid for Michael Jackson's fortune (which has earned $475 million since Jackson's death in 2009)? If her kids had nothing to do with her disappearance, why did Katherine randomly jet off to an Arizona spa, leaving her grandchildren to worry about her? Is that one kid going to be called "Blanket" forever, or what?
So many questions, so few answers. Really, the only thing that seems clear about this whole mess is that whatever's going on among the Jacksons, it's causing MJ's children a world of hurt. After the hugely public death of their beloved, controversial father, the last thing they need is to live through this kind of insanity from the exact same family members who should be taking care of them. Sadly, it doesn't seem like anyone has the Jackson kids' best interests in mind at the moment.
What do you think is really going on in the Jackson family right now?
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