What in the world is going on with the Jacksons? Last Wednesday, a letter was made public in which several of Michael Jackson’s siblings charged that their mother Katherine Jackson was “being mistreated by the executors of Michael Jackson's estate and mis-advised by her manager and lawyer,” according to CNN. I didn’t think much of the claims, as Michael’s estate is worth hundreds of millions and feuds over how it’s distributed are unfortunately par for the course, even though he’s been gone for three years.
But I was alarmed when I woke up Sunday morning to news that Paris Jackson, Michael’s oldest daughter, was claiming that her grandmother, who has been the primary caretaker for Paris and her two brothers since their father died, was AWOL. “Yes, my grandmother is missing," tweeted the 14-year-old. “I haven't spoken with her in a week i [sic] want her home now." In another tweet, Paris gave out her bodyguard's phone number and asked people to call the police if they saw her grandmother. A Jackson nephew reported Mrs. Jackson, 82, missing, and Mrs. Jackson’s own attorney noted that she has never gone more than 24 hours without speaking to the children since becoming their primary caretaker.
I have a soft spot for children in general, but especially those who have lost a parent. And for the Jackson kids — much like Whitney Houston’s daughter, Bobbi Kristina — perhaps the concern runs deeper than usual because I’ve watched them grow up in the spotlight and I feel an intimate connection to their parents via their music. That, and I watched the interview Oprah did with Paris — I just really liked the kid. She seemed surprisingly normal given all that she and her siblings had been through.
Jermaine Jackson came forward to say his mother was safe, with his sister Rebbie and resting in Arizona as per a doctor’s orders. He added that Mrs. Jackson was advised to stay away from phones and electronics, but that she is not being blocked from speaking with anyone.
Is it me, or does something sound all-the-way-round fishy about this story?
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