Michael Jackson's brothers are determined to challenge the King of Pop's ex-wife Debbie Rowe if she attempts to fight for custody of her two children. Reports suggest the former nurse, the biological mother of Prince and Paris, is concerned for the pair's welfare under the care of their legal guardians, grandmother Katherine Jackson and uncle TJ, and is planning to file court papers to take them in herself.
However, the late superstar's siblings, Tito, Randy, Jermaine and Jackie, insist Rowe has no right to uproot the teens after agreeing to give Michael full custody of Prince and Paris in exchange for a big cash payout following their 1999 divorce.
A statement issued by The Jacksons to TMZ.com reads: "(The children) are well loved and well taken care of. We are quite taken back (sic) that Ms. Rowe has decided now to enter their lives, after she abandoned her children many years ago for money.
"Our only desire is to see our niece and nephews continue to go on with happy, healthy and safe lives. We will do everything and anything with in our power to help make that happen."
Michael was also father to youngest son Blanket, although the identity of the 12 year old's mother has never been revealed.
The King of Pop died in 2009.
Earlier today it was reported that TJ Jackson (Tito's son), was named temporary guardian of the late singer Michael Jackson's three children Wednesday.
In the unfolding saga that seems to be the Jackson family, it was declared that Katherine Jackson (Michael's mother) was being kept against her will from seeing the children and, making her unable to fulfill her guardian duties. Confused yet? Well, it doesn't help that reports from members of the family all seem to confuse rather than clarify--they all say something different. But it all becomes part of an even bigger picture, as drama unfolds about Michael's will.
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It seems as though some allege the will is fake, or a forgery--in it, the children are given Michael's estate control exclusively. But the date Jackson allegedly signed the will, he was in New York, not California where his executors live. Suspicious! The will stated that upon Katherine Jackson’s death, her portion of the estate passes to Paris, Prince, and Michael Jr., leaving Michael's father and siblings with nothing.
Is this a power-play to gain control over the estate and therefore Michael's money? Not so, says L.A. Superior Court Judge Mitchell L. Beckloff. Merely an injunction to make sure the kids are properly taken care of, though they say different. Jackson's daughter Paris took to Twitter, saying "8 days and counting . something is really off , this isn’t like her at all .. i wanna[sic] talk directly to my grandmother!!," adding fuel to the fire that something more else is going on here. So naturally, the aunts and uncles decided to stop by the house and start videotaping their talking to the kids on camera phones. (Because that is a very normal way to interact with your family!)
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To further propagate (though seemingly unintentionally) the confusion, Michael's brother Randy went on Good Morning America to explain that this was all just to tell the kids that they can see their grandmother whenever they want. What? So are they against the children or the executors here, or the will? Check out Randy's conversation below:
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So now we are left to wonder...is Katherine OK? Why haven't the kids seen the person that is allegedly their guardian? Are they (or Katherine) being manipulated by the executors? Or by the aunts and uncles? Is this all part of a storyline to some secret reality show we don't know they're filming? Only time will seemingly tell. It seems as though once the will's authenticity is invalidated (or not), the rest of the story will unfold. In the meantime, TJ Jackson will be making all decisions involving the kids until this whole situation is sorted out.
What do you think about the unfolding Jackson drama? Are you worried for Michael's kids or Katherine Jackson? Let us know in the comments.
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