Just when life seemed to be getting back to normal for Michael Jackson's three children following his June 2009 death, their whole world has been turned upside down — by none other than their own family. Prince, 15, Paris, 14, and Blanket, 10, have all been banned from seeing their beloved grandmother Katherine Jackson, who is their guardian and had been raising them in her Calabasas, California, home until July 15 when she "went missing" and then mysteriously showed up days later in Arizona. Why? Greed over the King of Pop's will. All of his siblings were left nothing and now they want a cut of his fortune — and they think 82-year-old Katherine, who was left everything along with MJ's kids, is the one to help them get it.
According to reports, they are basically keeping her sequestered and "brainwashing" the matriarch until they can convince her to contest the will and help them get their hands on the money their famous brother never wanted them to have. Paris has been especially vocal on Twitter about how corrupt her family members have been, and on Tuesday morning, she tweeted, "so help me god i will make whoever did this pay."
Here's a breakdown of the players in the family drama and what their roles are:
Janet Jackson: Although the "All For You" singer was there for MJ's kids when her brother died three years ago, the relationship has clearly soured. Janet has not only taken the side of her siblings who are keeping Katherine from the kids, but in a security video posted on TMZ, she is seen confronting Paris and trying to take her cell phone from her twice after she and her brothers Randy and Jermaine ambushed Michael's kids as they arrived home on Monday. After the second grab by Janet, Paris can be seen storming past her and when Janet goes after her, she's restrained by Randy … and then the two creepily videotape the girl as she goes inside. TMZ also reports that Janet and her brothers then entered the house and confronted the kids once again in an effort to take them to Arizona. This time, Janet slapped Paris and yelled at her, "You're a spoiled little bitch." Paris retaliated with a slap of her own and told her aunt and uncles to "get the f--k out" of "our house."
Jermaine, Tito, Marlon, Randy, and Janet had been there for MJ's kids, but are now battling them.
Jermaine and Randy Jackson: The two brothers have taken the most active roles in the family's plan to get to Michael's money. Jermaine and Randy, who both have two sons each with Alejandra Oaziaza and want their brother's estate to pay their child support, got into a physical altercation with Joe Jackson's nephew Trent, who was trying to protect MJ's kids from being taken by their uncles and aunt Janet to Arizona on Monday (police were called, but no arrests were made). As a result, the children have been moved to a safe, secret location and security has been beefed up around them.
Tito Jackson: A member of the Jackson 5 along with Jermaine, he is the only sibling not involved with the removal of his mother from her home and grandchildren. Although Tito did sign a family letter on July 17 accusing the executors of MJ's estate of "failing at their job," he has since retracted his signature and says he doesn't "want any part of that letter whatsoever."
TJ Jackson. (JSN Photography/WireImage)
Tito Joe "TJ" Jackson: The 34-year-old son of Tito Jackson is seeking to become the temporary guardian for MJ's three children since they were abandoned by their grandmother, and they all are on board with the idea as are the executors of the Michael Jackson Estate, according to TMZ. On Monday, TJ — who, oddly, was the "first love" of Kim Kardashian — tweeted Paris on Monday, writing, "I know it's completely unfair for them to do this to you and your brothers. We will keep trying. I love you."
Rebbie Jackson: Michael's oldest sister has been watching over her mother in Arizona, where she's allegedly "de-stressing," according to the siblings. After Katherine was reported missing, a photo of the matriarch smiling and playing Uno with her daughter Rebbie and her own children surfaced to prove she was okay. Still, she has not been able to have any contact with Michael's three children.