Call it power-sharing, or maybe the world’s strangest parenting couple, but Katherine Jackson and her grandson T.J. Jackson have reportedly agreed to share the duties of raising Michael Jackson’s children, Prince, Paris and Blanket.
After Los Angeles County Judge Mitchell Beckloff took custody of the children away from Katherine on Wednesday because of her prolonged 10-day absence in Arizona and granted temporary custody to T.J., Katherine announced that the court hearing was based on “a bunch of lies” and vowed to get the children back.
But apparently the 82 year-old matriarch has had a change of heart and decided to share custody with T.J. rather than fight him. The joint arrangement would allow Katherine deal with the child-rearing while T.J. handles the administrative details, such as hiring and overseeing staff at the Calabasas estate. Reportedly the arrangement was urged by Michael’s oldest son, Prince.
A statement released by Katherine’s attorney Perry Sanders reads: “Mrs. Jackson is extremely pleased with the prospect of enjoying the pleasure of raising Michael’s children without the day-to-day tedium of items such as managing the large staff that goes with such a high-profile family and focus her attention on being a grandmother and raising Michael’s children.
“She is eager to simply enjoy her great relationship with these children, while deeding over some of the stressors that go hand in hand with being a guardian.”
The arrangement will be presented to the judge next week for approval. In the meantime, Judge Beckloff has ordered an independent investigation into the three children’s welfare to see how they are dealing with the family drama.
The report will include private interviews with each of the kids and will only be reviewed by the judge.