Michael Jackson's oldest two kids, Prince and Paris, addressed family… (Tim Ireland )
As the Jackson family feud escalates, Michael's kids take to Twitter.
At about 11:15 a.m. Thursday, 15-year-old Prince Jackson sent an enigmatic statement into the Twitterverse: "These tweets are not our own" — and deleted it moments later.
This comes hours after Paris' older brother joined her highly publicized tweet-spree, uploading what could be (if verified for authenticity and placed within full context) the most bizarre detail surrounding the Jackson drama yet: an iPhone, apparently snapped at 4:16 a.m. (about an hour after Paris' goodnight message), that depicts Janet Jackson texting Don't tell them pls."
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The 15-year-old followed with a Twitter statement. “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,” he wrote.
“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.”
He finished with: “If you continue with your lies I will continue with the truth.”
The posts have since been deleted.
Paris, 14, still speaks sans PR filter — a rare move among celebs, especially inside members of a veritable Hollywood dynasty. Overnight, her candid remarks gained thousands of new followers.
“Grandma's here ! #thankyougod <33” she tweeted Thursday morning, just before 3 a.m., adding “5 hours of sleep last night , been awake for 23 haha goodnight everybody<33” and “time to #hibernate.”
With mixed reports, it's impossible to tell what's truly going on from the outside. But the teens’ recent posts deliver closure: Katherine, who has been reported missing and found and sick and healthy and held against her will over the past week, is finally home. We know this because her grandchildren (who could seemingly care less about Hollywood image standards) said so.
And upon returning to L.A. Thursday, the 82-year-old told ABC she was "fine" but upset over losing custody of Michael's kids to T.J.
The siblings’ transparency, their seemingly honest attempts to protect Grandma, draws support and criticism.
Singer Gladys Knight spoke out Wednesday against Paris’ actions on CBS’ The Talk, referencing the viral video-recorded semi-altercation between niece and aunt:
“It’s drama, that’s what it is. If you lived up under the microscope as this family does, everybody has dysfunctionality in their families, either one way or the other. See, I’m from the South and [we] was raised in that Southern way. You have to understand Paris is what, 14? How old is Janet? Who’s the one who tries to direct the other one here?” she said.
“And I would think that it’s a good thing she let’s Paris know who she is. She is a Jackson. She shouldn’t be putting the business out there like that, ‘cause people read into whatever they want to read into, and that’s how they get the drama. So she’s just trying to protect her in a way. But if she called me that, she wouldn’t have any teeth.”
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