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Jackson Family Rift Widens: Janet Jackson at Center of It All?

Tue., Jul. 24, 2012 7:29 AM EDT
by Nicholas Robinson

Katherine Jackson being reported as a missing person had everyone up in arms this weekend. Although the famous Jackson family matriarch recently announced that she’s safe and sound in Arizona, something still seems to be awry between the older generation of Jacksons and late singer Michael Jackson’s three children, Prince, Paris and Blanket. And according to reports, Janet Jackson and her brothers, Randy and Jermaine, may be at the heart of the rift.

According to RadarOnline, a family insider claims that Janet orchestrated Katherine’s mysterious trip to Arizona, saying that the singer wanted her mother to get some much-needed rest and to see an independent doctor.

“Katherine is very well,” the insider said. “Janet was behind the whole thing — she felt that Katherine needed medical help and was desperate for her to get some bed rest.

Since Michael’s death, Katherine has been caring for his three kids, and the insider alleges that Janet wanted her 82-year-old mother to get away from the stress of raising three young kids.

“It was an extreme measure, but Janet felt that by being away from Paris and Prince Michael, Katherine would be able to relax a lot easier. However, it’s important to reiterate that she’s not at a hospital. If she was truly sick, she would be in hospital care. Katherine is holed up at a place where she can just get some rest.”

Yesterday, Jermaine posted a lengthy tweet explaining that Katherine’s trip to Arizona was planned well in advance and that her missing persons report was simply absurd.

“This incredulous claim was made for reasons best known to the adult(s )who filed it but it seems no accident that it comes after we, the sons and daughters, put in place caretaking for our own mother, taking her to Arizona in line with doctor’s advice following a check-up,” wrote Jermaine.

“Furthermore, it dismays me that such an alarmist ‘missing person’ report has caused unnecessary anxiety among Michael’s children who will understandably react to what they misunderstand, hear or are told,” Jermaine continued. “No one is being ‘blocked’ from speaking with Mother.”

However, another source claims that relations fell apart between Jermaine, Randy and Janet, and Michael’s kids after the three adults recently went to Katherine’s Calabasas home and tried to take the three kids to see their grandmother in Arizona.

However, Prince and Paris reportedly refused to go and Jermaine, Randy and Janet were escorted off the property by security and are now banned from the home. Paris recently posted on her Twitter page that it’s now been eight days since she’s spoken to Katherine.

“8 days and counting . something is really off , this isn’t like her at all .. i wanna talk directly to my grandmother!!<|3” wrote Paris.

Clearly this family drama is far from over and though the facts are still hazy, it looks like a lack of clear communication between family members is a major part of the problem.

But they’re not the only Hollywood family with issues. Check out some other Hollywood family feuds below. –nicholas robinson

 

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