If you’ve been following the Michael Jackson drama since his recent death, you know that his will left guardianship of his three children to his mother Katherine Jackson also left his father Joe Jackson out of the will.
But because the singer’s estate is potentially worth billions, it’s easy to see how or why Papa Joe would want to play Grandpa to MJ’s kids when that is exactly what the performer said he didn’t want to happen.
Well, we can all rest easy because the 79-year-old family patriarch has come out and said that won’t get involved with raising Michael’s kids.
For the record, Joe Jackson lives in Las Vegas and wrote in a statement, filed in a Los Angeles court on Monday, that he only occasionally visits the family home in Encino in the San Fernando Valley area of Los Angeles.
“I have had a close family relationship with these grandchildren since their birth,” Jackson wrote in the declaration dated July 13. “I do visit the family residence from time to time and will continue to do so, however I will not be involved in raising the children.”
His two-page declaration expresses support for his wife, Katherine, who on Monday was granted permanent custody of Michael Jackson’s three children.
Joe Jackson wrote that his wife is “a wonderful caretaker and guardian.”
A judge on Monday awarded Katherine a monthly stipend to help upkeep the family’s home, where her three grandchildren are staying.