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The Jackson family saga is growing more sad, disturbing and confounding by the day. Here's the latest:

In the wake of Katherine Jackson losing contact with her grandkids - Paris, Prince and Blanket - TJ Jackson, the son of Michael's brother Tito, is pushing to become the children's temporary legal guardian. TMZ reports his attorney is actively drawing up the paperwork now.

Katherine Jackson and the Kids

Katherine has been serving as the trio's guardian since Michael Jackson passed away, but sources close to the family believe she's being held against her will by MJ's siblings in Arizona. She has not seen her grandchildren in nine days.

Insiders tell TMZ that all three children are in favor of TJ taking over guardian duties. He's reportedly very close to his niece and nephews.

"I know it's completely unfair for them to do this to you and your brothers. We will keep trying. I love you," TJ Tweeted to Paris last night.

Tension continues to rise within the Jackson clan because Michael only left money to his foundation and his children in his will. Moreover, there have been accusations that Katherine is being treated unfairly by the will's executors.

Police were called to the family home in California yesterday over some kind of domestic dispute. No arrests were made, but photos later surfaced of Janet and Jermaine Jackson in a heated discussion.

Finally, in case this wasn't all strange enough, there's this: TJ Jackson went to the prom with Kim Kardashian.

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His memory and indelible mark on music and pop culture will last forever and now Michael Jackson's children have cemented his legacy ... in the literal sense.

With a hand and footprint ceremony, Prince, 14, Paris, 13, and Blanket Jackson, 9, left their mark - and Michael's - outside Hollywood's Grauman's Chinese Theater.

Here's a photo of the kids paying tribute to their late father Thursday, at the event held in conjunction with the Cirque de Soleil MJ-themed Immortal show:

Michael Jackson Kids at Handprint Ceremony

"This, right here, is his lifetime achievement award," said Prince Michael Jackson, 14. "This is what he strived to get, and this is what we are giving him now."

The Jackson kids made an imprint in the cement using Michael's famous sequin glove and a pair of his dancing shoes, and each added their own print as well.

Also there to celebrate the King of Pop's memory: mother, Katherine, brothers Tito and Jackie, Smokey Robinson, Quincy Jones and Justin Bieber, who said:

"He meant so much to me. More than entertainer; he was an inspiration."

We doubt he's alone in that sentiment.

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Christina Aguilera rocked the house and Jennifer Hudson no-showed, but the big story of the Michael Forever tribute concert was the appearance by his kids.

Michael Jackson's children Prince, 14, Paris, 13 and Blanket, 9, took the stage briefly in Cardiff, Wales, to introduce a live satellite performance by Beyonce.

"We're very happy to be here on this special night to honour our father," said Paris, dressed in an exact replica of the jacket MJ wore in his "Thriller" video.

Prince's outfit conjures up images of "Bad," while young Blanket went for one of his dad's more recent looks, with the long hair and the signature armband:

  • Michael Jackson Kids
  • Prince, Paris, Blanket Jackson

The legendary singer, perhaps the single most successful artist in modern music, died in 2009 aged 50 while rehearsing for a series of comeback concerts.

The Michael Forever tribute concert coincides with the involuntary manslaughter trial of the singer's doctor, Dr. Conrad Murray, currently underway in L.A.

Prince, Paris and Blanket have agreed to boycott coverage of the trial, though Prince has also said he will testify if called by the prosecution in the case.

Michael's brothers Jermaine and Randy boycotted the tribute show, calling it ''ill-timed'' and 'inappropriate'' given the criminal proceedings taking place.

Janet Jackson was less opposed to the show, but declined to perform because it would be "too painful". In any case, here's a video of Michael Jackson's kids ...

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Prince, Paris, and Blanket Jackson, the children of the late Michael Jackson, have decided to instill a self-imposed boycott of Dr. Conrad Murray's trial.

The physician, accused of involuntary manslaughter, faces a long prison term if convicted. The trial, which began last week, is expected to last weeks.

Sources say that for the kids, especially Prince and Paris, rehashing the details of how Michael died is just too hard, and they're trying to tune it out.

MJ Kids

Katherine Jackson, Michael's mother and the kids' guardian, is said to be relieved that kids aren't more curious and desperate to pay close attention.

After prosecutor David Walgren displayed the body of Michael Jackson in the opening statement of the Dr. Conrad Murray trial, the stakes were high.

Katherine was unhappy and disturbed the shocking pic was displayed, and the 911 call placed after MJ was found unresponsive was also unnerving.

At this point it's unlikely that the kids will be called as witnesses against Murray, as the prosecution feels it has plenty of others to prove its case.

The children certainly do not wish to be involved whatsoever. However, if asked to take the stand, Prince Michael will testify without complaint.

[Photo: Fame Pictures]

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Michael Jackson's kids are planning on attending the upcoming MJ Tribute Concert in person. This in spite of objections from two of their uncles.

Prince, Paris and Blanket have all decided that they want to fly to Wales for the event, regardless of what Jermaine and Randy Jackson think.

An Jackson family rep tells TMZ: "Paris, Blanket and Prince have been asked to attend the MJ Tribute in Wales and they have decided to go."

Jackson Kids

The rep adds that the kids are "extremely excited and they're hoping they will have the opportunity to contribute in some way by making a speech."

"Nothing has been set in stone, but they really hope they can."

Jermaine and Randy are fighting their attendance, as well as the concert itself, which they consider "inappropriate," given that the event is due to take place in October during the involuntary manslaughter trial of Dr. Conrad Murray.

We can see that side of it, but at the same time, Michael's kids - who are said to be so happy these days - should be allowed to honor his memory.

[Photo: Fame Pictures]

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Michael Jackson must be smiling from above.

Two years after his death, his once-veiled children Prince, 14, Paris, 13, and Blanket, 9, are facing the world and adjusting to their new life with flying colors.

"They are really happy kids now," a source says.

MJ Kids

Paris, Blanket, Prince and some other person we don't know.

Monday, they made a public appearance with their grandmother, Katherine Jackson, and aunt, Latoya Jackson, at a ceremony to donate some of MJ's artwork.

They were also spotted at Six Flags Magic Mountain last week with their cousins, Jermajesty and Jaafar, plus Prince Michael Jackson's girlfriend Niki (sp?).

As summer winds down, the Jacksons - like any kids - will focus on school.

"Prince and Paris are going back to [private school] this year. They love the social aspect of it," says the source of the long home-schooled kids.

Blanket, on the other hand, will stay home to receive his education, at least for now: "He's still very, very shy. He's still home-schooled."

[Photo: Fame Pictures]

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Sightings of Michael Jackson's children are becoming less and less noteworthy, which is bittersweet. The intensely private Michael always shielded them from the public, but since his death, they've been living much more open existences.

Prince Michael, Paris Michael and Blanket (real name Prince Michael II), all put on their Sunday best as they left a church service in Los Angeles yesterday:

  • Prince and Blanket
  • Paris and Prince Jackson

June 25 marked the two year anniversary of Michael Jackson's death. Despite Michael being taken from them too soon, with the help of their extended Jackson family, the kids all seem to be doing extremely well in life.

They have always been regarded as well-raised, well-adjusted kids and the increased normalcy of their lives should only help. Katherine Jackson and their aunts and uncles all deserve a lot of credit, as do the kids themselves.

[Photo: Fame Pictures]

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Michael Jackson wanted his kids to lead the normal childhood he never had, but they still idolize their famous dad and want to follow in his footsteps.

So they told Good Morning America in interview to air tomorrow.

The late King of Pop's mom, Katherine, joins Prince, Paris and Blanket in talking about how they have "adjusted pretty well" to life without Michael.

The kids are young, but their career plans involve "continuing what our dad was doing." Paris added, "I'm thinking about auditioning for a play."

Here's a preview of the segment, which should be interesting:

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Michael Jackson is always around his children, even in death.

Their uncle, and MJ's brother, Jackie Jackson explains why.

Vintage Michael Jackson

"They are with their father 24 hours a day," Jackie said of Paris, Prince and Prince II (Blanket). "They have pictures in the bedroom. They talk about him all the time."

"They ask me stories about him. They want to know more about him."

The pop star's kids are "doing really well," Jackie said, adding that Prince wants to be a director one day, while little sister Paris wants to be an actress.

"I told the kids, 'You better get busy, because when we were your age, we were selling out concerts,'" Jackie joked, referring to the famed Jackson 5.

The children have embraced that era of their father's life, with Prince even donning a Jackson 5 shirt to a recent Los Angeles Lakers game with Jackie.

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Last fall, we reported that Michael Jackson's children may be asked to testify on behalf of Dr. Conrad Murray, as the embattled physician's lawyers seek to establish that the late, great King of Pop had longstanding drug addictions.

While that says little about Murray's actual care, Jackson's kids apparently thought highly of him in that regard too, because their famous father did.

The children refused to believe that their dad died of a heart attack in June 2009, since MJ raved that Dr. Conrad Murray was the best doctor on Earth.

For what it's worth, Michael and the kids loved Murray.

Jackson's former nanny, Grace Rwaramba, has described his addictions in detail, and spoke with LAPD investigators about how Dr. Murray became a "regular" around the house when the singer lived in Vegas, visiting at least twice a week.

Grace said Michael would constantly praise Murray in front of the kids, and that's why after he died, the kids would say, "There's no way daddy could have died of a heart attack because Dr. Murray is the best doctor in the whole world."

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