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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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Janet Jackson is under consideration for a Season 12 judging spot on American Idol.

But reports say the singer is less concerned about her future these days and more focused on that of her 14-year old niece, Paris.

  • Janet Jackson in White
  • Paris Jackson Image

According to Us Weekly sources, Janet is "furious" that Michael Jackson's daughter has accepted a role in the 2014 film Lundon's Bridge and the Three Keys.

"She feels it goes against Michael's wishes to keep his kids out of the the limelight until age 18," the insider says of this Jackson feud. "Janet thinks Paris should enjoy being a kid and possibly go to college.

Paris, however, is "hoping for more roles," the source adds and Janet may not be the one to offer sincere advice to her relative: the singer has an extensive acting resume, including an extended stint on the sitcom Diff'rent Strokes... when she was 14 years old.

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On the third anniversary of Michael Jackson's death, his daughter Paris is still mourning his loss, while remembering all the good times she had with him.

The pop star's only daughter, now 14, paid tribute Monday morning, tweeting, "RIP Michael Jackson ... Dad you will forever be in my heart."

Paris also Tweeted a pic of Michael with Debbie Rowe, the nurse who famously wed Jackson in 1996 and bore two children, Paris and Prince Michael.

Mommy and daddy <3," Paris wrote in a caption of the pic:

Debbie Rowe and Michael Jackson

Debbie Rowe married Michael Jackson in 1996. The couple divorced in 1999, after which she gave full custody of both Prince and Paris to the pop icon.

Dr. Arnold Klein, Jackson's longtime friend, has long been rumored to be the biological father of both children, although this has never been proven.

MJ's third child, Blanket, was born in 2002 via an unknown surrogate.

Whatever you might think of him, he apparently excelled at parenting. Paris, Prince and Blanket have gone on to become outstanding young people.

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In an exclusive interview airing Sunday, Paris Jackson confided to Oprah Winfrey that she's still coping with her famous father's loss but also dealing with grown-up problems like having a security detail and even bullying.

"I just like, remember something, and I smile," she said of her father.

The 14-year-old invited Oprah into her home and her life, and if you didn't know that her father was Michael Jackson, you'd swear she were like any other teenager who goes to school, hangs out with friends at the mall and deals with bullying.

"People have tried [to bully], but it doesn't always work," Paris told Oprah on OWN. "Both at school and some people try to cyber bully me."

"They try to get to me with words, but that doesn't really work."

Asked if she thought people picking on her were just jealous, Paris said: "Maybe, I don't know." Jackson says she mostly ignores it.

Since she took the stage at Michael's 2009 memorial service and shared her grief with the world, Paris has been in the public eye.

Because of paparazzi, celebrity gossip and the public's interest in her, Paris has security with her 24/7, which she calls "unfortunate."

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The strangeness of wearing masks all the time as a child is not lost on Michael Jackson's daughter Paris, though she respects his reasoning behind it.

It was one of the most enduring images from Michael's bizarre life - stepping out with his kids hidden behind masks - at the time and to this day.

Paris Jackson, 14, tells Oprah Winfrey she was as perplexed as anyone.

  • Michael Jackson, Mask
  • Pretty Paris Jackson

"I was really confused," Paris admits in an interview to air Sunday. "I didn't get why I was always wearing a mask. But I understand it now."

"The reason why my dad would want our faces to be covered ... it was so when we went out without him we wouldn't be recognized."

Thanks to her late father's efforts, she says, "We had a normal childhood," including trips to the mall, the arcade and Chuck E. Cheese's.

"He told us that he didn't really have a childhood," says Paris. "He would always be stuck in the studio singing while the kids were out playing."

"Really, he just wanted us to have that. "

One thing's for sure, the King of Pop really knew what he was doing in the child-rearing department. Paris, Prince and Blanket all seem like remarkably normal, respectful and well-adjusted young people. Respect.

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Janet Jackson grew up in the spotlight, and that's precisely the thing she does not wish on anyone, especially her 14-year-old niece Paris Jackson.

The daughter of the late Michael Jackson recently got her first movie role in Lundon's Bridge and the Three Keys. Janet is not totally on board.

"We've spoken about the fact that you're only a child once," the pop star told Prevention magazine in a new interview, released this month.

  • Paris Jackson Photograph
  • Janet Jackson Live

"I think there's a time for everything, and now is not the time [to act in films]."

"I told her that I thought she should enjoy being a kid, possibly go to college or not, but wait till she turns 18. She's a very tough, smart girl."

"But it's a cutthroat industry. I wouldn't want my child to do it."

That wasn't the only thing Janet was chatty about. The Nutrisystem spokeswoman was very candid about her weight and body issues over the years.

"I think people really connect with the idea of someone who's gained and lost weight in a public way, and also someone who's an emotional eater."

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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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Michael Jackson's lasting advice to his only daughter was simple.

"He said, 'If I die tomorrow, always remember what I told you.' I took his advice, and I remembered everything he told me," Paris Jackson, 13, told Ellen DeGeneres.

The King of Pop shaped Paris' life in fundamental ways, from her desire to pursue acting to far more important lessons, she reveals in the interview, airing Thursday.

Here's a clip of Paris Jackson on Ellen:

"My dad was in the movie Moonwalker; I knew he could sing really well but I didn't know he could act. I saw that and I said, 'Wow, I want to be just like him,'" says Paris.

The female Jackson recently scored her first film role. A family rep confirmed she has a role in the upcoming fantasy movie Lundon's Bridge and the Three Keys.

"We would do improv together," she adds. "He would give us little scenarios. He would go, 'Okay, in this scene you're going to cry,' and I'd cry on the spot."

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Paris Jackson, the 13-year-old daughter of Michael Jackson, will soon make her acting debut, starring in the upcoming Lundon's Bridge and the Three Keys.

In a mixed live-action/animation movie, the late King of Pop's middle child will play a girl who survives being brainwashed by a jellyfish queen in the ocean.

Hey, every career has to start somewhere, right?

Paris J.

Paris will appear as a live-action "human character" along with animated characters voiced by Larry King and wife Shawn Southwick, Joey Fatone and others.

Filming begins in January. Three Keys is first in a series of five Lundon O'Malley movies to which she's committed, producer Stephen Sobisky confirms:

"She wants to be an actress. [Paris Jackson] wants to take on her dad's legacy and do something good for the world and our product does that."

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Finally able to move on after the sentencing of Dr. Conrad Murray, Michael Jackson's family members took in the performances last night on Fox's The X Factor.

The seven contestants paid tribute to MJ Wednesday.

With renditions that ranged from stripped down (Drew Ryniewicz) to completely unique improvisations (Astro), did the aspiring singers impress Michael's progeny?

Michael Jackson Kids on X Factor

Michael Jackson's kids watch the X Factor action ... and look mostly happy.

Treated as both props but also royalty, Paris Jackson, Prince Michael Jackson I and II and their grandmother / guardian Katherine Jackson had front row seats.

So who was Paris' favorite of all the singers channeling MJ?

"Honestly," she Tweeted, "They were all really talented!

Good answer. Who do you think was the best/worst?