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Fans worried about Michael Jackson's kids after watching Katherine Jackson on Oprah need not worry. They will not suffer the child abuse their father did.

Katherine, Michael's mother and now the legal guardian of his children Prince Michael, Paris and Blanket, does not believe in physical discipline. Period.

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Joe Jackson beat Michael and basically said he'd do it again, but Katherine corrects Paris, Prince and Blanket by talking to them. What a wild concept.

Prince, Paris and Blanket at the memorial service for Michael Jackson. The King of Pop was peerless musically, but felt his children were his greatest legacy.

Moreover, Katherine will not let Joe be involved in any disciplinary situations when it comes to the youngsters, so he won't lay a hand on MJ's kids.

Joe admitted to Oprah he whipped Michael with a strap, which he justified by saying that none of the couple's nine children had ever been to jail.

This wasn't exactly news, since his abusive past is common knowledge, but the bluntness and lack of regret was unsettling to many Michael fans.

In any case, it turns out discipline is not a high priority at the Jackson compound ... because Michael's kids are incredibly well-behaved anyway.

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Sony is releasing a Michael Jackson album this Christmas, featuring 10-12 original songs. The reason this is noteworthy? His kids say some of the tracks are bogus!

Five of the tracks were recorded at the New Jersey home of record producer named Eddie Cascio, where Michael and his children stayed for four months in 2007.

Many tracks were recorded then, plus remixes that were released on the Thriller 25 album. But the children say the soon-to-be-released ones aren't real.

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Michael Jackson's kids, who are also in the news because of an upcoming interview with Oprah this Monday, believe the Cascio tracks in question are fakes.

The theory is they were performed by a Michael Jackson sound-alike instead. Hard to believe? Maybe, but MJ's oldest, Prince Michael Jackson, is adamant.

He says he was upstairs at the Cascio's house when many tracks were recorded and heard the music, none of which match the Sony tracks, he says.

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As we've talked about, Oprah Winfrey is airing an interview with Michael Jackson's parents and children Monday, but not every family member is happy about it.

Michael's brother, Randy Jackson, has long resented O for doing a show on pedophilia during the jury deliberations of MJ's molestation trial. Just a coincidence?

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Maybe, maybe not. But next week, once again, her interview with MJ's kids will be immediately preceded by ... a special on child molestation. Makes you think.

Oprah sits down with the Jacksons. And some creepy old guy.

Oprah's sit-down with MJ's kids - Prince, Paris, and Blanket - is scheduled for Monday. The episode before? "200 Adult Men Who Were Molested Come Forward."

A rep for Oprah's production company denies this, telling TMZ that "There is no connection whatsoever between the two shows. This is purely coincidental."

They could switch it if that were true, though. Just saying. Why not air it some other time just to quiet the speculation that you're trying to send a message?

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A former bodyguard for Michael Jackson, Matthew Fiddes, thinks that he may actually be the biological father of Blanket, the late pop icon's youngest child.

Why would he assume such a thing? Because he donated sperm to MJ in 2001 (didn't they all), and Prince Michael Jackson II (Blanket) was born in 2002.

We're convinced right there. But he also offers this photo comparison:

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Matthew Fiddes as a kid, left, and Blanket as a kid right now!

The bodyguard admits he doesn't know for sure if he's Blanket's daddy but says people have told him they see a resemblance between Blanket and himself.

Foolproof argument. Other reported parents of the youngster include:

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The embattled Dr. Conrad Murray reportedly plans to call some star witnesses in his involuntary manslaughter trial stemming from Michael Jackson's death:

The late King of Pop's children.

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Murray believes their testimony could help get him off the hook for giving Michael Jackson a lethal overdose of Propofol that authorities believe killed him.

Could Paris and Prince actually get Dr. Conrad Murray off the hook?

Paris and Prince Michael Jackson may be called as defense witnesses and will be asked about specific statements supposedly made soon after his death.

Dr. Conrad Murray believes Prince and Paris Jackson will admit their father had long-standing drug addictions, a key component of his defense strategy.

A source said: "After saying goodbye to her dad at the hospital, Paris said, 'My daddy is so cold again. He was always cold. He would sit by the fire to get warm. We were always afraid he would fall in as we was so close to the flames."

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Home schooled throughout their lives, Michael Jackson's eldest two children are finally branching out - at the most exclusive private schools in the country.

Prince Michael Jackson, 13, and Paris Jackson, 12, have started classes at The Buckley School in the San Fernando Valley this Wednesday, TMZ reports.

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Paris and Prince Michael Jackson with younger brother Blanket.

Sources say Prince wanted to go to Buckley to have "a social experience." Initially, Paris Jackson was reluctant but changed her mind in a big way.

As for MJ's youngest, eight-year-old Blanket (a.k.a. Prince Michael Jackson II), he's still going to be home schooled, at least for the near future.

Katherine Jackson, their grandmother and legal guardian as requested in Michael's will, feels he's too young to venture out. Maybe down the road.

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It's been almost a year since their famous father's death, and Michael Jackson's children have understandably attracted a great deal of attention in that time.

We've seen them at his memorial service, the Grammy Awards and on YouTube. But who are they really? They're unique individuals, each a bit like their dad.

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At 13, Prince Michael Jackson is, in the words of family, "very smart" and an aspiring filmmaker. A year younger, Paris Jackson is "the strongest" of the three.

That's according to their grandmother and guardian, Katherine Jackson, who recently opened up to London's Daily Mirror about caring for the star's children.

Their baby brother Blanket (real name Prince Michael Jackson II) is, well, a baby brother. His uncle, Jermaine Jackson, says he's a water-gun-toting prankster.

"As soon as you turn your back," he told London's Sun of Blanket, who his own son was accused of trying to taser, "he shoots you and you're left soaking wet."

While Katherine Jackson recently said the home-schooled Prince, Paris and Blanket "don't have any friends" she says they're going to school come September.

In a separate interview with the Associated Press, Katherine Jackson's lawyer Adam Streisand noted only that Prince Michael would be heading off to school.

But deep down, they're pretty regular kids, just like MJ wanted. They're upbeat, they're into video games, movies, karate, and just playing with each other.

If you caught Blanket going bonkers with his light saber moves YouTube, you already know he's come out of his shell a bit. His older siblings are no different.

The children are thriving, and what is often overlooked is how Michael Jackson, who lacked a real childhood himself, raised these three without mothers.

Perhaps he was more human than people gave him credit for being.

"The kids are happy," said their godfather and Michael's friend Mark Lester, the former child actor of Oliver! fame. "Things are settling down. That's good."

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Katherine Jackson, mother of the late Michael Jackson, has been taking care of the pop star's kids, as directed in his will, since his death almost a year ago.

Since June 25, 2009, the children have become "isolated" and miss their father desperately, she tells the UK's Daily Mirror. It's very sad and not surprising.

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"They don't have any friends. They don't go to school, they have private lessons at home," Katherine laments, "But that will all change in September."

"They are due to enroll at private college."

What college that is remains unclear, but according to the interview, one of the kids' coping mechanisms is to spend hours listening to their father's music.

Paris, Prince and Blanket are rarely seen in public.

Katherine says Paris Jackson has turned her bedroom into a shrine to her "Daddy" and that Prince and Blanket talk often about trying to make him proud.

The Jackson matriarch says that when the children moved in with her, she wanted to decorate Paris' room with flowers or ballerinas. That didn't happen.

Katherine says "Paris went into a closet and she brought out seven or eight pictures of Michael, and she told me, 'No, I want daddy hanging in my room.'"

Paris Jackson, who many fans remember from the memorial, "goes to bed and wakes up looking at him. She said, 'I always want to be able to see him.'"

Almost brings a tear to your eye, no?

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As we reported in late April, Katherine Jackson wants four of her grandkids out of her house so that she can better care for Michael Jackson's children.

The problem is Alejandra Jackson, who's gearing up for a fight.

Paris and Prince Michael Jackson

She's been living at the family compound in Encino with kids Donte, Randy Jr., Jaafar and Jermajesty - two born to Randy and two to Jermaine Jackson.

Jaafar's bid to taser Blanket a few months ago sparked a DCFS probe and prompted Katherine to kick them out so she can care for Michael's offspring.

Katherine's bid to give Michael's kids a better environment is being challenged.

While downsizing the brood at home, Katherine Jackson is allowing Alejandra and her kids to move into a nearby condo owned by the Jackson family.

But Alejandra is far from pleased here.

When Katherine, who is out of town until June 10, comes back to L.A., Alejandra has to move. But she's lawyered up to negotiate a separation deal.

Alejandra wants some assurance that her family will be financially protected and is likely to challenge the move until she gets something on paper.

Also, Alejandra has gone after Jermaine in the past for failing to pay child support, and given this forced move, that battle has been reignited too.

Never a dull moment with the Jackson family, that's for sure.

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For all that's been written of Michael Jackson's questionable financial decisions, it looks like he learned his lesson - and didn't want his kids to repeat his mistakes.

He left a fortune to Prince, Paris and Blanket, but with long, long list of strings attached. Under the trust he left for them, the kids get 40 percent of MJ's estate.

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His mother, Katherine Jackson, gets the use of 40 percent during her lifetime (when she dies, the remainder goes to the kids), and 20 percent goes to charity.

The kids' 40-plus percent isn't going to be seen for decades, though.

Prince, Paris and Blanket have no control of the money until they are 30. Until then, they only receive an allowance, determined solely by the estate's trustee.

Paris, Blanket and Prince will learn fiscal responsibility - something that their father showed limited ability to handle despite accumulating such a vast fortune.

When each of the kids turns 30, the trustees must then give them a third of their share outright. When the kids reach 35, they get half of their share outright.

If they screw up, Omer Bhatti gets it all. Just kidding.

At age 40, they get whatever's left. The late icon's will refers to the trust he set up but the trust document itself is separate, and has just now been released.

As for how much the kids will get? That amount, along with the value of the estate, grows every month, thanks to executors John Branca and John McClain.

Jackson's June 2009 death sparked a new generation of interest in his music, and various tributes, movies and song releases continue to rake in the dough.

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