Since Michael Jackson’s death, his children have come out behind their masks and begun living a more normal lifestyle. This past weekend, Oprah sat down with them and Michael’s mom, Katherine, to talk about their life without Michael. But not everyone in the Jackson family is happy about the interview.
Before Michael Jackson‘s death last June, his children Prince, 13, Paris, 11, and Blanket, 8, lived a very secretive childhood, closely protected by their father. Now, the kids have ditched their masks and hidden identities and enrolled in a regular school, interacting with other children, and even attending karate classes. But they took an even bigger step last week and sat down with their grandparents, Katherine and Joe Jackson, for an exclusive interview with Oprah Winfrey about life after “daddy” — that will air on Monday, Nov. 8. at 4pm EST. But is this what Michael would have wanted for his children?
When news leaked out about the interview with Oprah, Michael’s brother Randy Jackson was not thrilled. He voiced his disapproval via Twitter last month. “I found out Oprah was at our family home, my stomach ached and it still hasn’t gone away,” he wrote, adding, “I had no prior knowledge this was going to happen. It was deliberately kept from me because they knew i would have tried to stop it.” Randy feels that Oprah is the “last person” Michael would want around his beloved children.
“I know how Oprah feels about my brother and family,” he wrote. “i also know that he would not have wanted this. In fact, she is the last person on earth he would want around his children… i can never forget when she had the show on pedophilia during the jury deliberation process in my brother’s santa maria case.”
Although a source close to the family says that Katherine and Joe wanted to meet with Oprah to tell the “real story” behind what has been happening legally, financially and emotionally since the King of Pop’s death, Randy does not approve. “I know there are a lot of you out there upset and angry over this. i don’t blame you…can you imagine how i feel. i’m angry 2…Let our anger be the fuel that ignites our desire for truth, and keeps us unified on the road to justice for him. i will continue to do my best with my family. all i need is your love and support. i will never give up.”