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The Jackson family wrestles with conflict in Michael’s long shadow

by Patt Morrison

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Blanket Jackson, Paris Jackson and Prince Jackson appear at the Michael Jackson Hand and Footprint ceremony at Grauman's Chinese Theatre on January 26, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. Kevin Winter/Getty Images

It is hard for celebrities to live their lives entirely in the public eye. But in the rarefied air of superstardom, perhaps the Jackson family lives in the biggest glass house of all.

In the aftermath of the death of the most famous Jackson, pop icon Michael, who died in 2009, the Jacksons still can’t keep the family drama out of the press.

This past week has found their internal strife in the bold font of tabloid headlines. With the conflicting reports and accounts of the whereabouts of Katherine (the family matriarch and guardian of Michael’s children), her children’s reported squabbling over their brother’s estate, brother Marlon crying on TV, Paris tweeting to the world asking to see her grandma, and the authorities being called to investigate an assault, it makes one wonder just what might happen next.

Who would’ve thought that MJ was the glue that held this talented family from Gary, Indiana together?


How does international fame affect family relations? How is it possible to live a normal life in the public eye?


Allison Samuels, senior writer for Newsweek and The Daily Beast

Andrew Blankstein, crime and breaking news reporter for the Los Angeles Times

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