Troubled singer Chris Brown, left, and rapper A$AP Rocky, center, performed live in concert at the JW Marriott Hotel in Cannes, France, on Thursday. I’m surprised France allowed Brown into the country. Photos: Splash News
The King of Pop, Michael Jackson, was finally laid to rest last night more than two months after he died at age 50 of an apparent cardiac arrest on June 25th. Jackson was interred in a crypt alongside Hollywood legends such as Clark Gable, Marilyn Monroe, David Carradine, Sammy Davis Jr., and others following a private sunset ceremony at the Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Glendale, California.
The guests were limited to family members and close friends, including Berry Gordy, who signed 10-year-old Michael and his brothers to a recording contract in the late 60s, and Gladys Knight, who discovered the Jackson 5. Knight sang “His Eye Is On The Sparrow” at the ceremony.
Others attending the funeral included Michael’s friends music producers Quincy Jones and Teddy Riley, actors McCauley Culkin, Elizabeth Taylor, Corey Feldman, Clifton Davis (who sang the Jackson 5 hit “Never Can Say Goodbye” — a song he wrote); actress LisaRaye, comedian Chris Tucker, industry veteran Suzanne de Passe, the Jackson 5’s road manager and mentor; Lisa Marie Presley, one of Jackson’s former wives, the Rev. Al Sharpton, and others. Jackson’s longtime friend Diana Ross did not attend.
Michael’s brothers Jackie, Tito, Jermaine, Marlon, Randy, and the two boys Michael raised as his own — Prince Michael I and Michael II., all wore black suits with red ties, black arm bands and a single white sequined glove. The funeral was delayed over two months due to a rift between Michael’s mother Katherine and his brother Jermaine over the final burial plans.
According to TMZ.com, a California judge has just named Michael Jackson’s mother Katherine Jackson permanent guardian over the 3 children her son raised since birth.
Katherine will also receive 83.5% of the monthly allowance she had requested for the children’s support and maintenance. The exact amount wasn’t discussed in open court.
The judge gave the order after stifling objections from Debbie Rowe’s attorney. Rowe’s attorney had asked the judge to delay granting permanent guardianship to Jackson today. Earlier, Rowe and Katherine Jackson reached a custody agreement outside of court for the two kids she gave birth to.
Rowe, 50, and Michael Jackson entered into a bizarre agreement in 1996 to provide children for him in exchange for millions of dollars in spousal support. The two were briefly married, but Rowe told friends they never consummated their marriage. Rowe has admitted she was artificially inseminated.
Rowe and Jackson were granted a divorce in October 1999 and Rowe recived an $8-million settlement. The judge ruled today that she will continue to receive payments under the settlement. Rowe was also granted visitation rights.
Jackson died at age 50 on June 25 after suffering a cardiac arrest. His death has been ruled a homicide and is under investigation by local and federal authorities.
The kids Prince Michael, 12, Paris Katherine, 11, and Blanket, 7, whose mother is unknown, will be be raised mainly by Katherine and Joe Jackson’s eldest daughter Rebbie. The children will continue to live with Katherine on her sprawling Hayvenhurst estate in Encino, California where Michael and his siblings were raised in the 70s.
Oscar winning actress Halle Berry acted like she didn’t want to be photographed with her sperm donor model Gabriel Aubrey over the weekend. Halle should be happy to cheese for the cameras whenever she’s out with her man, which is on very rare occasions.
Only an idiot would believe anything that comes out of Joe Jackson’s mouth these days. And I guess the interviewer sitting across from Joe is just such an idiot. When Joe says dancer Omer Bhatti — one of the young boys Michael befriended in the 90s — is Michael’s son, the interviewer believes him without question.
He doesn’t even ask Joe if a DNA test was performed. Of course, the truth is Omer is not Michael’s biological son — Omer said so himself in an interview with a British paper. So did People.com which quoted a friend of Bhatti’s as saying Michael referred to the young performer as “Liltte Monkey.” Michael apparently had such a weird disconnect with other humans that he often objectified them. Michael named one of the children he raised “Blanket.”
The friend said Bhatti, nicknamed “Little Michael” met Jackson when the kid won a contest impersonating him in Europe in the mid-1990s. Jackson was “blown away” by the little performer and got in contact with Bhatti’s family. Bhatti is one of numerous boys who shared Jackson’s bed over the years at his Neverland Ranch in Santa Barbara, California.
I’m sure Omer’s biological parents don’t find any of this amusing. Rumors like this one will never be taken seriously because we all know Jacko was not into females.
Michael Jackson’s father suggested that he may have neglected the three children he raised as his own.
During a pointless and disorganized press conference today, Joe Jackson told reporters that Michael’s three children were “happy” now that they had other children to play with.
Joe told the assembled reporters that the three children — Prince Michael, 13, Paris Michael Katherine Jackson, 11 and Prince Michael II, aka “Blanket,” 7 — were excited to finally have other children their age to play with back at the Jackson estate in Encino, California.
Joe suggested that Michael isolated the children away from other kids their age. Which is sad when you consider that Michael spent his adult life trying to reclaim his own supposed lost childhood.
A California judge today granted Katherine Jackson’s petition for temporary custody of the three children her late son, pop icon Michael Jackson, raised as his own.
Jackson’s ex-wife Debbie Rowe, biological mother of the two eldest children, was served with a notice. A hearing is set for next Monday, according to TMZ.com.
The petition stated Debbie Rowe had no relationship with the children.
Meanwhile, a lawyer who was terminated from Jackson’s employ in 2006, suddenly popped back up three weeks ago. Attorney John Branca claims to be in possession of Jackson’s last will and testament, and he plans to file the will in court in 30 days.
According to TMZ.com, Jackson’s parents Katherine and Joseph Jackson aren’t aware of any such will. Katherine filed a petition to be named administrator of Jackson’s estate. In the petition, Katherine Jackson stated her son had no will.
When I think of the Jackson family, the word normalcy doesn’t come to mind. The Jacksons aren’t like you and me: most of us wouldn’t be able to function if our family member passed away under suspicious circumstances.
Here’s what the Jackson family did over the weekend while the body of their son and brother lay in a morgue:
Mama Katherine Jackson went shopping at target (doesn’t she have staff to do that?) It appears she stocked up on sleeping bags — most likely for Jackson’s adopted children who might be moving in with her permanently.
Papa Joe Jackson laughed it up with Jesse Jackson and friends outside the Encino, CA mansion where Michael and his siblings grew up.
And both Janet Jackson and Joe attended the BET Awards, where Joe made sure to promote his new record label while walking the red carpet (!)