(LOS ANGELES) — A day after Katherine Jackson told ABC News she’s “devastated” her grandchildren have been “taken away” from her, her son Marlon Jackson and granddaughter Paris tweeted that the Jackson family matriarch has arrived home.
A Los Angeles judge on Wednesday suspended Jackson’s rights as guardian of Michael Jackson’s three children — Paris, Prince Michael and Prince Michael II — in an emergency hearing, declaring that she had been unable to serve in that capacity because of an “intentional act from third parties.” TJ Jackson, son of Tito Jackson, was named temporary guardian.
After Katherine was reported missing and Paris tweeted about not hearing from her grandmother for days, it was revealed by Jackson siblings that their mother was in Arizona.
In an ABC News exclusive from a spa in Arizona, the 82-year-old said the court hearing was “based on a bunch of lies,” adding, “but I have a good idea who’s doing that.”
Katherine read from a prepared script while surrounded by several family members, including her children Janet, Jermaine and Rebbie.
“There are rumors going around about me that I have been kidnapped and held against my will. I am here today to let everybody know that I am good and fine and I’m here with my children. And my children would never do a thing like that, hold me against my will,” Jackson said.
The 82-year-old continued, “It’s very stupid for people to think that but anyway I am devastated that while I’ve been away, that…my grandchildren have been taken away from me.”
The matriarch said she spoke to her grandson TJ Tuesday night and told him it wasn’t necessary for him to assume guardianship of Michael Jackson’s children.
“I don’t know who instructed him to do that,” Katherine Jackson said.
Katherine Jackson described her visit to the Miraval Resort and Spa in Tucson, Ariz., as a “short vacation,” saying she was “grateful” that her children saw that she “needed rest” and wanted to take her away for a while “for just a short vacation to rest up.” It had been reported that Jackson was staying at her daughter Rebbie’s home in Tucson.
When asked about not calling Paris, Prince Michael and Prince Michael II for several days, Katherine said, “One reason I didn’t call is I just gave up my phone and I didn’t want to have any phone calls while I was here.”
Jackson said she would be returning to her home in California, although she didn’t specify when. However, her son Marlon Jackson tweeted early Thursday morning, “my mom is home she look and sound great. thank you everyone for your support, Study Peace.”
Granddaughter Paris also tweeted minutes later, “grandma’s here ! #thankyougod <33.”
Two hours earlier on Thursday, Marlon tweeted: “Hello everyone Thank you for your support. I’m tired of not knowing where my mom is. I did speak with her last night but she didn’t sound like herself. I was told by Janet, Randy and Jermaine that I could not see my mom. Doctor’s order. But I see them on television with her. How come they could not call me so I could be with her as well.”
For her part, Paris tweeted early Thursday morning, “they promised my grandmother would be home YESTERDAY. Why isn’t she home?
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