Jackson Kids Want to Stay With Janet

By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 17, 2009 1:24 AM CDT
Michael Jackson's children, Paris, and Prince Michael II, also known as Blanket, stand with their aunts, Janet Jackson, left, and La Toya Jackson at Jackson's memorial service.   (AP Photo/Gabriel Bouys, pool)
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(Newser) – Janet Jackson has become Michael Jackson kids' key caregiver in the weeks since their father's death and that's how the four of them want it to stay, sources tell OK!  "Janet has completely bonded with those children in the last two weeks,” said a family friend. “She has been their rock. It’s clear to everyone that they are looking to her for comfort and guidance.”

Jackson's mother, Katherine, was named in his will as the children's guardian, and Janet's presence has helped ease fears that the role might be too much for the 79-year-old grandmother. "Janet is not only willing to raise those children, she is also the only relative who knows how to protect them,” said the source. “Janet knows the value of a private life and knows how to keep her personal life out of the news. She is determined to do that for Michael’s children."