Katherine Jackson has spoken out against the "stupid" rumours that she had been kidnapped and she is upset that she has lost custody of her grandchildren, the children of her late son Michael Jackson.
The 82-year-old matriarch appeared on ABC News where she had prepared a statement for the cameras. According to reports, the interview was shot at the luxury resort where she has been spending the last 10 days in Arizona.
"There are rumours going around about me that I have been kidnapped. I am here today to let everybody to know that I am good and fine. My children would never do anything to me like that. It's stupid."
With her children Jermaine, Janet and Rebbie behind her as she read out the prepared statement, they seemed to appear quite anxious. During her absence, the 'Thriller' singer's children Prince, 15, Paris, 14 and 10-year-old Blanket have been put in the custody of their 34-year-old cousin, TJ.
"I am devastated that while I've been away, my grandchildren have been taken away from me and I'm coming home," Katherine continued. She also said that the action was "based on a bunch of lies".
Paris Jackson has been particularly vocal about her grandmother's absence insisting that she hadn't heard from her in days.
"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," Katherine said, and the grandmother also revealed that she had put TJ in charge.
It was also claimed that Katherine's assistant had been in touch with the eldest of Michael's children, Prince.
"He said everything was going fine back home. Still I think about the children... worry about them but they're fine," she said.
Remembering Michael Jackson...
Michael Joseph Jackson was born in Gary, Indiana on August 29, 1958. He was the seventh child of nine children to Joseph and Katherine Jackson and was born into a typical working class family. The city of Gary is 25 miles from downtown Chicago and is famous for its massive steel industry. It took its name from the chairman of U.S. Steel, Elbert H Gary, and is nicknamed 'City of Century' – we're hoping for ironic reasons. (Image: WENN.com)