LOS ANGELES, CS. (CNN) - It looks like Michael Jackson's kids are being lost in the middle of the family drama. Kareen Wynter has more from Hollywood.
Born into a life of fame, Paris Jackson - the little girl who spent her early childhood shielded from the spotlight under a veil - is now the face of a contentious Jackson family feud playing out in the courts, on camera and on line.
At issue: the management of Michael Jackson’s estimated billion dollar fortune and the well-being of the family matriarch, Katherine Jackson - the legal guardian of Michael’s three children and the beneficiary of his estate.
Jermaine Jackson’s reps told CNN, on doctor's orders, Katherine’s kids flew her to Arizona more than a week ago to rest and escape the pressure of an erupting legal battle.
But Katherine’s grandchildren seemed unaware of the plan.
On July 23rd, Paris - who hadn't spoken to her grandmother in days - tweeted: "something is really off; this isn't like her at all... I wanna talk directly to my grandmother!"
The 14 year old tweeted the following day, "9 days and counting... So help me god I will make whoever did this pay."
Katherine Jackson’s attorney confirmed to CNN that she did finally speak with her grandchildren over the phone Tuesday night.
On Wednesday - TJ Jackson - the 34-year-old cousin of Michael’s children - was appointed their temporary guardian in Katherine’s absence.
He also sounded off on twitter writing to Paris quote:
"I know it's completely unfair for them to do this to you and your brothers. We will keep trying. I love you."
This security video from Katherine Jackson’s California home from Monday showed Janet and Randy Jackson seemingly in a confrontation with their niece.
The public battle is raising questions over whether Michael’s children, Paris, Prince, and Blanket are getting lost in the family conflict.
Michael's one-time attorney and long-time Jackson family associate says this is exactly the type of feuding Michael tried to protect his children from.
"He shielded his children from conflict and influences he thought would be bad for them. He always wanted them to be well-educated, well-read, well-traveled, and they're very bright, very sophisticated at their age. Michael would not want them involved in a bunch a family conflict and hopefully this will blow over."
The world first got a sense of Michael Jackson as a dad when Paris spoke lovingly of her late father at his memorial service in 2009.
"Ever since I was born, daddy has been the best father you could ever imagine."
One who treated them to chuck e cheese and toys r us outings, but who also
Disciplined his children, as Paris Jackson told Oprah Winfrey in June.
"Like now, I see other kids with their parents and I compare them to my dad. Our dad was a really normal father, like when he was with us. We would get grounded if we did something bad."
And by all accounts, Paris and her siblings are grounded and well-adjusted children, as their uncle Jermaine described them in an interview with CNN last year.
"They're kids but we've been able to let them just be themselves and grow up to be fine human beings."
A chance for his kids to be kids, that's what Jermaine, says Michael would have wanted, the next Jackson generation.
And despite the current issues in the Jackson family, there is no doubt about the love Katherine and her grandchildren have for one another.
Kareen Wynter, CNN, Hollywood.