Katherine Jackson breaks her silence on ‘kidnapping’ claiming she just needed a rest

Katherine Jackson has insisted that she was not kidnapped from Michael Jackson’s children against her wishes, revealing that she just needed a rest and some time out.

Katherine, who became legal guardian to Prince Michael, Paris and Blanket following Michael’s death in June 2009, was reported missing by members of the Jackson family earlier this week, however the 82-year-old grandmother has given a statement to ABC News claiming she fine and well.

“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.”

Her children Jermaine, Janet and Rebbie stood close around the anxious 82-year-old as she read out a prepared statement at the luxury resort where she has been staying.

Katherine seemed confused at times, calling grandson Prince “my nephew.”

Katherine Jackson
Katherine was surrounded by family in a show of unity, with Janet, Jermaine, Rebbie and Rebbie's daughter joining her, along with the marketing manager for the Tuscon resort where she has been staying

Due to Katherine’s continued absence, Michael’s nephew TJ Jackson recently made a move to replace her and was awarded temporary guardianship of the children yesterday (July 25).

Prince, 15, Paris, 14, and Blanket, 10 will be cared for by their 34-year-old cousin who had been staying with them in their grandmother’s absence.

Katherine said: “I am devastated that while I’ve been away, my grandchildren have been taken away from me and I’m coming home.”

And she claimed the move was “based on a bunch of lies.”

Katherine failed to explain why she hadn’t notified her three grandchildren of her intention to take a short vacation and rest.

“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 also confirmed that she had left her grandson TJ in charge.

The NBC film crew were told they were not to ask Katherine any questions as she read the statement.

At one stage Janet and Jermaine exchanged glances and whispered.

Katherine also explained that her assistant had been in contact with her grandson Prince.

“He said everything was going fine back home,’ she said. ‘Still I think about the children… worry about them but they’re fine.”

She then confirmed reports that she had spoken to her grandchildren after ten days without contact.

“I told them I would come home today and they’re waiting for me to come.”