Joe Jackson Was Left Out of Michael Jackson’s Will
Jackson family patriarch, Joe Jackson, who passed away on June 27, 2018 from terminal cancer complications, was not only known for making his family music royalty, but for his relentlessly tough discipline. This resulted in a reportedly strained relationship amongst him and his children.
So strained that it was revealed that Michael, the most famous of his nine children, reportedly went out of his way to leave Joe out of his will. Reports say it was signed in July of 2002, five years before Michael’s death.
The only names included as beneficiaries for the “Petition for Probate” list and the Michael Jackson Family Trust were Michael’s children and his mother, Katherine, with Katherine as their guardian. And instead of Joe being listed as their back-up guardian, fellow Motown Records singer, Diana Ross, is listed.
Despite rumors of the will being fraudulently signed while Michael was out of town, in a 2009 hearing, Judge Mitchell Beckloff ruled with the following statement:
Joe Jackson takes none of this estate… this is a decision his son made.
Michael and his siblings have been known to tell interviewers that Joseph, which they were commanded to call him instead of “Dad” or “Daddy,” would often give them physical punishments after poor performances or other minor incidents. Michael recalled physical and verbal abuse in the 2003 documentary, “Living With Michael Jackson.” He said Joe would say things such as:
God, your nose is big…you didn’t get it from me.
Yet, in a 1993 interview with Oprah Winfrey, Michael said of his father:
I do love him.
However, in a 2013 interview with Piers Morgan, Joe Jackson gave an unapologetic stance on the Jackson family’s upbringing. He said:
I came out with some kids that everybody loved all over the world. And they treated everybody right.
Watch the late Joe Jackson’s Piers Morgan interview here:
By Miata Shanay