Joe Jackson Sees 'A Lot of Michael' in Prince, Paris and Blanket

Almost everyone watching and attending the Grammys last weekend teared up when Michael Jackson’s children, Prince and Paris, stepped up to the mic to accept their dad’s lifetime achievement award. In the new issue of People, Joe Jackson says his grandchildren called him as soon as they got off stage.

”They said, ‘Grandpa, did you see us?’” says Joe. “They were so excited, happy and proud,” says a source close to the family. Prince and Paris, Jackson’s two oldest kids, walked off hand-in-hand, arms swinging, and gave the Grammy to their brother Blanket.

But how are Jackson’s kids really doing, seven months after their father died? According to family friends, they are adjusting and bravely carrying on.

The three kids “are wonderful,” long-time family friend Kathy Hilton tells People. If it was Michael’s dream to give his kids the childhood he never had, he would be happy with how they’re being raised in his absence: They take karate lessons, visit the library, have family dinners and attend their grandmother’s church on Saturdays. “I see a lot of Michael in those kids,” says Joe Jackson. “They are strong like him.”

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