Katherine and Joe Jackson to divorce

By | Published on Friday 20 August 2010

Michael Jackson’s parents are to divorce after 60 years of marriage. Although the couple have been estranged for five years, Katherine reportedly made the decision to formalise their split after Joe recently accused her of being responsible for their son’s death.

Despite their separation, Katherine has apparently been reluctant to divorce until now, mainly because she’s a Jehovah’s Witness and that sort of thing is frowned upon by her religion.

As previously reported, Joe told the News Of The World in June this year: “[After Michael’s death] Katherine was weeping uncontrollably and highly upset. But I didn’t give her a hug because I was mad at her crying. I said, ‘If you had listened to me, Michael would be living now’. I kept thinking about the times I had stood in front of her saying something was wrong. I couldn’t bottle up my feelings. Katherine didn’t say a word – I had to get away from her. If she’d done what I asked, Michael would be here today. I am incensed with her. She could have made a difference. In Michael’s final months alive I said to her, many times, that I couldn’t get through to him – and that she needed to help her son”.

A spokesperson for Katherine reportedly said: “Joe Jackson’s statement and conduct toward Mrs Jackson are outrageous. The world also knows who Joe Jackson is and he seems bent on never letting us forget. She’s been humiliated by him for too long. She’s absolutely livid. There’s no going back”.

Including Michael, the couple, who married in 1949, have nine children, as well as 26 grand children.