Life, as they say, is a struggle, and it's no different for the late King of Pop's mother as it is for others.
Born, Katherine Esther Scruse, on May 4, 1930, Michael Jackson's mother had remained unobtrusive since her husband Joe's Jackson's death in June 2018.
From raising a musical family to authoring her autobiography, the legendary Jackson family matriarch has been keeping up. The joys of motherhood, coupled with its challenges, haven't left the public figure yet.
Katherine Jackson attends the press conference of "Michael Jackson Children Foundation" at the Keio Plaza Hotel on December 12, 2011 | Source: Getty Images
On June 25, 2009, her most celebrated child, Michael Joseph Jackson, passed away in his sleep days before he was to perform at his "This is it" concert.
An overdose of propofol had triggered his death. Speaking on motherhood, she told CNN in 2011 that
"It's the most important thing in the world. One thing about mothers --- they have to be there for their children when they need her. They should be there at all times and know where your children are at all times."
Katherine Jackson appears at "Goin' Back to Indiana: Can You Feel It" the Gary, Indiana Chamber of Commerce's event on August 31, 2012 | Source: Getty Images
Consequently, Katherine, who was barely 79 at the time, was brought into the spotlight when she assumed full responsibility of M.J.'s three children.
She became the legal (temporary) guardian of Paris, Michael Joseph Prince Jr. and Prince Michael II, fondly referred to as Blanket. Paris and Prince's mom Debbie Rowe also wanted to be the guardian of her kids.
Jackson and Rowe arrive at a concord, granting the iconic performer's ex-wife access to visit her kids under strict surveillance.
Katherine Jackson appears at the Michael Jackson Hand and Footprint ceremony at Grauman's Chinese Theatre on January 26, 2012 | Source: Getty Images
In 2012, news of Katherine Jackson gone missing spread abroad. A family member had made the unofficial report, thereby forcing the reserved octogenarian into the spotlight.
Katherine had only gone for a trip to Arizona, but her lengthy absence made a judge give her guardianship to the Moonwalker's kids a temporary suspension.
However, Katherine's "disappearance" caused unrest for her three temporary wards. It appeared that her trip was related to a family dispute concerning the "Smooth Criminal" singer's will.
Michael Jackson attends his mother Katherine Jackson's birthday party on May 4, 1984 at a private location in Los Angeles | Photo: Getty Images
Tito Jackson's son T.J. assumed temporary guardianship of the kids. After a week, Katherine became their guardian again. T.J. Jackson continued as a co-guardian to his cousins.
Debbie Rowe came back in 2014 to take her kids; she believed that they weren't taken care of properly. All attempts to have full custody of the kids however failed.
Michael Jackson's mother, Katherine recently opted out of being a guardian to her grandkids, due to factors like her age, the two older kids Paris and Prince are well above 18, and the 15-year-old Blanket could be accounted for by T.J.
Katherine Jackson leave court after the sentencing of Dr. Conrad Murray at the Los Angeles Superior Court on November 29, 2011 | Source: Getty Images
The octogenarian is just a few months shy of her 90th birthday.