TJ had already emerged as 14-year-old Paris Jackson’s most visible family ally. Some have said he was more directly involved in her care than her previous guardian, Katharine, 82, who has suddenly become the human football of the Jackson family. TJ tweeted Paris with his support on July 23, publicly telling her, “I know it’s completely unfair for them to do this to you and your brothers (Prince and Blanket). We will keep trying. I love you.”
TJ’s name may have come out of nowhere for casual Jackson family observers, but he’s got an illustrious past of his own. Along with his two brothers, he was part of the trio 3T, who uncle Michael co-produced and signed to his vanity label in the mid-’90s. The trio had modest success in the U.S. but racked up a series of much bigger hits overseas.
He’s also renowned as the childhood sweetheart of Kim Kardashian. “We became extra close when my mom passed away,” TJ told People magazine in 1995, when he was 17 and Kardashian was 15. “She dropped everything to be with me.” Kardashian recently told Oprah in an interview that she lost her virginity to a boy when she was 14, leading many to assume that that boy was TJ Jackson.