Michael Jackson's kids at his public memorial at Los Angeles' Staples Center

Ever since news broke of Michael Jackson’s surprising death, people speculated on whether or not his three children, Paris, Prince and “Blanket,” would attend any of the services. He tried so hard to keep them out of the public eye for so long that people weren’t so sure that he would have wanted them front and center, especially at an extremely difficult time like this.

Losing a parent at any age is a lot to deal with, but with Michael’s children being so young (his oldest, Prince, is only 12 years old) we’re sure they took his death very hard. But they did, indeed, attend the public memorial, held Tuesday (Jul 7) at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. And throughout the entire service, were comforted by their aunts and uncles. We said this on Twitter after the service wrapped:

If there was any question about who should have custody of MJ’s kids, this memorial service showed it should be the Jacksons

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