Joe and Katherine Jackson are calling it quits after more than 60 years of marriage, a longtime family friend has revealed to the Daily Star.
Katherine, 80, has filed for divorce after Joe — long suspected of abusing his prodigy son Michael as a child, blamed his estranged wife for the icon’s death in an interview with British tabloid News of the World.
Speaking about the months leading up to the Michael’s death, outspoken Joe, 81, said of his wife: “I begged her to go over and stay with him, but she insisted he needed his privacy.”
The betrayal is said to be the last straw for Katherine, who won sole custody of MJ’s children — Prince Michael, 13, Paris, 12, and Blanket, eight — following the singer’s death on June 25, 2009.
“After 60 years, she’s had enough. She’s been humiliated by him for too long. She’s absolutely livid. This time there’s no going back.”
The Jacksons — the stage parents of nine — separated in 1999. Katherine resides at the family compound in Encino, California while Joe lives in an apartment just off the Las Vegas strip. Until now Katherine has refused to consider divorce because “as a Jehovah’s Witness, she believes that a marriage is for ever,” said the insider.