In an interview with Vlad TV, the 62-year-old R&B star discussed his sons dating the Kardashians in their younger years.TJ dated Kim, obviously now married to Kanye West, when they were in high school."They were high school lovers or puppy love or whatever you want to brand it," he said.“He’s like a third parent to us.” As the boys got older, they accompanied their famous aunt and uncle on tour and accepted generous helpings of career advice.Besieged by fans after one concert, Michael turned to his nephews and said, “Are you sure you want to do this? Born as Tito Joe Jackson, he is the youngest son of Tito Jackson - the brother of Michael Jackson - and Delores "Dee Dee" Jackson. Jackson was part of the pop boy band 3T alongside his two older brothers, Toriano Adaryll Jackson II (also known as Taj) and Taryll Adren Jackson."We became extra close when my mom passed away," T. Taryll reportedly also dated Kim's sister Kourtney Kardashian at one point.
“My dad has footage of us as little kids singing to the music of the Jackson 5,” says Taj. “He’s been here for us since day one, whether helping with school or problems with friends,” says Taryll.
” Says Taj: “In the end, it inspired us.” Despite their musical ambitions, the brothers are determined to continue their education. found comfort in his relationship with girlfriend Kim Kardashian, the 15-year-old daughter of O. Simpson’s lawyer Robert Kardashian and his former wife Kris Jenner. “She dropped everything to be with me.” At the same time, Taryll and Taj took off a semester from Loyola and gradually came to the conclusion that rather than abandon the career that their mother, who acted as 3T’s manager, had encouraged, they should carry on.
Taryll, the first member of the Jackson family to attend college, and Taj both go to L. J., now a senior at Buckley, maintains a 3.5 grade-point average. “We became extra close when my mom passed away,” T. Last year the brothers returned to the studio to continue working on , which they completed last July and dedicated to their mother.
Between studies, they began work on their debut album, only to be interrupted by their mother’s tragic death. The album’s first single, “Anything,” a Billboard Top 40 pop hit, was described by one reviewer as “reminiscent of the Jackson 5″—no shocker given that three of the cuts were produced by Michael and the title song includes harmonies by uncles Marlon, Jackie and Jermaine, as well as Tito.
Says Taj: “We didn’t have any incentive to sing anymore. She was our inspiration, and she was gone.” After living with their mother in Sherman Oaks following their parents’ divorce, the brothers moved into Tito’s Hidden Hills home after her death. “Our mom loved ,” says Taj of the song about filial loyalty they were recording when she died.