Michael Jackson’s daughter. Yet she’s no little kid anymore. Instead, she’s a 14-year-old teen with a massive Twitter following of more than 1 million fans. Evidently she’s also a varsity cheerleader, as the world learned when she tweeted out of a photo of her cheering on Sherman Oaks (Ca.) Buckley School’s boys basketball team.
The photo was apparently taken by a MaxPreps photographer and posted to Jackson’s Twitter account days after Buckley earned the school’s first ever California Interscholastic Federation Southern Section title with a 54-46 win over San Luis Obispo (Ca.) Mission Prep.
“I’m so excited for our community,” Buckley boys basketball coach Mike Hamilton told Buckley’s in-house website, Buckley.org. “They are the reason we won CIF. Everyone has been so supportive and kind. We have been feeding off of their energy for several games now. Our fans, faculty and staff are continuing to carry us across the finish line.
“In terms of the team, these guys worked so hard to be here. Everything they did in the preseason prepared them for this time. I’m just happy to be along for the ride. This sort of success could not happen to a better group of young men.”
Jackson has attended Buckley for three years, largely because the private school is extremely exclusive. In theory, Buckley helps Jackson avoid the everpresent media spotlight abdicated by her father, the King of Pop, when he tragically passed away.
Yet Twitter subverts that dynamic, with the teen sharing all different aspects of her life to a rabid following that she has cultivated en route to fame and, she hopes, a future career in movies.
For now, the teen pseudo-celebrity has a lot more cheering to do. Buckley’s victory ensures that the school will take place in the Division V state tournament, where the team will begin against Escondido (Ca.) Calvin Christian High on Wednesday.