La Toya Jackson: Prince Is a Good Kid

09/04/2013 at 11:30 AM EDT

La Toya Jackson: Prince Is a Good Kid
Prince and La Toya Jackson
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Don't believe everything you read. Despite recent reports that 16-year-old Prince Jackson is rebelling against his family, his aunt La Toya Jackson tells PEOPLE he's doing great.

"He's really great. He's a good kid. He makes wonderful grades," she said Tuesday night at her debut in the off-Broadway show NEWSical.

Jackson, 57, who has been a mentor to Prince since his father's death in 2009, says the teen still wants to become a director.

"He knows that's what he wants to do. He was doing it with his dad, and I'm so happy and proud for him – let them do what they want and choose to do," she said.



La Toya, who is currently filming the second season of her OWN reality show Life with La Toya, says she's better able to deal with reports about her family after Michael's death.

"I don't read the tabloids because to me negative things are bad. I stay away from it because they've always said so many things about my family," she said. "The most misconception is that we're all insane – and we're just normal people, like everybody else."

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