Prince and La Toya Jackson
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09/04/2013 at 11:00 AM EDT
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."