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One Year Later: Michael Jackson's Kids

6/25/2010 12:30 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

On the anniversary of Michael Jackson's death, TMZ looks at his children -- Prince, Paris and Blanket -- and how their lives have changed.

Michael Jackson's Children

A Prince is Born

Jackson’s longtime friend (and later his wife) Deborah Jeanne Rowe, a dermatology nurse, reportedly gave birth to Michael Joseph Jackson Jr (known as Prince Michael) on February 13, 1997.

Paris Is A Jackson

Paris-Michael Katherine Jackson, Prince’s little sister, was born in April 3, 1998.

Even though Jackson and Rowe divorced in 1999, Jackson got full custody of the children. The divorce was relatively amicable, but a subsequent custody suit was not settled until 2006.

And Blanket Makes Three

In 2002, Jackson’s third child, Prince Michael Jackson II (nicknamed “Blanket”) was born. The mother’s identity is unknown, but Jackson has said the child was the result of artificial insemination from a surrogate mother and his own sperm.

Dangling Blanket

In November 2002, Jackson brought his newborn son Blanket onto the balcony of his room at the Hotel Adlon in Berlin as fans stood below, holding him in his right arm, with a cloth loosely draped over the baby’s face. Jackson dangled Blanket over a railing, four stories above ground level, causing widespread criticism in the media.

Jackson later apologized for the incident, calling it “a terrible mistake”.

Jackson Never Officially Adopted

Michael Jackson never adopted his three children, even though he’s not the biological father.

We broke the story that neither Jackson nor Debbie Rowe are the biological parents of Michael Jr. and Paris. And Michael was not the biological parent of Prince Michael II either.

Jackson never filed legal papers to adopt any of his children.

Katherine Gets Custody

Michael Jackson’s will said the singer wanted his mom, Katherine, to get custody of his three children and wanted assets to be placed in trust.

The will lists Jackson’s lawyer, John Branca, and John McClain, a music exec, as executors.

The will has not been filed with the court.

As for custody — ultimately the decision on who gets custody was in the hands of the judge who awarded custody to Katherine.

Kids Accept MJ's Grammy with Touching Speeches

Paris and Prince Jackson, Michael Jackson’s two oldest kids, delivered a touching speech when they accepted a lifetime achievement award at the Grammy Awards in 2010, seven months after Michael’s death.

Private Screening of 'This Is It'

Michael Jackson’s kids saw “This Is It” on October 27, 2009 — in their own private screening.

The kids were invited by Sony to see a screening of the movie on the Sony lot in Los Angeles. Despite being sick with the flu all week, the kids still attended the screening.

Fun With A Stun Gun

Jermaine Jackson’s 13-year-old son Jaafar ordered a stun gun online which was confiscated by security when it was delivered and locked up by Katherine Jackson. But children at the Jackson home were found playing with the gun — and Blanket was the intended target.

Security guards on the property were perplexed because they couldn’t figure out where the noise was coming from … nor could they identify the sound.

One of the security guards went upstairs and “stopped Jermaine’s kids from stunning Blanket.” The guard confiscated the gun.

The Force Is Strong With Blanket Jackson

MJ’s kids posted several self-made videos on YouTube and quickly became sensations.

One of the videos features 8-year-old Blanket Jackson wielding an invisible lightsaber and quoting “Star Wars.”Another clip shows his sister Paris Jackson busting out a hardcore rap.

Michael’s kids really got into making these home movies … and the stun gun incident involving Jaafar was part of a movie plot.

MJ's Kids Have No Friends

Katherine Jackson says Michael’s kids are isolated and miss their father desperately.

Katherine told the Daily Mirror, “They don’t have any friends. They don’t go to school, they have private lessons at home — but that will change in September, when they are due to enroll at private college.”

According to the interview, the kids spend hours listening to their dad’s music.

She says Paris has turned her bedroom into a shrine to her “Daddy” and that Prince and Blanket talk often about trying to make him proud.

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Butterfly    

May God bless you Prince Paris and Blanket

1545 days ago
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a total fan    

Can someone please shed some light on the statment that Michael never officailly adopted his three children? I never knew that parents had to adopt children that were born within a marriage. Or that they have to be legally adopted from a surrogant. To Michael, to his family, to his fans, to the world Prince, Paris and Blanket are his children.

1545 days ago
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Michael    

How can you say that three children of Michael are not his biological children?!!! it's awful what you are writing and doing!!!! This are his children and you could not know for sure if he is their biological father or not! So don't write if you don't know!

1545 days ago
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Siggisis    

3. Can someone please shed some light on the statment that Michael never officailly adopted his three children? I never knew that parents had to adopt children that were born within a marriage. Or that they have to be legally adopted from a surrogant. To Michael, to his family, to his fans, to the world Prince, Paris and Blanket are his children.



Posted at 11:01 AM on Jun 25, 2010 by a total fan



4. How can you say that three children of Michael are not his biological children?!!! it's awful what you are writing and doing!!!! This are his children and you could not know for sure if he is their biological father or not! So don't write if you don't know!



Posted at 11:05 AM on Jun 25, 2010 by Michael



TMZ being disgusting agaim. That is what they do best.
They try to make it look nice on the surface, but there are some deep and hurtful (and totally unneccesary) jabs to his kids.
It takes some pretty damn cold hearted people to do this on the anniversary of their father´s passing.
This makes me sad. :´)

1545 days ago
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Siggisis    

Oh, sorry Butterfly, I meant to say hi to you, nice to see you here today.

1545 days ago
6.

AJ    

Michael Jackson IS the biological father of his 3 children.
Blanket is a clone, Prince has vitiligo like he did (what are the chances that he chose a donor with his SAME disease?!).
Stop spreading lies about someone who can't defend himself anymore.
Only cowards do that.

1545 days ago
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moni    

I wish TMZ wouldn't have made the kids an issue today. They know very well which kind of comments will come up in the following.



Hi Siggisis, and hi Butterfly. One year over, and it still hurts, doesn't it?

1545 days ago
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Sammy    

Contradicting: "Michael's sperm was used" followed by "he's not the 'biological' father" ??? There was something false in almost every slide. Hmmm... what is TMZ trying to say >_>

1545 days ago
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lynn    

Seriously?!? TMZ, forget Michael for a minute...you honestly don't believe that Debbie Rowe is the mother of Paris and Prince? Who was she pregnant with? Why does Paris look JUST LIKE HER?



There is NO proof for your claim. Shame on you...especially for you to say that today. Michael was their father, and Debbie was their mother. LET IT GO.

1545 days ago
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Butterfly    

Hi Siggisis ,moni and others,



it hurts so much

1545 days ago
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Siggisis    

Hi Siggisis, and hi Butterfly. One year over, and it still hurts, doesn't it?



Posted at 11:25 AM on Jun 25, 2010 by moni



Hi moni, yes it still hurts terribly. That is a fact. Michael was and still is loved so much. All over the planet.



I saw your comment on the previous thread, thank you.

1545 days ago
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denise    

The statements that Debbie isn't the bio mom and that MJ had to adopt his kids, etc are all malicious just intended to stir up trouble. I can't believe there'd be such disrespect, especially today. Keep your rude comments to yourself TMZ.

1545 days ago
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moni    

Butterfly, it's nice to hear from you again, you've been missed! Ich hoffe, es geht dir gut! Did you watch TII on TV yesterday? My kids did, but I couldn't. Just posted it on the other board: Watching all these tributes on TV and listening to the radio specials today is so bittersweet. Beautiful, yes, but painful as well, like permanently scratching a wound which just won't heal.

1545 days ago
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Rebeca    

"Michael Jackson ... 's not the biological father".



DISGUSTING, TMZ!



DISGUSTING

1545 days ago
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Unknown    

Karma Baby!!! It will bite you where it hurts...Shame on you TMZ!!! Harvey and his lowlife interns do not have children and have no idea how bad these comments and allegations are. JUST STOP!! DISGUSTING

1545 days ago
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