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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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16.

Siggisis    

Beautiful, yes, but painful as well, like permanently scratching a wound which just won't heal.



Posted at 11:35 AM on Jun 25, 2010 by moni




They are showing TII on TV here tonight. I am going to record it and bring it with me on vacation tommorrow (in our summer house). I will see if I am ready to watch it. I don´t think I am.



1488 days ago
17.

LTBK    

Regardless if they are his or not I think they are beautiful children. Loved his music, not much of a fan of MJ. These kids seem extremely intelligent, especially Paris. They also seem to try to protect one another. I always see them with a protective hand on each other. Especially the older ones on Blanket. Speaking of which I hope by the time this child is 10 people STOP calling him that. Makes me laugh but won't be so funny to him. My biggest hope for them is they will not be infected with whatever this loathsome family has. Greedy filthy human beings. Joe being at the top of that filth pile. I hope they stay true to who they are and get out of that family as soon as they can. And always stay close to one another. That's all they will need. They will have financial stability and have each other. And if they stay the loving, unpretentious people they are now they should encounter many REAL and good people throughout their lives.

1488 days ago
18.

weloveyoumj    

I'm relieved debbie rowe isn't their bio mom. eeekkksss...

1488 days ago
19.

Raychil    

TMZ is disgusting to children! These are his kids. Blanket looks just like him and Prince has vitiligo just like he did. The Estate needs to sue on the kids' behalf for this slander. How could someone be so cruel to children? Debbie Rowe should sue as well since TMZ says the kids aren't hers when Paris is her spitting image.

1488 days ago
20.

Agi    

IMO Michael Jackson is the biological father of his children. You can see in the pictures taken in Hawaii that Prince has vitiligo too that would be a huge coincident if he wasn't.

1488 days ago
21.

Siggisis    

Oh, God, they have this terrible dude Ian Halperin on TV now! Go away!:-(

1488 days ago
22.

SantaFeJack    

Although I agree that it is tasteless of TMZ to discuss the parentage of the children on this particular day, it was an open secret from the time the two oldest children appeared in public that Michael was not their biological father. Those children were very obviously not a mix of an African-American and a Caucasian. The hair texture, the skin color, the facial features...definitely not the result of a Black/White combo.

1488 days ago
23.

Butterfly    

The same here can`t go through This is it ,can watch Moonwalker but can`t watch TII !



Ja alles gut hier, hoffe bei euch auch Siggisis versteht uns ja auch!
Habe nächste Woche meine ersten beiden Prüfungen!
Muß eigentlich üben aber kann mich heute nicht konzentrieren...

1488 days ago
24.

Butterfly    

I hope they stay true to who they are and get out of that family as soon as they can. And always stay close to one another. That's all they will need. They will have financial stability and have each other. And if they stay the loving, unpretentious people they are now they should encounter many REAL and good people throughout their lives.



Posted at 11:47 AM on Jun 25, 2010 by LTBK



Hope so too
but i think(hope) the Grandma make what she can .

1488 days ago
25.

Siggisis    

Ja alles gut hier, hoffe bei euch auch Siggisis versteht uns ja auch!
Habe nächste Woche meine ersten beiden Prüfungen!
Muß eigentlich üben aber kann mich heute nicht konzentrieren...



Posted at 11:53 AM on Jun 25, 2010 by Butterfly



Viel Glück, Buttefly!

1488 days ago
26.

J    

I totally agree with most of the comments on here! That is rude and disrespectful what you said tmz! If any of you morons at tmz did any kind of real research you would know that MJ is their biological dad and Debbie is their biological mother! I hope tmz gets sued for slander!

1488 days ago
27.

moni    

Siggisis, you should screw up your courage (it's really necessary to say so...) and watch TII. I was kind of softly forced by a friend – she's a lifelong Michael-fan, too – to join her to the cinema, and although I've been really afraid I finally enjoyed the movie very much. To me it was heartwarming, making me and the audience veer between smiling and crying. In the end I was glad and somehow consoled having seen it. It's part of Michael's life, you know. But, as it was the last and final part, I don't want to watch it a second time. One last goodbye ist just enough.
However, I think an evening in your summer house could be a good opportunity for TII. Do you have Internet there? I'd like to hear how you felt about it.

1488 days ago
28.

Butterfly    

Thanks siggisis

1488 days ago
29.

SantaFeJack    

Incidentally, biology aside, what really matters is that these children appear to have been raised in a loving environment. God knows they will need the strength of character that gives to weather the storms that lie ahead for them.

1488 days ago
30.

moni    

Hallo Butterfly,
welche Prüfungen musst du denn schreiben (sorry für meine Neugier)?
Das hab ich gar nicht mitgekriegt!
Liebe Zeit, ich weiß gar nicht, wann ich das letzte Mal so etwas durchstehen musste. Ich sitze zwar die ganze Zeit mit meinen lernfaulen Kindern über irgendwelchen gruseligen Physik- oder Matheaufgaben, aber letztlich müssen die sich dann der schrecklichen Prüfungs-Wahrheit stellen.
Ich drück dir aber sämtliche Daumen! Du schaffst das! Und danach hast du hoffentlich wieder ein bisschen mehr Zeit für hier. Du hast nämlich wirklich gefehlt!

1488 days ago
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