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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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29. 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.

Posted at 12:06 PM on Jun 25, 2010 by moni

Moni, thank you. Perhaps I will. Probably. I am sure my husband will be a "sport" and feel GREAT about me crying for Michael!!! Hmmm

We don´t have internet in the summer house - and no mobile internet. So I will tell you what I think when I get home.

1580 days ago


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

Posted at 11:49 AM on Jun 25, 2010 by Siggisis

LOL! Sometimes the remote control is a blessing, isn't it?

1580 days ago


Stop lying TMZ. Michael is their father and Debbie is their mother.

If you can't see that by looking at Blanket you're blind. It's harder with Prince but he looks like his grandad Samuel AND he has vitiligo - there are chalk white pigmentless patches on his skin... just like MJ had (yes he did, it said on the coroner report. he used whitening creams and make up to even out the vitiligo). Paris looks like Debbie, if you can't see that ur blind and Katherine Jackson.

And by the way - you said they used MJ sperm for Blanket and then in the next page u said he wasn't the father of any of them. TMZ I see through your BULL****.

1580 days ago


Sehr lieb von dir moni,
möchte hier aber nicht über meinen zukünftigen Beruf sprechen , heute ist es ja überwiegend friedlich aber ab morgen sind wir dann wieder in der Warzone.

Hoffe du verstehst das!

1580 days ago


We don´t have internet in the summer house - and no mobile internet. So I will tell you what I think when I get home.

Posted at 12:14 PM on Jun 25, 2010 by Siggisis

No Internet, no TMZ! I had to face that during out skiing holidays. In the beginning it was a little bit like withdrawal, lol, but finally it felt quite good. I hope you have a wonderful holiday. Scandinavia in summertime is sooo beautiful!

1580 days ago


aber natürlich verstehe ich das, meine Frage ist wirklich gedankenlos gewesen, entschuldige bitte. Ich habe es ja selbst auch immer tunlichst vermieden, über meinen Beruf and allzu Persönliches zu sprechen. Wie sagte bzw. sang schon Michael: „Something's evil lurking from the dark", und das gilt ganz besonders für hier.
Trotzdem alles, alles Gute und viel Erfolg für dich!

1580 days ago


Wish you a great holiday too Siggisis,

For all a peaceful Day/Night

Remember his smile


1580 days ago


danke moni

it`s all so unreal,

1580 days ago


Good Nite, Butterfly, sweet dreams!

1580 days ago


Good night, and thanks both for the "good holiday wishes".
Take care.

1580 days ago

Are You Serious    

I don't buy Debbie is not the kids mother. I believe Michael was afraid of passing bad genes down to kids and they are not his. NO Jackson member has ever made a formal statement that Prince has Vitilago or anything so you all stop spreading false information about the kid.
And PS, if you hate TMZ so much why don't you stop supporting the site by hanging on here griping everyday ?

1580 days ago


I'm watching the Jackson 5 on TV now.
His children look NOTHING like him,but MJ's lunatic fans of course see what they want to.......
The total ignorance of people astounds me....
Its not the color of there skin or Paris's eyes that give it away.
Its the texture of the hair and even more so the jaw lines.
Some of the other Jackson family members have mixed race children and GUESS what,the children look mixed race......SHOCK,because they are biologically Jacksons....
Ohhhhhhhhh,i know i must be because that tiny drop(about 5%) of white blood that the Jacksons LOVE to say they have,has shown up in Michael's special white sperm......SILLY ME!!!!

1580 days ago


ryan,same crap from you every MJ board! Those are MJs biological chidlren! Get over that fact!
@Are You Serious,it was confirmed before MJ died that Prince does indeed have vitiligo,which is a genetic disease!

1580 days ago


That's it - I will never bother with TMZ again. Gossip is fun...catching celebrities doing bad things can be interesting...using someone's children to further lies/slander/heresay on the anniversary of a parent's death is dispicable! Leave the kids alone and let them try to have some semblance of normal life! Out a here for good!!!

1580 days ago


I wonder if the molester scared them for life and if they will continue the pattern of playing with little boys...

1580 days ago
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