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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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46.

Missy    

Rob,get you missed it where he was found not guilty on all counts! he was not a molester

1498 days ago
47.

pattiespups    

MAY OUR LORD BLESS THEM AND KEEP THEM SAFE, HAPPY, HEALTHY, AND ALWAYS WITH THE LORD. we love you guys and are with you in spirit.

1498 days ago
48.

christi    

U guys are retarded. Children born during a marriage dont have to be adopted by anybody. Yall are so blind! Can u not see these are Michael and Debbies kids, with the exception of Blanket? Prince is a mix of both, Paris looks exactly like her mother and Blanket looks like MJ



Get a life@!

1498 days ago
49.

lilunta    

tmz if you know the kids are names Mike jr, Paris, and Prince, wh dont you ID them as that? WHy do you call them Prince, Paris & Blanket when that isnt their names?



Also, how do you know that biologically the kdisa rent Michael's? Why wouldnt he want his kids to have his dna?

1498 days ago
50.

Lisa g    

All three of his kids are so beautiful, they all look alike.

1498 days ago
51.

me    

9awake up folks , those kids ARE NOT HIS!!!!! he was BLACK remember . i do , i am 50 and i can honestly tell you i watched his descent into his ridiculous life.
he was a pedophile ,a drug addict , a homosexual who fancied young boys, an absolute total freak!!!!
he had those children to try and show the world he was normal. NOT!!!!
he hated his father so much he wanted to change his appearance in order to distance himself from him. that included changing his skin color. i have known people with that disease and guess what , it doesn't turn you white . idiots!!!! how do you think that child was able to ACCURATELY describe his penis???? luck , i think not!!!!
he couldn't even function without someone taking care of him , the guy was a loser who could sing and dance. BIG DEAL , i for one am glad there is one less child molester wasting the oxygen the rest of us need!!!!
REALITY FOLKS DEAL WITH IT!!!!! BOO HOO DRUG ADDICT OD'D.
oh and by the way , what normal person needs a dr. to administer pre anesthetic drugs to them so they can sleep. how many people do you know live like that???
loser loser loser loser loser loser loser loser loser loser loser

1498 days ago
52.

Lisa g    

Aren't you grumpy, Ryan.

1498 days ago
53.

shane     

how can you say their not his kids. you just sent out rumor and displaying as a fact. paris looks like debbie and blanket looks like michael.

1498 days ago
54.

D'Jai    

We should all pray that Michael's children will get some friends and not like the ones who befriend their dad....The world does not need to have anymore phony people using other people for personal gain; especially financial gain......We all need to have someone to trust.....And, hopefully his children will get that, soon.....Rest in peace, Michael....You will NEVER be forgotten!!!....I will continue to pray for your children and hope that they will be happy and healthy for the rest of their lives. I know that you are watching over them from Heaven!

1498 days ago
55.

D'Jai    

I pray that Michael's children will have a happy childhood, even though their dad is no longer with us.....They do NOT deserve all of the negativity about their dad from ignorant people......We need more love and support in the world; for everyone....Rest in peace Michael....Your children were blessed to have had you in their lives for the short time they did....You will NEVER be forgotten, especially by the millions of people who loved you unconditionally. Thank you for showing some of us how to love and be kind to one another. I am just sorry a lot of people, especially the media, did not return the favor.....I see you one day in Heaven!

1498 days ago
56.

D'Jai    

Whether or not the children were Michael's biologically or not is not important....The children were his in every way that matters...We all should be so lucky to be loved unconditionally. I do not feel that the Michael, his children or anyone else has the right to divulge any personal information to the world.....It is none of our business.....Celebrity is one thing; but this is disgusting....There are so many important issues in the world that need to be address and this is certainly NOT one of them....Rest in peace Michael Jackson....I believe you and in you! There are millions of people in the world who love you and will remember you forever!

1498 days ago
57.

AplMacLady    

TMZ, you're making false claims and spouting them as facts.



Black ppl come in all colors and many of us do not look Black. There is a chance that these children are MJ's and I believe him, not you.



You better watch it, otherwise you'll be slapped with a slander and libel suit.

1498 days ago
58.

Missy    

by me,you really need to stop believing all the tabloid trash you see! He was not a drug addict(the autopsy confirmed that),they are his biological children,he was not a molester,that kid did NOT describe his genitals correctly!MJ had vitiligo which turned his skin white(that was not his choice,also his was confirmed before he died that his son Prince also has vititligo)MJ suffered from severe insomina,which if you have never suffered from even a mild case you have no idea how bad it can be.Stop believing tabloid trash and start getting your facts!

1498 days ago
59.

janicebyrne    

Sperm has nothing to do with it...they were ALL Michael's children. He loved them and raised them and he was their father. They loved him and he was very proud to be their dad.

1498 days ago
60.

zenith    

Just leave the kids alone and to have them live a normal life... MJ is dead (may he rest in peace). His kids also deserve good things, in fact MJ was fantastic, a great entertainer. He was just a victim of bad thoughts... His children needs peace so they can start a new life.... I really feel sorry for these kinds....thanks to Katherine who is trying her very best to take good care of them....

1498 days ago
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