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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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I noticed some time ago that Prince appears to have Vitiligo, especially on his right hand and wrist. As Vitiligo is hereditary it would therefore appear that Michael IS his biological father after all. I have Vitiligo and it's on my father's side of the family. Whether or not Michael's sperm was used is totally irrelevant...nothing alters the FACT that Michael was their much loved, and greatly missed, Dad.

1546 days ago

a total fan    


1546 days ago

a total fan    

Someone please help me post the following video. For some reason the link is not showing up:

Just check out You Tube,a video posted by Luverz123456789:

Michael Jackson IS The biological FATHER Of HIS KIDS

1546 days ago


Thats so sad, you don't have to be the bio dad to be a dad. I feel bad for these children. They should be prayed for not put down for the father they loved.

1546 days ago


Jackie.M,I agree with you on that,but the issue is that people keep trying to say MJ is a liar,that those children are not his,when they are his biological children.MJ said he had vitiligo and the media didn't believe him and his autopsy proved he was telling the truth,he wouldn't lie about his own flesh and blood

1546 days ago


**** you TMZ! media like blood in your hands! **** U...i hope u all die ......

1545 days ago


How can you say that those are not MJ's biological kids?
They are His biological kids, he said so himself and i believe him
And the Mother of Prince and Paris IS Debbie Rowe, you could obviously see when she was pregnant!

That is dispicable tmz!!!!!!

1545 days ago


Prince has vitiligo, how do u think he got it? Its hereditary - ie its in his genetics from his father - MICHAEL. u idiots - ther are lots of pics including this one from their recent trip to Hawaii.
For the ignorant person who said this -
[quote -'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'' quote]

Erm -

1. Michael had vitiligo - he was being treated for it when he met debbie rowe who was his dermatology nurse. Klein is his dermatology doctor - he had to say this in court under oath during the accusations, and it is stated in MICHAEL's AUTOPSY REPORT. Vitiligo DOES TURN YOU WHITE. It creates pigmentless white patches on the skin, and depending on the extent of it (how much white patches there is) it can be treated using skin whitening creams to lighten up the dark areas to even out the tone and covering with make up - as Michael did. He covered it with brown make up then as it got worse he used skin whitening creams and covered remaining brown skin patches (which he had right up until he died ) with white make up. If you search DAILY MAIL site you will find an example of a black girl who is completely white now due to vitiligo.

2. The boy did NOT accurately describe MJs genitals. Have you seen the do***ent of the description??? There is a drawing which looks like a little hut, then there are notes written around the edge written by an adult saying 'patchy skin' 'cir***cised'. That is all. HELLO he was NOT cir***cised - as stated by the police after they photographed MJ naked and it is also stated on his autopsy report.

1545 days ago


OH by the way to one of the posters here - nobody is spreading false info. Prince has vitiligo LaToya confirmed it on German TV that Prince has vitiligo as did Jackson family friends. Not that anyone needs to confirm it, you can see the chalk white patches on his skin... as he grows older you'll see it more. Then he will confirm it himself.. though guess people won't believe him either, just like they didn't beleive his daddy.

1545 days ago


I knew you where horrible people, but this starts looking as if you have mental problems.
I can easly imagine you hidden in some creepy dark corner repeating "Michael Jackson kids, michael jackson kids, they are not his they are not his".
Since when you adopt the children who has you as father on the birth certificate??? And Paris and Prince are not Debbie's? But if they are totally IDENTICAL to her????

I really don't understand you people. You can't seriously believe what you write.

1545 days ago


Please no more Jackson reporting! Don't care!

1545 days ago


kim,if you don't care then skip right past the threads!

TMZ how can you keep claiming they are not MJs biological children? They look just like MJ and other members of the Jackson family,they also favor Debbie! Prince also has vitiligo which is a genetic skin disease!

1542 days ago

Melanie Hoyle    

Quote: "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."

TMZ where the hell did you dreg that bs up from?!!

1538 days ago


why don't you nuts just leave the children be they been hurt all ready when they lost there dear dad just let them try to have some kind of life with the jacksons.and they will be in school soon and as they grow up no thanks to there dear dad they won't ever be with out money they be able to make it cuz there dad made sure about he was a good dad he thought about that anyways more then i could say about some fathers when they don't care about there kids.

1536 days ago


TMZ you guys really need to get your facts! MJ is the biological dad of those children,and Debbie is the biological mother of Prince and Paris! I really hope someone slaps a huge lawsuit on you guys on behalf of the children for slander!

1535 days ago
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