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What Happened To Michael Jackson's Kids?

Michael Jackson may have been a polarizing figure, but his immense talent was indisputable. Love him or hate him, Jackson created an air of mystery around everything he did, and he — as well as his children, Blanket, Prince, and Paris Jackson — continue to fascinate the public even years after MJ's death.

But what happened to Michael Jackson's kids? It's no secret that Michael preferred to keep them as far from the spotlight as possible, even putting them in masks when he would take them out in public. His kids would be forgiven if they chose to lead elusive, reclusive lives, but instead, they've opened themselves up in ways their father never did. As a result, the world gets an occasional glimpse of Michael Jackson's family, and you might be pleasantly surprised at how… well, well-adjusted they appear to be today, despite all they've been through and the unique lives they've led.

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  • Michael Had Two Children Through Artificial Insemination

    Michael Had Two Children Through Artificial Insemination
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    Michael's oldest two children are Michael Joseph "Prince" Jackson, Jr., and Paris-Michael Katherine Jackson. They were born in 1997 and 1998, respectively, through artificial insemination. Their mother is Michael's second wife, nurse Debbie Rowe, whom the pop icon married in 1996 and divorced in 1999. Michael was awarded full custody after he and Debbie split. Prince and Paris grew up primarily with their father at his Neverland Ranch.

  • Michael's Youngest Child Had An Anonymous Surrogate

    Prince Michael "Blanket" Jackson was born via an unidentified surrogate in 2002. As the youngest of Michael's children, Blanket continues to be the most mysterious, largely shunning the limelight and seemingly preferring a quieter life. And what about that unusual nickname — Blanket? "It's an expression I use with my family and my employees," Michael Jackson once explained in an interview. "I say, 'you should blanket me, you should blanket her with something' — meaning, like, a blanket is a blessing. It's a way of us showing our love and caring."

  • Prince Went To College And Started A Production Company

     

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    Prince attended Loyola Marymount College in Los Angeles and launched his own production company. The company, appropriately called King's Son Productions, concentrates mainly on music videos, though Prince hopes to eventually transition to film production. "I enjoy bringing creative people together, and helping them make something," he said. He has worked with the Sco Triplets and Nano. "Michael 'Prince' Jackson aims to enable creative people across art forms to realize their dreams," his official company bio reads. "He focuses on linking like-minded individuals in an effort to foster the creation of timeless art across the spectrum."

  • Paris Battled Depression And Addiction

    Of all MJ's children, Paris Jackson has led the most public life. She has shared her story of addiction and her struggles with depression, which have included suicide attempts. "I was doing a lot of things that 13-, 14-, 15-year-olds shouldn't do. I tried to grow up too fast, and I wasn't really that nice of a person," she told Rolling Stone. Paris eventually got help and is now sober and recovering. She briefly attended community college before embarking on a career as a model and actress.

  • Prince Founded A Charity To Help Kids

     

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    Prince Jackson has carried on his father's philanthropic legacy. He started the nonprofit Heal Los Angeles, an organization dedicated to working with kids who have aged out of the foster care system. The charity is also focused on continuing the works of Michael's Heal the World Foundation. "I think he would definitely be proud of the type of work that we're doing," Prince told Today. "I think it's just the way my dad raised me and my siblings. It's just like something that's bred into us to really give back to the community."

  • Blanket Goes By The Name Bigi

    After reportedly enduring years of bullying, Blanket decided to go by a different name. "He always thought that the name Blanket sounded so stupid and resented his father for calling him that," a source close to the family told Radar Online. "Growing up, his school mates have always been slightly mean to him because of their jealousy over who he is and going by Blanket made him a much easier target for ridicule." But in true Jackson fashion, Blanket didn't pick a name like Phil or Carl. He changed his name to Bigi, surely an improvement over Blanket but still an odd choice.