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.
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.
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 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."
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.