Where Are Michael Jackson's Kids Today? Paris Jackson Shares New Family Photo
On Christmas Day, Paris Jackson shared a new family photo, providing a rare sighting of Michael Jackson’s three children together.
In the image, 19-year-old Paris poses in a Metallica hoodie with her brother Prince Michael, 20, to her left, and a family friend, Omer Bhatti, to her direct right, with her youngest brother, Blanket, 15, at the end.
"Happy Christmas from ours to yours #brahdas," the caption on the photo reads
Michael Jackson passed away following an overdose inside his home in June 2009, leaving behind the three children. At the time, Prince Michael was 12, Paris was 11, and Blanket was just 7.
Where are they today?
Prince Michael Jackson, who was born Michael Joseph Jackson Jr., to Michael Jackson and Debbie Rowe.
Since his father's death, he has become a motorcycle enthusiast, often posting riding updates to his social media profiles.
In September 2016, Prince Michael graduated from The Buckley School in Sherman Oaks, Calif., a college preparatory institution.
Months later, he gave a rare interview to the Los Angeles Times and discussed how he grew up, including why his father made the children cover their faces when they were younger.
"My dad spoke to me like an adult. He told us the reason for the masks was he wanted us to have our own life without him," he said. “I don't think I ever thought about if other kids lived like that when I was younger. But once I knew who he was, I realized it wasn't normal.
"I remember being in Disneyland and I went to the window and there were all these fans waving and taking pictures of me. I thought it was normal, so I just waved back... You could say my whole life has been unconventional. I really love that though, and it's all I've ever known."
He is now studying business at Loyola Marymount University, according to reports.
Paris Jackson has been the most outspoken of all of the “Thriller” singer’s kids. The second child of Michael Jackson and Debbie Rowe, Paris has become an actress, model, and activist. She is also active on social media, giving the world a window into her personal life.
She spoke at her father’s funeral at L.A.’s Staples Center in 2009.
“I just wanted to say, ever since I was born, Daddy has been the best father you could ever imagine. And I just wanted to say I love him so much,” she said as her voice cracked with emotion.
It was the first time the world got to see and hear Jackson’s kids on a public platform.
In an interview with Rolling Stone earlier this year, she said she battled depression and drug addiction and tried to kill herself when she was 15 by slashing her wrists and taking 20 Motrin pills.
“It was just self-hatred," she said, "low self-esteem, thinking that I couldn't do anything right, not thinking I was worthy of living anymore."
She says she is now sober and has found happiness in her life thanks to modeling.
“I've had self-esteem issues for a really, really long time," she told Rolling Stone. “Plenty of people think I'm ugly, and plenty of people don't. But there's a moment when I'm modeling where I forget about my self-esteem issues and focus on what the photographer's telling me – and I feel pretty. And in that sense, it's selfish."
Paris graduated high school in 2015 and briefly enrolled in community college but soon after embarked on her professional career.
Blanket (Prince Michael Jackson II)
The most reclusive of all of Jackson’s kids is Blanket, born Prince Michael Jackson II. He now goes by the nickname “Bigi.”
He was brought into the world via a surrogate and the identity of his mother remains unknown.
The youngest of Jackson’s kids was thrust onto the world stage when he was an infant. In 2002, Jackson was in Germany for an award ceremony when he covered the then-9-month-old’s face with a towel and dangled him from the railing of a hotel for the entire world to see.
Jackson issued an apology a day later.
“I offer no excuses for what happened. I got caught up in the excitement of the moment. I would never intentionally endanger the lives of my children,” Jackson said.
As his older brother and sister enjoy the limelight, Jackson’s youngest child has shied away from it, preferring to be surrounded by family and friends and leading a private life in California.
The youngest of Michael Jackson’s children will attend occasional events that honor his father.
Since he is a minor, he is still under guardianship. His grandmother had full guardianship until 2012, when his cousin T.J. Jackson became a co-guardian. In May 2017, T.J. became his full guardian.