Blanket Jackson: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know

On Tuesday, a Christmas photo of Michael Jackson’s three children had the Internet asking questions about his youngest son, Prince Michael “Blanket” Jackson II.

Blanket was just seven when his father died on June 25, 2009. He was subsequently raised by his grandmother. Little is known about Blanket Jackson, who is now 15. Unlike his siblings, Paris and Prince, he is not often photographed in the media, and is not active on social media.

Here’s what we know about Blanket Jackson.


1. He Is Michael Jackson’s Youngest Son

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Michael Jackson’s children, Prince Jackson (L), Blanket Jackson (C) and Paris Jackson (R) speak on stage during the ‘Michael Forever’ concert in memory of the late Michael Jackson at The Millenium Stadium in Cardiff, Wales on October 8, 2011.

Blanket is Michael Jackson’s youngest son.

Debbie Rowe is the mother of Blanket’s siblings, Paris Michael Katherine and Michael Joseph “Prince” Jackson.

Rowe was married to Jackson from 1982 to 1988. She met him while working as a nurse at a dermatology office, where Jackson was undergoing treatment for a skin disorder. The couple cited irreconcilable differences in their divorce papers, according to BBC. Jackson was given full custody of the children.

Before Rowe, Jackson was married to Lisa Marie Presley, Elvis Presley’s daughter.

Jackson’s daughter, Paris, is 19. Paris was enrolled in a private school in Sherman Oaks, California, before leaving school in 2013. She has since forayed into acting and modeling. Next year, she is set to make her feature film debut in Gringo alongside Charlize Theron, Joel Edgerton, Amanda Seyfried, and Thandie Newton. Last year, she played a recurring role in the FOX series, Star, as Rachel.

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A tearful Blanket Jackson, son of michael Jackson sheds a tear as he appears on stage during the ‘Michael Forever’ concert in memory of the late Michael Jackson at The Millenium Stadium in Cardiff, Wales on October 8, 2011.


2. The Identity of His Biological Mother Is Unknown

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Prince Michael Jackson II, Paris Jackson and Prince Jackson attend the St. Paul Saints Vs. The Gary SouthShore RailCats baseball game at U.S. Steel Yard on August 30, 2012.

It is unclear who Blanket’s biological mother is. According to TMZ, he was born in 2002 with the help of a surrogate.

Fortunately, the three Jackson siblings share a close bond. In an interview on the Today show in October, Prince, Michael Jackson’s oldest son, said, “Me and my siblings get along really well — especially my sister… She’s grown so much and she’s been able to really step up. I don’t really see myself as her older brother. We’re equal partners when it comes down to it. B.G. is just so mature for his age. It’s a pretty strong bond.”

Together, the three Jackson children contribute to charities like the annual Costume for a Cause event. Speaking on the morning show, Prince said, “My dad always taught me to lead by example, so I hope I can set a good example that you can have fun by helping other people and you can make a change just by doing that…I think he would definitely be proud of the type of work that we’re doing and giving back to the community.”


3. His Grandmother Raised Him and His Siblings

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Michael Jackson’s mother Katherine Jackson (C) and two sons, Blanket, 9, (L) and Prince, 14, (R) attend a ceremony honoring Michael Jackson at Childrens Hospital in Los Angeles, California August 8, 2011.

Blanket and his siblings were raised by their grandmother, Katherine Jackson. In 2012, Blanket’s cousin, TJ Jackson, then 34, was appointed co-guardian of Blanket, according to E! Online. The change was made after Katherine reportedly fell out of touch with her grandchildren for ten days.

An October article in TMZ reports that Katherine is now retiring from her role as Blanket’s guardian.

The article reads, “According to docs filed by Katherine … there’s no longer any need for her to be the 15-year-old’s guardian… Both Paris and Prince are adults now, but Katherine says because Blanket has reached his adolescence … TJ can handle guardianship on his own. She also points to her own age, 87, as a reason she’s stepping down.”

In a statement to E!, Katherine Jackson’s attorney, Ryan G Baker, said, “Given her own age and the fact that the Minor Child is now 15 years old, Katherine feels that T.J. is able to assume all necessary responsibilities of the guardianship for the Minor Child.”

It is unclear at this time if Jackson is still Blanket’s legal guardian, or if a judge has approved the request.


4. He Reportedly Changed His Name to Bigi Jackson in 2015

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Getty(L-R) Prince Michael “Blanket” Jackson, Paris Jackson and Prince Jackson arrive at the Michael Jackson The Immortal World Tour in Los Angeles, California, on January 27, 2012.

In 2015, several outlets reported that Blanket had changed his name to Bigi Jackson.

At the time, a family friend told People, “The kids live like Michael is constantly looking down upon them…” The friend told People that Blanket “has had the most problems adjusting after Michael died. He acted very lost and extremely upset.”

Blanket’s desire to change his name was touched upon in the 2017 Lifetime biopic, Searching for Neverland, which was written by two of Jackson’s former bodyguards.


5. He Was Dangled over a Balcony by His Father When He Was 9-Months-Old

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Many may recall the incident in 2002 when Michael Jackson dangled Blanket, who was 9-months-old at the time, over the edge of a hotel balcony in Berlin. Ironically, Jackson was in town to accept a lifetime Bambi entertainment award.

The incident had fans questioning the late singer’s judgment as a father. In response to fans’ condemning his actions, Jackson issued a statement that said he’d made a terrible mistake. “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.”

An MTV article written at the time interviewed Prevent Child Abuse America’s Kevin Kirkpatrick, who said, “Considering Mr. Jackson started a charity to protect children, this was alarmingly irresponsible behavior with a child,” Prevent Child Abuse America’s Kevin Kirkpatrick told wire services. “Holding a child like that with what appeared to be one arm while leaning over a fourth-floor balcony window is pretty careless to say the least.”

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JOHN MAYOR

The FIRST consideration for the The MJ Crew band (or whatever!) as denoted below, is learning “where” the children are mus(icly)! And that includes, of course, their respective ability to sing– at least!– and/ or, their ability to play an instrument, and to comprehend the “language of music”!… i.e., “music script”! But!… coupled with the techn(ic) aspects of singing and playing an instrument (or more), is the respective motivation for each of the band members!… and that involves an appreciation of the very music scores these children enjoy THE MOST (and in contrast to merely the acknowledgement of the groups these children like, and/ or the lead singers of whatever groups these children like!)! In other words, someone, has to begin studying the music skills and music interests of these children, if CARING SOULS are to learn how to leverage these latent skills and interests into a WORKABLE MUSIC FORCE! Simply put!… WISE PARENTS must learn about the needs of their children, and not merely about if their children are in compliance with their “PARENTAL DICTUMS”!
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Please!… no emails!… Jesus is Lord!

JOHN MAYOR

P.S.: On a parting footnote!… I note with interest, the quite distinctive “furrowed and pensive brow” displayed by Missy in the first pic above!
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Given the apparent consternation with the person behind the camera, I can’t help but wonder whether this person had inadvertently “let one go”, unintentionally “exposed something” in a hurry to take the shot, or Donald Trump had suddenly taken over the camera for the shoot! Whatever happened, combined with the “highlighted electrostat(icly) frizzed hairdo” from the bulb above Paris, and the unabashed choice for a “Christmas T-shirt”, her look is ABSOLUTELY PRICELESS!… and, for a Christmasy photo, it comes off as delightfully humerous! Maybe!… and in addition to her pursuit of a music career!… there’s a role for Paris, in stand-up– or, sit-down!– comedy!
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Please!… no emails!… Jesus is Lord!

JOHN MAYOR

My main concern for all of these children… and above and beyond their individual and collective psychological well-being (given that there have been so many caregivers interceding on their behalf when Michael died)… is the continuation of the MUSIC HERITAGE begun by Michael’s parents, Michael, and Michael’s siblings!
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Music was the center of Michael’s life… and it’s been a BLESSING to millions of souls worldwide!… and so, any fan interested in the life and times of Michael Jackson, should be interested in the continuation of MJ’s musical spirit, within the lives of his children!
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Therefore, I would like to see EVERY MUSIC ARTIST associated with Michael’s family, arrange to meet with the children, for a “MUSICAL RETREAT”!… and ask the children, if they would like to pursue a music career! And if the answer is YES, then this powerhouse of a music family can begin the process of crafting a music gameplan for Michael’s children!… and, whomever else, the children would like to work with! In other words, MJ’s children, should now form a band!… and continue as a music family (i.e., in addition, to their other “pet interests”!)! And, one suggested band name is, THE MJ CREW!… but, I’m sure the children can come up with a good band name on their own! Tick-tock guys!… these children aren’t getting any younger!
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Please!… no emails!… Jesus is Lord!

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