Being the child of a famous celebrity can certainly be problematic. But when your dad is legendary pop icon Michael Jackson the difficulties are even more profound. His three children have had an emotional rollercoaster ride through life – some of it good, but much of it bad. The trio has had to endure the ridicule that their dad suffered at the hands of the media, deal with his sudden death in 2009, and learn how to move forward in their own lives. However, while only daughter Paris has embraced pop star royalty, youngest son Blanket shies away from the camera lens. Despite this, his sister recently uploaded a rare photo of the seldom-seen teen. And you won’t believe how different Blanket looks since the last time you saw him…
It goes without saying just what an influential and iconic figure Michael Jackson became in his five decades on the planet. His fame lives on and he is still massive in the world of music, and pop culture in general. The self-styled King of Pop had the whole package – the looks, the charisma, the talent, and the showmanship.
A 1970s child singing sensation with his brothers in The Jackson 5, Michael catapulted his way to super-stardom in the ’80s. Era-defining classics such as “Billy Jean,” “Bad,” “Thriller,” and a whole host of other pop-tastic delights were to follow. However, for better or for worse, his musical career took a backseat in the years leading up to his sad passing in 2009, with his controversial personal life becoming the main focus.
Much of the media coverage and speculation concerned the star’s family life, in particular his three children – Michael Jackson Jr., Paris Jackson, and Prince Michael Jackson II. The latter of whom hit the headlines – and almost the sidewalk – when his father dangled him from a Berlin hotel balcony in 2002.
All three children dealt with their father’s fame in different ways. But it was middle child Paris who seemingly had the most troubled upbringing. Despite leading a private life while her father was alive, the only daughter of the pop phenomenon struggled greatly with cyberbullies once she became more prominent in the public eye.
In 2012, Paris appeared on Oprah Winfrey’s Next Chapter TV show, in which Jackson’s daughter revealed her troubles with internet trolls. Sadly, in 2013, press reports alleged that the troubled teen may have made a possible attempt on her own life. The claim in People magazine stated that Paris had “cut her wrists with a kitchen knife and took as many as 20 ibuprofen tablets.”
Thankfully, however, following treatment after the incident, Paris now appears to be leading a much more happy and fruitful life. The rising star is extremely popular on social media sites such as Instagram and Twitter, reaching several million people with her posts. On top of this, the 19-year-old is a promising young actress and activist.
Meanwhile, the youngest of the three siblings, Prince Michael Jackson II – commonly referred to as Blanket – has gone in the opposite direction. The 15-year-old appears to shun social media altogether in favor of a much more guarded and private existence. The differences in approach to life between the two siblings are certainly clear to see.
Blanket seems to lead the more normal life of an average teenager, attending school, and partaking in various hobbies and activities. One of his passions is said to be martial arts, to which he devotes a lot of his time. In 2015, perhaps in a bid to distance himself from his lineage, it was even alleged that the teen had changed his nickname from Blanket to Bigi.
Contrary to her younger brother, Paris far from running away from her legacy as the offspring of a showbiz legend. As well as being a popular internet figure, she also makes various high-profile media appearances and gives interviews to popular publications such as Rolling Stone and Teen Vogue. Paris even made an appearance at 2017’s MTV Video Music Awards, talking about her father’s impact on the music industry.
The young woman seems ready to take her celebrity status another step further in 2018. Paris is set to star in her first full-length feature film, the action comedy Gringo. Her big screen debut will follow a successful start to her acting career on the small screen. She popped up in the Fox TV musical drama Star in 2017. It would seem that Paris is not in the least afraid of the camera lens.
However, Paris and Blanket’s very different public personas converged in a recent photograph. And followers of the Jackson family saga were delighted when the shot of the two siblings together surfaced online. Marking a very rare piece of Blanket coverage, the photo was posted by Paris to her Instagram account in May 2017.
The pic appeared to have been taken in the aftermath of a meal the brother and sister had evidently shared with some friends. But no sooner had the shot been uploaded to Instagram, than it was promptly deleted. The reason for the family portrait being taken down? It most likely had everything to do with Blanket’s wish to live a private life well away from the spotlight.
The picture was taken a few months after the youngest Jackson’s 15th birthday. And the boy has definitely grown up a lot since we last got a glimpse of him. In an Instagram post made in February 2017, Paris was quite the proud big sis. She said, “Ughhhhhh my little man is 15 today,” before adding, “Slow the f*** down, I want you to stay a baby forever.”
Paris continued, “This lil dude right here is one of the most strong, intelligent, and determined people I know.” She finished her gushing admiration of the birthday boy with one final statement. She wrote, “Watching you grow up and slowly become a man is like super terrifying, but I honestly can’t tell you how proud I am. I love you so much B.”
The heartfelt message was posted along with a humorous photo of the pair when they were small children. The older photo certainly stands in stark contrast to the most recent picture of them together. Of course, Paris and Blanket are growing up without their father, but the duo’s bond may have only become stronger because of this.
What is perhaps most admirable about Paris is that, although she is aged under 20, she displays a real maturity. Particularly in her role as the daughter of a musical icon. She spoke to Teen Vogue in June 2017 about her sense of responsibilty. She said, “After a long time of thinking, I started to really see the kind of impact I already have on people. How I was born with a platform, and I didn’t want to waste it.”
Even though they lead very different lives, Paris and Blanket are very emotionally close with one other. In April 2017, the celebrity news website TMZ reported that Paris was concerned at how her little brother was being raised. Specifically, she was worried by the fact that the youngest member of the family was living on his own on the Jackson estate.
Blanket was assigned two guardians after his father’s death. The boy’s first cousin Tito Joe, and his paternal grandmother, Katherine, assumed responsibility for the then seven-year-old. However, Katherine had to leave the household in Calabasas, California, recently to receive medical treatment in London. So consequently, since Tito Joe shared supervision duties with his wife, Frances, it meant that Blanket was without those assigned to his welfare for a period of time.
Paris’ concern for Blanket’s wellbeing was just another example of the love that his big sister has for him. She clearly takes the duties of a caring older sibling seriously. Nevertheless, Blanket is said to be surpassing all expectations at his exclusive L.A. school. Reportedly, he is achieving top grades in his class and is very popular with his peers.
The truth is that these two – and their elder brother – have had a tough time in the public eye. Whether enduring cyberbullies, or coming to terms with the death of their father, their resolve and determination is quite inspirational. And even though they both lead very different lives, Paris and Blanket share a sibling bond that seems unbreakable. And there are few things more heart-warming than that.