Prince Michael Jackson II

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Blanket Jackson
Born (2002-02-21) February 21, 2002 (age 12)
San Diego, California, U.S.
Years active 2003–present
Parents Michael Jackson (deceased)
Relatives Michael Joseph Jackson Jr. (half-brother)
Paris-Michael Katherine Jackson (half-sister)

Prince Michael "Blanket" Jackson II (born February 21, 2002) is an American television personality. He is the youngest child of American pop musician Michael Jackson.

Early life[edit]

From left to right Paris, Prince, Blanket.

In 2002, Prince Michael Jackson II (nicknamed "Blanket"), Michael Jackson's third child, was born, when Michael was 43,[1] and the same year his father won his 22nd American Music Award for Artist of the Century.[2] The mother's identity is unknown, but Jackson has said the child was the result of artificial insemination from a surrogate mother and his own sperm. He grew up at Neverland Ranch with his half-siblings. Following his father's death in 2009, his grandmother Katherine was made the permanent guardian of him and his siblings Prince and Paris.[3] In 2012, Katherine Jackson split custody of Jackson II and his half-siblings with his older cousin T.J. Jackson, son of Tito Jackson and a member of the group 3T.[4]

Jackson made his first television appearance as a baby in the documentary Living with Michael Jackson in 2003. In the documentary, his father explained the meaning behind his nickname Blanket, meaning to cover or "blanket" someone with love.[5] Jackson also became the center of controversy as an infant when his father Michael dangled him from a balcony at Hotel Adlon in Berlin, Germany while trying to show him off to a crowd of fans waiting outside the hotel to see his father. His father later regretted his mistake; however, the balcony incident has been hugely parodied and ridiculed by media and various celebrities.

In his early childhood, Jackson and his half-siblings wore various masks and veils in their father's attempt to keep their identities hidden from media, paparazzi, and fans.[6]

In 2013, a documentary featuring Jackson called Remembering Michael was made available to watch on Fundanything.com for a $10 fee.[7]

Filmography[edit]

Film
Year Title Role Notes
2003 Living with Michael Jackson Himself TV special documentary
2009 Michael Jackson Memorial Service Himself A live telecast of the public memorial service for the king of pop, Michael Jackson.
2010 The 52nd Annual Grammy Awards Himself TV special
2010 Oprah Winfrey Show Himself All New! A World Exclusive: Oprah Talks to Michael Jackson's Mother, Katherine, and Visits with His Children
2011 The X Factor Himself Live Performance Show #6

References[edit]

  1. ^ Hyde, Marina (March 14, 2013). "Michael Jackson's kids are following in his celebrity footsteps | Music". The Guardian. Retrieved August 25, 2013. 
  2. ^ George, Nelson (2004). Michael Jackson: The Ultimate Collection booklet. Sony BMG.
  3. ^ "Jackson's mother granted custody". BBC News. August 4, 2009. Retrieved November 9, 2009. 
  4. ^ Paquette, Danielle (August 2, 2012). "Katherine Jackson to split custody of kids with T.J. Jackson". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved August 25, 2013. 
  5. ^ Amelia McDonnell-Parry. "10 Reasons We're Obsessed with Blanket Jackson". The Frisky. Retrieved 10 December 2013. 
  6. ^ Eric Ortiz; Rich Schapiro (April 14, 2013). "Michael Jackson wanted Paris Jackson and her siblings to wear masks to have 'normal childhood'". New York Daily News. Retrieved 10 December 2013. 
  7. ^ http://uk.eonline.com/news/491491/michael-jackson-s-kids-share-intimate-memories-of-life-with-their-famous-dad-in-new-documentary

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