The Weirdest Stories Involving Michael Jackson’s Kids
Given Michael Jackson’s eccentric lifestyle while he was still alive, it should come as no surprise to know that the King of Pop’s three children weren’t raised in the most conventional ways. See how daughter Paris Jackson and sons Prince Jackson and Blanket Jackson have continued to keep the mysterious family legacy alive over the years.
Michael Jackson may not be Prince’s biological dad
After years of speculation, Michael’s eldest child, Prince, addressed rumors that the King of Pop may not be his biological father. TMZ reported on Oct. 22, 2015 that Prince had a heated Twitter exchange with a troll who expressed doubt over the firstborn’s paternity. Prince seemed to acknowledge the troll’s suspicion with his cryptic response: “The blood of the covenant is thicker than the water of the womb…I was raised by my dad with my brother and sister.” As TMZ noted, this became arguably the closest evidence that Prince may be fathered by someone else. And speaking of…
Arnie Klein probably isn’t Prince Jackson’s father, either
According to TMZ, the aforementioned Twitter troll who was harassing Prince also brought up the long-standing rumor that Dr. Arnie Klein is Prince’s real father. Klein fueled said rumors in 2013 when he shared an old photo on Facebook (via TMZ) of him and Prince, who look very much alike, with the caption, “Hmmmmm.”
Klein—who was Michael’s dermatologist and close friend for years—has long been rumored to have fathered the entertainer’s children with Michael’s ex-wife, Debbie Rowe, who once worked for Klein as an assistant, reported TMZ. Klein denied the gossip in a 2009 interview with Diane Sawyer on Good Morning America. TMZ claims it has confirmed neither Klein nor Michael is Prince’s real father. Sadly, this mystery may have gone to the grave because Klein died of natural causes in October 2015.
Was Jackson the biological father of any of his kids?
Five days after Michael’s death, TMZ reported that the late pop icon was not the biological father of any of his three children, nor was Debbie Rowe the mother of the two kids to which she gave birth. According to sources, neither Michael’s sperm nor Rowe’s eggs were used for the embryos that became Prince and Paris. Sources claim Blanket was conceived by a surrogate who did not know she was carrying the King of Pop’s baby. Michael’s lawyer picked Blanket up from the hospital and delivered him to Michael, reported TMZ. Blanket’s mother is rumored to be a Mexican nurse named Helena, according to the Mirror.
Curiously enough, in the midst of a wrongful death lawsuit against AEG Live, Michael’s mother, Katherine Jackson, fought the court to prevent it from hearing evidence about the conception of Jackson’s children. Weird, no?
Paris attempted suicide
In early June 2013, Paris was rushed to the hospital after allegedly attempting suicide. A subsequent report from TMZ alleged she left a suicide note the night of the incident and proceeded to cut her arm with a meat cleaver and take “a large number of Motrin pills.” During her suicide attempt, Paris reportedly phoned a suicide hotline; the person on the other end of the phone deemed her situation dire enough to notify police, according to TMZ. She was placed on a 5150 psychiatric hold for 72 hours at the hospital.
TMZ reported the following month that Paris’ suicide attempt was preceded by feelings of abandonment from family members in the wake of her father’s death. People magazine also reported that she had checked into the psych ward at the UCLA Medical Center months prior for depression.
Paris attended AA meetings
In February 2016, Paris allegedly posted a rant to Instagram in which she revealed to the world that she was attending alcoholics anonymous meetings. “This is f***ing ridiculous. I am expected to literally sit on my a** all day replying to comments people leave me (positive and negative)?” a 17-year-old Paris posted in response to critical fans, according to the New York Daily News. “I have AA meetings to go to. Family obligations. PERSONAL obligations. It’s so f***ing selfish that I am literally attacked on every f***ing thing I post just because people that I DON’T EVEN KNOW aren’t getting what they want. I don’t know any of you.” Beyond the admission that she’d been attending AA meetings, Paris’ post was especially troubling to friends and family, as cyberbullying had reportedly been one of the catalysts for her attempted suicide in 2013. In June 2016, Radar Online reported that Jackson’s family had grown concerned that she may relapse after she was allegedly photographed buying beer.
Paris once got rejected from a rehab facility
Less than one month after her June 2013 suicide attempt, Paris requested to be transferred from the UCLA Medical Center to a private rehab facility in Utah. According to TMZ, her request was reportedly rejected by the facility over fears that “photogs will go crazy and take pictures of not only Paris but other patients at the facility.” Sources told the tab that the UCLA Medical Center also wanted Paris to stay put because they believed she was still a danger to herself. A few weeks later, People magazine confirmed Paris had been transferred to an undisclosed residential treatment center.
Did Paris secretly get teen married?
Paris set the social media world ablaze in October 2015 after she allegedly changed her last name on her supposed Instagram account to Paris Jackson Castellaw. “Castellaw” was the last name of her semi-pro soccer boyfriend, Chester, whom she’d been seeing since April of that year. Some took it to mean the two teenagers had gotten married.
In light of the controversy, Paris posted a video to Castellaw’s supposed Instagram page denying she had an Instagram account. “I was hoping you guys could help get the account on Instagram deleted,” Paris said at the time (via Us Weekly). “I don’t have a public account. Thank you so much.”
Paris and Castellaw have since split, although the timeline of their break-up remains really, really confusing.
Paris’ boyfriend had a confederate flag tattoo
Only months after splitting from Castellaw, Paris reportedly moved on with drummer Michael Snoddy. That relationship apparently hasn’t sat well with Paris’ family and fans, due in part to some of Snoddy’s tattoos, which included the Confederate flag. According to Page Six, the tattoo prompted accusations that Snoddy was racist, to which Snoddy fired back, “There’s a difference between Southern pride and racism.”
By October 2016, the controversial tattoo had been covered up by inked-on flames. Even so, sources for Radar Online claim Snoddy has been a bad influence on Paris, who has spun “totally out of control.” Paris and Snoddy were also subject to rumors that they were betrothed after the duo was spotted wearing what looked like wedding rings. Those rumors were quickly shot down.
That whole “Blanket over the balcony thing”
Paris recently posted a strange video
Interestingly enough, the video—which, perhaps unintentionally, felt reminiscent of Chris Crocker’s “Leave Britney alone!” viral clip—also referenced Paris’ suicide attempt. “When I was 14 I got so much hatred that I tried to kill myself and I took, like, a two-year break from social media and then people asked me to come back, to make my Instagram public again, so I did. And nothing changed!” she said. “I’m just tired of it. I’m just really, really tired. And, I mean, I know I’m not the only one.”
Is Paris going to buy Neverland Ranch?
In October 2016, Paris returned to her childhood home, the infamous Neverland Ranch. “Felt so good to be home,” Jackson wrote of her trip, according to People. Shortly thereafter, sources for Radar Online claimed she was actually considering buying the Santa Barbara, Calif. estate, to which anyone who watched the 2003 television special Living with Michael Jackson might ask, but…why?