AT nine months previous, Blanket Jackson made the most dramatic of public debuts when his celebrity father dangled him over a third-floor lodge balcony for his adoring followers to see.
However since Michael Jackson died in 2009, his younger son — actual identify Prince Michael Jackson II — has develop into an enigma, hidden away by the Jackson estate.
The reclusive Blanket Jackson on a uncommon public appearance earlier than Christmas 2018
They’ve seized management of his life, chopping him off from his childhood associates, and the 17-year-old is taken care of by his 88-year-old grandma Katherine and co-guardian TJ Jackson, Michael’s 40-year-old nephew.
This week one other nephew, 45-year-old Taj, claimed Blanket — who prefers to be generally known as Biji — had stopped speaking since the Michael Jackson intercourse abuse allegations resurfaced in bombshell TV documentary Leaving Neverland.
He informed the Victoria Derbyshire TV show yesterday: “Biji is the most talkative kid at school and he isn’t talking any more. We’re all worried about him.”
As far back as 2017 Blanket’s elder sister Paris, now 20, was raising considerations for his welfare. She stated he was typically left to his personal units in Katherine’s mansion in Calabasas, California, getting ready his own dinners — which might be as simple as a bowl of cereal or a Snickers bar.
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And now Blanket’s British godfather Mark Lester, Jackson’s former greatest pal, has voiced his fears for Blanket, the longer he stays hidden away from normality by the property.
In an unique interview with The Sun, former child actor Mark stated: “They try and shield him from the outside world, which may be not such a good thing. Shield them from certain things, certainly, but to keep him isolated is not right.”
And he appeared to back up the claims by Jackson’s nephew Taj that Blanket was not speaking — but that the drawback dated from long ago.
Recalling what Blanket was like as a teenager, Mark stated members of Jackson’s internal circle have been concerned that he barely spoke.
Michael Jackson dangles child ‘Blanket’ out of a Berlin lodge balcony on November 19, 2002
‘Blanket’ was given his moniker by his father, who was inspired by the character Linus in cartoon strip Peanuts
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Former child actor and star of Oliver!, Mark Lester, is godfather to all three of Michael Jackson’s youngsters
He added: “He kept himself to himself. He would just immerse himself in his own little world.”
Mark stated that at present Blanket’s life is tightly controlled, including: “The Jackson estate don’t need him to generate profits for anyone else. He’s an inheritor to a billion-dollar belief.
“They have belief issues, particularly with people who might imagine they need to benefit from both Blanket, Paris or Prince (Blanket’s 22-year-old brother) for their very own financial achieve.
“When you get super-wealthy you become very guarded and very mistrustful of a lot of people. It’s just sad that this money issue would get in the way of them actually being able to have good friends.”
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The King of Pop feeds his son ‘Blanket’ the day after hanging him from a balcony in Berlin
Masked Michael Jackson at a Beverly Hills medical centre together with his son Blanket in 2009
Michael’s youngest child was allegedly left to his personal units in Katherine Jackson’s mansion in Calabasas, California
Dad of 4 Mark added: “I might identical to to succeed in out. What can be great is considered one of them choosing up the telephone and even when they didn’t converse to me, converse to considered one of my youngsters.
“Blanket might converse to my son. Everybody wants pals — you possibly can’t have too many. We spent an awful lot of time with them once they have been rising up.
“I was with Blanket since he was born, until Michael died, so that’s seven years of his early life. I’m sure he’d love to see my son again.”
At Jackson’s funeral in 2009 Blanket was a shy seven-year-old who sat in the entrance row clutching a Michael Jackson doll.
Prince, ‘Blanket’ and Paris Jackson on stage at the Michael Perpetually the Tribute Concert, at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff, Wales, in 2011
In the decade since then, his siblings Paris and Prince have gone on to grow to be public figures and transfer away from the household residence — his sister is a model and his brother a wannabe TV producer.
Blanket, meanwhile, remains hidden away. He was given his nickname by his father, who was impressed by the character Linus in cartoon strip Peanuts, who all the time carried a blanket with him.
Blanket had a surrogate mother, however in contrast to his siblings — who have been each carried by surrogate Debbie Rowe, a nurse at a dermatology clinic the place Jackson had been treated — Blanket’s mother has never formally been revealed.
Her identify was not included on his start certificate, nevertheless she is now considered a Mexican nurse named Helena — a principle backed by Mark Lester.
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(L-R) Paris, La Toya, Prince and Blanket Jackson attend the Jackson Household donation occasion at Youngsters’s Hospital Los Angeles on August eight, 2011
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Blanket Jackson attends the Los Angeles opening of ‘Michael Jackson THE IMMORTAL World Tour’ on January 27, 2012
Having been home-schooled before his father’s demise, Blanket is now at a personal faculty. His hobbies embrace martial arts, at which he’s a black belt, and enjoying video games. His want to be often known as Biji moderately than Blanket was as a result of being bullied at college.
A supply stated: “Growing up, his school mates have been slightly mean to him because of their jealousy over who he is — and going by the name Blanket made him a much easier target for ridicule.”
His profile and picture is stored beneath tight control by the Jackson estate. He isn’t allowed on social media and any photograph featuring him is heavily vetted earlier than being released by relations. Paris, in distinction, is an avid social media consumer who has posted more than 1,700 footage on Instagram.
Nevertheless in recent times she has posted just one snap that includes her youthful brother, a gaggle shot of her siblings with household pal and rapper Omer Bhatti on Christmas Day 2017, captioned “Happy Christmas from ours to yours #brahdas.”
A rare image of Blanket Jackson posing with rapper Omer Bhatti, and siblings Paris and Prince on Christmas Day 2017
Former child actor Mark, who played the title position in the 1968 movie musical Oliver!, is godfather to all three of Jackson’s youngsters however he has not seen any of them since the singer died — which he finds notably heartbreaking, given how shut his youngsters have been to Jackson’s.
Mark — like the Jackson youngsters — has all the time pleaded the singer’s innocence in the face of intercourse abuse allegations of the previous 20 years.
In Leaving Neverland, accusers James Safechuck and Wade Robson give intricate particulars of how they claim Jackson manipulated them into a sexual relationship. However Mark stated: “This is not the Michael Jackson that I knew for over 30 years. This is not the man that my children knew.”
As for getting again in touch with Blanket he stated: “It would be a bit like you picking up the phone and going, ‘I want to go and see the Queen’. You have to go through various channels.”
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Michael Jackson (third R) poses with real property developer Mohamed Hadid (3rd L), Hadid’s youngsters and Jackson’s youngsters Prince (L), Paris (C) and Blanket (2nd R) in 2008 at the Jackson Holmby Hills residence in Westwood, California
He continued: “Sadly I feel some members of the Jackson household are very mistrusting and I assume that they had lots of people which will have been taking advantage.
“I’ve witnessed at first hand people taking advantage of Michael. It’s a bit sad but maybe they think I’m the same. I want nothing from them other than just to reconnect and be friends.”
Out of all the Jackson siblings, Blanket appears to have inherited his father’s showman expertise in addition to his iconic seems to be.
In October 2011, backstage at the Michael Endlessly tribute live performance at Cardiff’s Millennium Stadium, he was seen together with his lengthy, flowing black hair, dancing and spinning as if he have been performing a precise Michael Jackson dance.
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Blanket Jackson, Paris Jackson, Lionel Richie and Prince Jackson at the 52nd Annual GRAMMY Awards on January 31, 2010
In a 2013 documentary the late Joe Jackson — who launched his son Michael’s profession in the 1960s together with his siblings in the Jackson 5 — voiced his view that Blanket had the potential to be a huge star.
He stated: “They said that there would never be another Michael Jackson and I say that we already have one. But I said he just has to be trained.”
Nevertheless Mark believes Blanket will never comply with in Jackson’s footsteps by turning into a singer, as he thinks he can be postpone by the fame.
He stated: “He’s extremely smart, that boy. He would slightly have his father’s legacy in entrance of him and never try to discover that avenue.
“I feel he might be artistic in artwork, in design, however I can pretty much guarantee you that he won’t grow to be a performer.
“I don’t assume he hates fame but he’s aware of it, and that it’s not all it’s cracked as much as be.
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“He’s the type of one that will do something unimaginable, like animation, one thing graphic, or be an architect. He’ll do one thing that he can apply, that he can work by himself or in a small group after which he’ll be incredibly inventive in that approach, or a painter.
“He’s not the type of character which can see him dragged into the Hollywood social gathering circuit.
“He’s much more quiet. He doesn’t want to go down the Kardashian-type route.”