For years, Michael Jackson’s children, Prince Michael I, 12, Paris, 11, and Prince Michael II (nicknamed Blanket), were hidden from the public. When they did make an appearance, they wore masks and no one really ever heard them speak, or knew a lot about them. Shortly before Michael’s death, the kids were seen out more than they had been in the past and sometimes without their masks. What are Jackson’s children’s really like?
With the passing of their father, the Jackson kids have been (either intentionally or not, depending on who you believe) thrust into the public eye, and for the first time, the world heard Michael’s daughter Paris, speak. She gave, what most thought (there are others who disagree, of course) was a moving, short speech about her dad and how much she loved him.
Here is a brief look at the personalities of Michael Jackson’s three children, via PEOPLE:
According to family friend Gotham Chopra, the late star’s eldest son Prince is a “fun kid” who “has a lot of energy.” He describes Paris as “very thoughtful, very caring, and very sensitive” and quiet Blanket as “a lot like Michael.”
As PEOPLE reported in 2007, by all accounts, the kids are bright, well-behaved and seemingly well-adjusted. A spokesman from the National Zoo, who accompanied the family on a visit, told PEOPLE at the time, “I was struck by how considerate and nice and normal they all were.” Jackson’s longtime bodyguard Miko Brando recently echoed that sentiment. “They are well-mannered, well-behaved kids,” he said. “They are really level-headed.”
And what about Michael? Was he a “normal” dad? Yes, he was:
It may seem like a contradiction, given their father’s staggering fame and highly scrutinized lifestyle, but many say that as a father, Jackson was nothing but normal and loving. “There were a few times he brought his kids to work,” says tour dancer Christopher “Kriyss” Grant. “You could tell by the way they looked at him that they adored him.”
Adds Jackson’s former publicist Raymone Bain: “They were Michael’s first priority.”
Looking forward, Prince, Paris and Blanket will continue to be well cared for. “The Jacksons have come together and are really loving the kids,” says Chopra. “Cousins and puppies are [around in] full-force, and the kids are enjoying [it].” And no matter what the public may have thought about Jackson, adds Bain, “his children will be his greatest legacy.”