Carrying on their father's legacy of 'healing the world' – while shunning his fame: The VERY secretive lives of Michael Jackson's sons Blanket and Prince – who have dedicated their lives to charity work but REFUSE to trade on dad's famous name

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  • Brothers Prince, 26, and Blanket, 21, have tried to stay out of the spotlight 
  • Prince graduated from college with a business degree and runs a LA charity 
  • Meanwhile, Blanket, now known as Bigi, is an advocate against climate change 

Unlike Michael Jackson, his sons, Prince and Blanket (now known as Bigi), have tried to stay out of the spotlight – something their father was unable to avoid up until his untimely death.

So their rare public outing in Las Vegas for a performance of Michael Jackson ONE by Cirque du Soleil caused quite a stir on the ground at the Mandalay Bay Resort And Casino – and online.

This past Tuesday would have marked their late father’s 65th birthday. 

Michael’s eldest son Prince, who is one of two children (the other is daughter Paris) the King Of Pop shared with first wife Debbie Rowe, sported a gray T-shirt, blue jeans, and a baseball cap – that bared the logo of his foundation – for the show. The 26-year-old also rocked a well-trimmed short beard. 

Prince, 26, and Blanket Jackson, 21, were seen chatting with guests at Sin City's Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino after a Michael Jackson ONE by Cirque du Soleil showing on Tuesday

Prince, 26, and Blanket Jackson, 21, were seen chatting with guests at Sin City’s Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino after a Michael Jackson ONE by Cirque du Soleil showing on Tuesday

Blanket - who is now known as Bigi - with his brother, Prince, and sister Paris in 2012

Blanket – who is now known as Bigi – with his brother, Prince, and sister Paris in 2012

Meanwhile the pop superstar’s youngest Bigi, who’s rarely seen in public and now aged 21, wore a casual black button up with matching pants and shoes. 

The brothers live a relatively low-key life compared to that of their late singer father, who won acclaim for the mega hits Thriller, Beat It and Billie Jean. He died in June 2009 at the age of 50 after acute propofol and benzodiazepine intoxication at his home in Los Angeles, leaving behind his three children.

While Michael’s daughter Paris, 25, has followed in their father’s footsteps by pursuing a career in music, Prince and Bigi have gone down different paths.

Prince, born Michael Joseph Jackson Jr., got his degree in business administration in 2019 before starting a foundation to help young people in Los Angeles, while also running a production company.

Even less is know about the pursuits of his younger brother, Bigi, who was welcomed by surrogate in 2002 and given the name of Prince Michael Jackson II.

With their surprise appearance on Tuesday comes the public’s natural curiosity about them, so what do we know about Michael’s sons?

To answer your burning questions, FEMAIL takes a look inside the low-key lives of Prince and Bigi.

 

Michael’s oldest son graduated with a business administration degree before starting up Heal Los Angeles with a college friend

The eldest child of Michael was born on February 13, 1997. His mother is the Thriller singer’s first wife Debbie Rowe. 

He counts Home Alone star Macaulay Culkin and late Hollywood icon Elizabeth Taylor as his godparents.

After his parents divorced in 1999, Prince lived with his dad on his famous Neverland Ranch and was then raised by his grandmother, Katherine, following Michael’s death.

In May 2019, he revealed he had graduated cum laude at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, ‘with a focus on entrepreneurship.’

Prince thanked his cousins – TJ, Taryll and Taj – for helping him graduate with a bachelor’s degree in business administration.

‘[They] kept pushing me to graduate and finish up my degree when I wanted to quit,’ he wrote at the time. 

Prince graduated in 2019 cum laude from Loyola Marymount University with a bachelor's degree in business administration. He's pictured at his graduation with brother Bigi

Prince graduated in 2019 cum laude from Loyola Marymount University with a bachelor’s degree in business administration. He’s pictured at his graduation with brother Bigi

During his college days, he met John Muto and the pair went on to found the Heal Los Angeles Foundation in 2016

During his college days, he met John Muto and the pair went on to found the Heal Los Angeles Foundation in 2016

‘Honestly I can’t tell you if all of it was worth it yet but I am proud of my degree as I believe it is a testament to my dedication and discipline.’ 

During his college days, he met John Muto and the pair went on to found the Heal Los Angeles Foundation in 2016.

According to its website, the foundation’s mission aims to ‘improve the lives of young people’ through ‘impactful programs’ that will arm them with life skills to help them ‘pursue their dreams.’

One of the services Heal was able to provide during the COVID pandemic included delivering meals to people who were struggling in 2020. 

‘I would like to think that [my dad would be] be very proud, because I think this was one of his main goals – not only to spread his message of positivity and happiness, but to see it enacted in his kids,’ Prince told Entertainment Tonight at the time. 

He showcases his love of motorcycles on his YouTube page by taking viewers on his rides
Pictured is Prince with his helmet off in one of his online videos

He showcases his love of motorcycles on his YouTube page by taking viewers on his rides

A young Prince and Bigi back in 2011. They are described as 'best friends'

A young Prince and Bigi back in 2011. They are described as ‘best friends’

‘As a father, I think that’s what you want to do when you raise kids. You’re preparing them for the world and the type of person they’re going to be.’ 

On his Instagram, Prince has shared some images at a number of events held by Heal. 

Along with the foundation, Prince also runs a production company, King’s Son Productions, which looks to produce, shoot, edit and create content ‘ranging from cinematic music videos and short films to feature-length films and beyond.’

He showcases his love of motorcycles on his YouTube page by taking viewers on his rides. 

 

Bigi, who was known as Blanket, lives a reclusive life, but has a passion for climate change issues

The least is know about the youngest Jackson child. He was born via surrogate on February 21, 2002.

For most of his life, the now 21-year-old was known as Blanket, but he started going by a new moniker in 2015, according to Today.

His older brother is his ‘best friend,’ a family friend told People back in 2019.

‘They share a lot of interests like science and sci-fi,’ they added. 

Bigi and Prince share interests, which include science and sci-fi. They also love Marvel and announced they were starting a movie review channel in 2019 (pictured)

Bigi and Prince share interests, which include science and sci-fi. They also love Marvel and announced they were starting a movie review channel in 2019 (pictured)

For most of his life, the now 21-year-old was known as Blanket, but he started going by a new moniker in 2015. Pictured in 2011

For most of his life, the now 21-year-old was known as Blanket, but he started going by a new moniker in 2015. Pictured in 2011

They also seem to be fans of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, with Prince announcing in 2019 he and his brother were going to launch a movie review channel on YouTube, Entertainment Tonight reported.

Only one episode still exists on Prince’s YouTube channel where they review Avengers: Endgame with their cousin, Taj, and special guest James Sutherland.

Bigi appeared to be a massive Marvel fan and had seen Endgame three times up until that point, according to the publication.

In 2020, sister Paris marked Bigi’s 18th birthday with a series of photos posted on Instagram.

In 2020, sister Paris marked his 18th birthday with a series of photos posted on Instagram

In 2020, sister Paris marked his 18th birthday with a series of photos posted on Instagram 

Too cute: In one photo shared by Paris, the siblings can be seen rocking some silly facial expressions

Too cute: In one photo shared by Paris, the siblings can be seen rocking some silly facial expressions

Bigi also gave an interview to Good Morning Britain back in 2021, speaking about his passion for environmentalism ahead of the COP26 climate change conference

Bigi also gave an interview to Good Morning Britain back in 2021, speaking about his passion for environmentalism ahead of the COP26 climate change conference

‘My brother is a legal adult today. what the f***,’ she wrote.

‘I used to change his diapers. this is such a trip… proud of the handsome, intelligent, insightful, funny, and kind young man he has become. 

‘He likes privacy so that’s all i gotta say. hbd lil bro.’

Bigi also gave an interview to Good Morning Britain back in 2021, speaking about his passion for environmentalism ahead of the COP26 climate change conference. 

‘I do think it’s important that we all know about it. I think we have some work to do but our generation knows how important it is,’ he said.




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