Michael Jackson’s Son Blanket Has Reinvented Himself And Changed His Name

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Michael Jackson’s son Blanket has reinvented himself and even changed his name.

Jackson, known as the ‘King of Pop’, is considered one of the most significant cultural figures of the 20th century. 

He made his public debut as a member of The Jackson 5 (later known as the Jacksons) and would become a solo star in 1979 with his album ‘Off the Wall’. 

Jackson became known for hits such as ‘Thriller’, ‘Billie Jean’ and ‘Beat It’. 

Prince, Paris and Bigi Jackson.
Michael Jackson left behind three children: Prince, Paris, and Blanket. Credit: Alamy

Throughout his life, the ‘Smooth Criminal’ singer became a figure of controversy and speculation and in 2009, the world was left shaken when it was announced Jackson had died aged 50. 

The ‘You Don’t Care About Us’ artist left behind three children: Prince, Paris, and Blanket. 

Jackson’s children became more visible in the public eye following the singer’s death, with Paris making a short, unplanned speech at his funeral. 

“Ever since I was born, Daddy has been the best father you could ever imagine. And I just wanted to say that I love him so much,” Paris declared, aged just 11 years old at the time. 

Today, despite pursuing different passions and projects, the siblings remain close – with Prince revealing they make time for each other whenever they can. 

“Any moment I get to spend with my siblings now, especially as we’re getting older and our own lives are starting to blossom and grow, every moment that I get with them, any little family dinner, any family out, is really a special moment,” he said, via People magazine

When thinking of Jackson’s children, many people will remember the shocking moment in 2002 when the ‘You Are Not Alone’ singer appeared on the balcony of the Adlon Hotel in Berlin with his nine-month-old son Blanket. 

Bigi Jackson
Blanket Jackson became famous after the viral moment on a balcony with his father. Credit: Alamy

To the horror of fans in the crowd below, Jackson precariously dangled his toddler over the edge. 

Later on, the ‘Rock With You’ artist apologized for the incident, saying he ‘got caught up in the moment’, vowing he ‘would never intentionally endanger the lives of my children’. 

Fast forward to today and Blanket is all grown up, and it’s fair to say he’s changed a lot since that wild moment on the balcony…

Blanket, who largely keeps a low profile, is trying to make a positive impact on the world. 

Bigi Jackson on Good Morning Britain.
Michael Jackson’s son made a rare public appearance on TV to discuss climate change. Credit: ITV

He surprised everyone with a rare public appearance on Good Morning Britain, explaining that he’s very aware of the climate change emergency. 

Discussing his father’s legacy, Blanket said: “There’s a lot of really cool stuff here [Michael Jackson’s home], there’s a lot of history here in this house and the studio here, that’s what he was all about. 

“That’s what each of us [Blanket and his siblings] want to do, make some things that people hopefully enjoy but also benefit their lives. 

“I do think it’s important that we all know about [climate change], I think we have some work to do, but our generation knows how important it is.”

And speaking of making a change, Blanket has even changed his name. 

Fans and supporters have showered him with love and positivity following his reinvention. 

One person on social media writes: “It’s not easy coping with the death of a parent. Glad to see he’s doing better. Only wish good things for the offspring of MJ.”

Another adds: “Good for him. Love the name and wish him luck.”

Prince, Paris and Bigi Jackson.
Blanket Jackson and his siblings remain close. Credit: Alamy

The 21-year-old, who was born Prince Michael Jackson II, was nicknamed Blanket by his dad, as the singer would often try to obscure him from the public by covering him with a blanket. 

He changed his nickname to Bigi in 2015 after reportedly being teased by other children over the name.

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Written by Aimee Walker

Aimee is a senior content editor at IGV who specialises in finding the best original stories, trending topics and entertainment news. She graduated from Birmingham City University with a degree in Media and Communications.