Where are the Kids of MICHAEL JACKSON now?

The world star pop sensation Michael Jackson died on June 25, 2009. The King of Pop succumbed to an overdose and died of acute propofol and benzodiazepine intoxication after suffering from cardiac arrest. The world continues to mourn the death of the superstar. In life, Jackson was a reclusive celebrity who kept a private personal life. In the aftermath of his death, we’ve seen his three children—Paris Jackson, Michael Joseph Jackson Jr. and Prince Michael Jackson II—emerge into the spotlight. Here’s where they are now.

Young Adults

At the time of Jackson’s death, his children were literally young kids. Fans remember a young Paris tearfully speaking at her father’s funeral. “I just want to say ever since I was born, Daddy has been the best father you could ever imagine. And I just want to say, I love him so much.” They’re all grown up now. Paris is now 19, Prince Michael is 15 and Michael Joseph is 20.

Michael Jackson famously named his youngest son, Prince Michael Jackson II, “Blanket.” Since 2015, the young man (seen left) changed his name, after reportedly being bullied, to the name “Bigi.”

Personal Struggles

Being the daughter of Michael Jackson hasn’t been easy. Paris revealed to Rolling Stone in 2017 that she struggled with depression and addiction. She tried to kill herself at age 15, slashing her wrist and downing 20 Motrin pills. “It was just self-hatred,” she says, “low self-esteem, thinking that I couldn’t do anything right, not thinking I was worthy of living anymore.” She shared that some of her many tattoos cover her scars, including places she used to intake drugs.

Family Drama

The Jackson children were raised by their large extended family. Drama that affects the Jacksons affects them as well. In 2017, family matriarch Katherine Jackson was in the middle of a heated legal battle with her nephew. Paris and Prince were notably kept away from their grandmother during this time, so as not to reportedly affect her legal testimony. The Jackson children continue to keep their father’s memory alive. In 2016, Paris honored the superstar with a tattoo. The new ink recreates the artwork of her father’s 1991 album, Dangerous. Prior to that, she got the phrase “Queen of my Heart” inked on her wrist, which was written in her father’s handwriting. “To everyone else he was the King of Pop,” she wrote on Instagram. “To me, well, he was the king of my heart.”

source credits: Oxygen