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'Blanket' Jackson Just Hit 18 Years Old And Bought A Mansion

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By Desmund Ullrich

“Blanket” became a household name when his father, the late Michael Jackson, dangled the baby outside of his German hotel balcony in 2002. Though the running joke is that dads are a little coy when it comes to childcare, the event sparked public outrage against the father and Jackson eventually apologized for the situation.

While “Blanket”, better known now as “Bigi” Prince Michael Jackson II, has reportedly grown up unshaken by the event, he has admitted that schoolmates have never let him live down the incident and that he never liked the nickname “Blanket”.

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Even more confusing is the fact that all three Jackson kids are actually named “Michael” in some way and that the eldest son still goes by Prince.

Now that “Bigi”, the youngest of the three Jackson children has now turned 18, the public is eager to see what they are capable of accomplishing. Prince Michael, 23, graduated from Loyola Marymount University last year and has been focused on philanthropy, while Paris, 21, has been modeling and performing with boyfriend Gabriel Glenn in their band The Soundflowers.

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“Bigi” on the other hand, has decided to floss a bit. Though his older brother and sister both have mansions of their own, within a month of being legal he bought a $2.6 million mansion in Calabasas, California in a 24/7 guard-gated community. The 6,382 square foot house has six bedrooms and seven-and-a-half bathrooms, and a star-studded list of neighbors including Dr. Dre and Marcia Clark.

Though their fathers’ legacy as “The King of Pop”, may be an unrealistic expectation that the children are pressured to live up to there are far more challenging public situations pressing the three siblings. One ongoing debate is whether or not Paris, Prince, and “Bigi” are the biological children of Michael Jackson.

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Just today, Paris Jackson responded to such a discrediting comment on Twitter in which a user wrote: “You are a white woman! I can’t believe people think you are Michael Jackson’s child.”

To that, Paris responded with a funny meme with the caption “I so pale.”

However, Paris and her brothers need not a response, any time such an accusation surfaces their father's fans come to their support within seconds and it seems the three already have some fans of their own.

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We all remember the sudden and tragic death of Michael Jackson who suffered cardiac arrest at his home in Los Angeles on June 25, 2009 and died shortly thereafter, at the age of 50.

To the public's comfort, Paris, Prince, and “Bigi” have been very public about their relationship with their father, speaking of their experiences with the death at such young ages and even revealing intimate moments with Michael during the 2005 trial in which he accused of molesting Gavin Arvizo.

With a father like Michael Jackson, the siblings have no choice but to be strong; facing a life of constant media and coverage. All three are meeting the challenge with humble grace. It also helps that their father’s estate allows each $8 million a year until it fully matures when each of them turn 40.

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