Michael Jackson children: Who is son Blanket’s mother?
Michael Jackson had two children with his second wife, Debbie Rowe. However, years after their divorce, he had a third child, affectionately known as Blanket. His mother has remained a mystery for many years – but who is she?
Who is Blanket’s mother?
Michael Jackson had his first two children – Michael Jr (known as Prince) and Paris – with his second wife, dermatology nurse Debbie Rowe.
The couple divorced shortly after, but on February 21, 2002, he had a third child, Prince Michael II, known as Blanket.
Blanket became known as such due to being covered in a blanket during many public appearances when he was a baby.
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This became even more prominent in the media when Jackson held the baby over the railings of the balcony of a hotel room in Berlin, four stories above ground.
The hotel incident took place when Blanket was only a few months old, and over time the nickname stuck.
Many of Michael’s children were similarly covered with blankets and other items to shield them from the press.
In terms of his parentage, Blanket was originally said to have been conceived by an anonymous surrogate, despite his older siblings, Paris and Prince, being the children of Jackson’s second wife, Debbie Rowe.
While that is true, there were some interesting conspiracy theories which came out.
Firstly, in the 2003 documentary Living with Michael Jackson, the pop star told Martin Bashir: “We have an agreement that we can’t talk about.
“We have a contractual agreement, who she is and everything, that’s how we worked that out.”
However, despite confirming he had a relationship with the mother, he then completely changed his story, later telling Bashir: “I used a surrogate mom, my own sperm cells.
“She doesn’t know me, I don’t know her.”
Despite these mixed messages from Jackson himself, The Mirror claimed to have uncovered Blanket’s surrogate’s real name: Helena.
According to The Mirror, she was reportedly a Mexican nurse who was paid a £15,600 ($20,000) surrogacy fee.
A friend of Jackson’s told The Mirror: “Michael wanted a designer baby.
“He had two wonderful children but wanted one more and was quite specific on the gene pool he wanted to tap into.
“He chose Helena because she had a Latino background but she was also a US citizen and had quite fair skin.
“He liked her because she was very attractive and seemed stable and intelligent.
“She was a nurse or medical assistant, which he also liked.”
The friend added there was no “drama” with Helena, who just “got on with it”.
The now-teenager is known by his new nickname, Bigi, and he has always been the most reclusive of the Jackson siblings.
Bigi posts film and TV reviews on YouTube along with Prince and their cousin Taj, but is a high school student at present, and is rarely seen out in public.
He recently bought a $2.6million (£2.3million) home on his 18th birthday, at which point he left the family home.
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