After Michael Jackson’s shock death ten years ago, moving scenes of his three children grieving their beloved dad at a tribute concert were screened around the world.
50-year-old Jackson died of a cardiac arrest just three weeks before he was set to take the stage with an ambitious 50 date This Is It Tour.
A lot has changed in the decade since the King of Pop passed away, with Prince, Paris and Blanket growing up in front of the world’s eyes.
From defending their father’s reputation, to changing names and even finding stardom themselves, the kids have experienced a lot of change since Jackson’s passing.
A family friend previously revealed how the Jackson children live their lives as though he’s looking over them and want to do whatever it takes to make him proud.
Here is what Prince, Paris and Blanket are up to now.
Prince is the eldest of Jackson’s three children, and was just 12 years old when his dad died. His mother is Michael’s second wife Debbie Rowe, though the pop star raised Prince and his siblings as his own.
Now 22, Paris, graduated from Loyola Marymount University this month after studying Business.
Footage from the ceremony drove Michael Jackson fans into a frenzy as a clip appeared to show a high-pitched voice ringing out that sounded mysteriously like the singer’s.
As Prince is collecting his diploma on stage a woman who is behind the camera can be heard saying “Right there on the left.”
She points the lens at Prince before it quickly pans to the room and an unknown man’s voice says something inaudible.
Prince put his studies to use as he launched his own production company King’s Son Productions in 2016.
In the past Prince joked that his dad may be renowned as the ‘King of Pop’ but he’s missed out on any of his performance genes.
That hasn’t stopped Prince trying his hand at various Entertainment Shows.
Prince and his sister Paris accepted their father’s Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2010 Grammys.
He also founded the Heal Los Angeles charity to continue on his late dad’s Heal The World initative.
Prince made a permanent tribute to Michael by having a tattoo etched on his leg last year in his memory.
Months later the controversial Leaving Neverland documentary went to air.
The Jackson estate said as with all of Michael’s children, Prince was badly shaken by the release.
Though Prince has never spoken publicly about the allegations.
Paris has immersed herself in the showbiz spotlight to a much greater extent than her brothers since her father’s death.
The middle of Jackson’s children has become something of an ‘It girl’ in recent years, landing acting gigs and modelling contracts.
But it hasn’t all been play-sailing, Paris has also been vocal about her mental health battles.
She opened up about her struggles in a 2017 chat with Rolling Stone magazine.
Recalling her lowest moment, Paris said: “It was just self-hatred, low self-esteem, thinking that I couldn’t do anything right, not thinking I was worthy of living anymore.”
As well as her battles with anxiety and depression, Paris admitted she’s still struggling to deal with her dad’s shock death
She said of her grief: “They always say, ‘Time heals.’
“But it really doesn’t. You just get used to it. I live life with the mentality of ‘OK, I lost the only thing that has ever been important to me.’
“So going forward, anything bad that happens can’t be nearly as bad as what happened before. So I can handle it.”
More recently, Paris has been a fierce defender of her later father – following the recent Leaving Neverland documentary.
Paris hit back at trolls on her twitter as she labelled the allegations as “tabloids and lies”. She tweeted: “So….not love and peace and trying to carry that message out? tabloids and lies are the bigger picture? I’ll pray for you.”
She added: “Yeah they do that to everyone with a good heart and tries to make a difference but do you really think that it’s possible to tear his name down?
“Like do you truly believe they stand a chance? relax and have peace.”
While he was alive Michael always denied allegations against him and in June 2005 was acquitted of child molestation.
Paris is said to have jetted off to Europe on the ten year anniversary of her father’s death to ‘help heal her pain.’
She was spotted taking selfies with her boyfriend Gabriel Glenn and other friends in Paris.
While he grabbed headlines as a baby when his singer dad dangled him over a hotel balcony, Jackson’s youngest child Blanket has managed to keep a fairly low profile over the last ten years.
A family friend previously said of all Jackson’s children Blanket had the most problems adjusting after his death.
“He acted very lost and extremely upset,” a source told People magazine at the time.
Blanket – real name Prince Michael Jackson II – was brought up by his grandmother Katherine Jackson, 88, since his father’s shock death in June 2009.
His late grandfather Joe said that Blanket was the most like his famous son, compared to his older siblings Prince and Paris.
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