While his older siblings Prince and Paris have walked red carpets and pursued projects in music, television, and modeling, the 15-year-old has managed to stay out of the spotlight completely.
A family friend told People magazine that Blanket “has had the most problems adjusting after Michael died. He acted very lost and extremely upset.” Although a new name has helped build his confidence.
According to the mag, the teen started going by Bigi in 2015 after reportedly being bullied for years. Although still “shy around people he doesn’t know,” he’s said to be doing well in his private school.
And although guardianship over Blanket has created a tangled web due to ongoing family disputes, he currently lives at his grandmother Katherine Jackson’s mansion in Calabasas, CA.
Blanket, Prince, and Paris in 2012.
Meanwhile, his sister Paris, 19, has become a popular fixture in the Hollywood crowd, though she had her fair share of struggles after Michael’s passing. “They always say, ‘Time heals.’ But it really doesn’t,” she told Rolling Stone in January. “You just get used to it.”
She added, “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.”
As for Michael’s eldest son, Prince, 20, he recently spoke out about his father’s legacy at the Billboard Music Awards. “I think it’s an honor to be here because I’m proud of the success my father created on his own and what he worked and built himself up to be,” he told E! News.
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