Michael Jackson's Son Blanket Has Changed His Name and Completely Reinvented Himself | 22 Words

The son of Michael Jackson, known globally as "Blanket," has remained firmly out of the public eye since the death of his father in 2009...

But now, after a name-change and a lavish property investment in California, the young man has evidently reinvented himself.

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And newly surfaced snaps have left people well and truly shook. Here's the full story...

Now, Blanket, born Prince Michael Jackson II, was initially thrown into the spotlight with this worrisome incident.

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On November 2nd, 2002, the infamous pop star was seen dangling Blanket, who was just a few months old at the time, over the edge of the balcony of his room at the Hotel Adlon in Berlin to the crowds of paparazzi below.

Jackson's bizarre act would go on to become one of the most scandalous incidents in showbiz...

And he later apologised, calling it a "terrible mistake."

Following this, Jackson doubled down efforts to protect his child...

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And, along with his 2 siblings, Paris and Michael Joseph, Blanket was seldom seen out in public.

But, following Jackson's highly-publicized death in 2009, his children were suddenly thrown back into the spotlight.

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The trio made their first appearance at their father's funeral and memorial, which was televised across the globe.

But, in the years since, things haven't exactly been easy for the siblings.

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While both Michael Joseph and Blanket stayed firmly out of the spotlight, Paris has had a lengthy and public battle with mental health issues.

She also revealed that she had attempted suicide "many times."

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During an episode of her Facebook Watch series, Unfiltered: Paris Jackson and Gabriel Glenn last year, she explained how her self-harm was "a distraction from emotional pain" before admitting, "I tried to kill myself many times."

Thankfully, Paris is now in a much healthier place...

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And now uses her platform to raise awareness surrounding mental health issues.

"I still struggle to accept myself but that's what I want to influence. I want to influence self-acceptance and courage and being comfortable in your own skin," she said.

But what about Blanket?

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Well, while all the focus was on his older sister, it turns out that the youngest of the siblings, who was just 7-years-old at the time of his father's death, was also having a difficult time.

People Magazine reported that the child was "very lost and extremely upset" following Jackson's death...

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"The kids live like Michael is constantly looking down upon them," a family friend told the magazine. "[But Blanket] has had the most problems adjusting after Michael died."

It was later reported that, upon starting The Buckley School in Sherman Oaks, California, the youngster changed his infamous nickname.

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A source told Radar Online back in 2015:

"He always thought that the name Blanket sounded so stupid and resented his father for calling him that."

The source went on to explain that he fell victim to bullies as a result of his unconventional name.

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​"Growing up, his schoolmates have always been slightly mean to him because of their jealousy over who he is, and going by Blanket made him a much easier target for ridicule."

But now, fast forward a decade and a swift name change, the youngest son of Michael Jackson seems to have carved a whole new life and identity for himself...

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And, upon seeing new photos of the nineteen-year-old, the internet has had a lot to say.

Everyone, meet Bigi.

Yep, Blanket now goes by the nickname Bigi, and has recently invested in a $2.7 million California mansion.

His new home is said to boast 6 bedrooms, 7 bathrooms, and a huge swimming pool, as well as celebrity neighbours like Kim Kardashian.

However, he's not strayed far from home as his grandmother and guardian, Katherine, is said to live just down the road in another gated community in the area.

It is unclear what Bigi does for a living...

But, in a 2012 interview, he had expressed interest in becoming a movie director.

"When I grow up I want to be a director because it's fun, and I make little movies when I'm at my house with cousins and friends and different things."

"He [dad] said it would be a good thing so follow whatever you want to do."