Growing Up Jackson: The Lives of Prince, Paris, and Bigi

The King of Pop has three children, Prince, Paris, and Bigi (Blanket) Jackson. The three kids have gone through a lot in life, but they managed to stay out of the spotlight. The siblings had a wonderful childhood growing up on the Neverland Ranch. The kids were happy, loved, cared for, and protected; until Michael Jackson suddenly passed away on June 25th, 2009, leaving the three children with no father.

Michael Jackson in the 'Thriller' music video
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Paris and Prince accepted awards on behalf of their father, but they managed to stay under the radar for quite a few years. They went to school and tried to live a relatively normal life. Well, as normal as it could be without their dad. But now the kids are all grown up. There’s modeling, acting, college graduation, and even a YouTube channel coming out of these starlings.

Check out what life was like growing up Jackson, and what these extraordinary kids are up to now.

Debbie Rowe Made Him a Daddy

Michael Jackson spent two years of his life married to Lisa Marie Presley. However, Presley refused to have children, and the couple divorced in 1996. Michael Jackson was worried that he would never have any kids of his own. He just wanted a family. Thankfully, he was eventually able to make that happen.

Michael Jackson and Debbie Rowe
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On November 14th, 1996, Jackson married his second wife, Debbie Rowe. The king of pop met Debbie when she was working as a dermatologist assistant – she treated his vitiligo. Unfortunately, the relationship didn’t last very long. Two years after tying the knot, the couple called it quits. But before their marriage was over, they had two children together.

The Birth of a Prince

Michael Jackson and Debbie Rowe’s first child was named Michael Joseph Jackson Jr. He was welcomed into the world at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles on February 13th, 1997. It didn’t take long for the pair to come up with the perfect nickname for their perfect son: Prince. Considering his dad is the king of pop, the name seems appropriate.

Michael Joseph Jackson Jr
Michael Joseph Jackson Jr. Photo by Broadimage / Shutterstock

But Jackson and Debbie weren’t a conventional couple. Their marriage had more to do with giving the singer children and a family, and less to do with true love. Not long after baby Prince was born, Debbie stayed with a friend, and Jackson brought the infant to his home on the Neverland Ranch.

Cute as Can Be

As you may already know, Michael Jackson acted like a child sometimes. Apparently, he felt like his childhood was taken away from him, so he spent years as an adult, making up for lost time. That’s why, when he had kids, he loved to play dress-up with them. He dressed them up for photoshoots back in the 90s. Prince is as cute as can be with his big brown eyes and that bow tie.

Prince Jackson with a blue lollipop and a blue bow tie to match his shorts
Prince Jackson. Source: Twitter

Prince revealed that he has happy memories at Neverland. He also said that Michael was a great dad who wanted to give his kids the childhood he never had. On multiple occasions, Prince admitted that he misses his dad so much and thinks about him every day.

Welcoming Paris Jackson

In November 1997, Debbie Rowe announced that she was pregnant with baby number two. The beautiful Paris Michael Katherine Jackson was born on April 3rd, 1998. The adorable blue-eyed baby got her middle name Katherine from her grandmother – Michael’s mom. She clearly inherited some gorgeous genes. Supposedly, she was named Paris after the city she was conceived in.

Paris Jackson was performing at the 'Michael Forever' concert in 2011.
Paris Jackson at the ‘Michael Forever’ concert. Photo by Alan Davidson / Shutterstock

Just like he did with his son Prince, Michael took Paris to live on the Neverland Ranch shortly after she was born. The ranch was their childhood home. As unconventional as it was, it seems like every kid’s dream. Neverland was a fun ranch complete with theme park rides and a petting zoo.

A Lucky Girl

Paris and Prince had a great childhood growing up on their famous father’s Neverland Ranch. After Jackson bought the ranch in 1988, he turned it into a fun amusement park. In addition to having a real zoo and a carousel, the ranch also featured a rollercoaster. That seems like a dream for me! Hopefully, his kids aren’t scared of heights.

Paris Jackson in a floral dress riding the carousel
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As you probably guessed, the kids enjoyed playing in the fairy tale land that was in their backyard. In this charming picture, you can see Paris enjoying the carousel in her colorful dress. She probably rode that thing all the time. Who can blame her? If I grew up with rides in my backyard, I would never leave my house.

Dressed to Impress

Michael Jackson is known for a lot of things. But one thing he is really famous for is his flamboyant outfits. The singer didn’t slack when it came to his children’s style. Those cool kids were always dressed to impress. In this picture, you can see the siblings looking very fashionable, posing on that motorcycle.

Paris and Prince on a motorcycle
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The pop star always dressed his daughter in cute girly clothes. As a toddler, Paris wore classic dresses, Mary-Jane shoes, and lots of pretty bows. She is now a model, and it seems like she was destined to be one from a very young age. Prince was frequently dressed in shirts and slacks. He adopted this style and brought it into his adult life.

Baby Blanket

On February 21st, 2002, Michael Jackson’s third child was born, Prince Michael Jackson II. For his third child, Jackson used a surrogate mother and did not know her identity. Jackson caused a media frenzy when he nicknamed his child Blanket. His reasoning was: “A blanket is a blessing. It’s a way of showing love and caring.”

Michael Jackson on the balcony at his hotel room
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Blanket had a pretty dramatic entrance into the world. In addition to his controversial name, there was that infamous moment when Michael held his newborn outside a hotel in Berlin. Photographers snapped a picture of Michael carelessly holding his son out the window Lion King-style. Yikes! Michael later commented, explaining how he was swept up with emotion.

The Legend of Peter Pan

As you probably would have guessed, Peter Pan was a significant story in Michael Jackson’s life. I mean, he even named his ranch Neverland, after the fictional fantasy story about kids who stay young forever. It only makes sense that his children enjoyed the fairy tale as well.

Prince, Paris, and Blanket dressed in handmade Peter Pan costumes
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In this charming picture, you can see Prince Paris and Blanket playing dress-up dressed in handmade costumes from the story of the boy who never grew up. Since Michael started performing at a young age, he felt like he didn’t get to experience really being a kid. That’s why he wanted his children to capture their childhood and enjoy the magic of being a kid for as long as possible.

Protecting The Children

Like any good father, Michael Jackson wanted to protect his kids from paparazzi, tabloids, and the media. Of course, he couldn’t keep them locked up, but he still tried to shield the kids when he took them out. If you look at childhood pictures of the Jackson kids, they are often seen wearing elaborate masks, carnival costumes, or something to cover up their faces.

Michael Jackson out with Paris and Prince with their faces covered up
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The masks were obviously intended to hide the kids. He didn’t want them to be bombarded because of his fame. However, their face coverings tended to be semi-transparent, which kind of defeated the purpose of wearing them. It didn’t stop the paparazzi from snapping pictures of them, but I guess it’s the thought that counts.

Knowing the Right People

Michael Jackson was obviously a gigantic star. That’s why it doesn’t come as a surprise that the Jackson kids grew up with celebrities. Many rich and famous people would come to visit the Neverland Ranch. Here, you can see Paris out at a fashion show with Gigi Hadid more recently. Mohammed Hadid would come to the ranch to visit with his kids when they were younger.

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Sisters Gigi and Bella Hadid are still close friends with Paris Jackson. The Jackson kids were homeschooled up until Michael passed away. Because they didn’t get to socialize with other kids conventionally – at school – these social opportunities were really important to them.

Fun fact: Macaulay Culkin and Elizabeth Taylor are Prince and Paris’s, godparents.

Just Trying to be Normal

Since Jackson frequently covered his kids’ faces in public, they were often photographed wearing masks. You can run, but you can’t hide from the paparazzi. There were occasional moments where pictures of the children would surface, and they’re not wearing masks. I’m certain the singer didn’t expect to encounter photographers on those days.

Michael Jackson standing on stage
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They look like they are casually walking around like a regular family, which is exactly what Michael wanted. It’s sad to look at this photo, knowing that it was probably one of the last times the kids got to hang out with their father before he passed away at the early age of 50. At least they have a childhood full of memories to cherish.

The King of Pop Dies

Michael Jackson died of an accidental prescription drug overdose in his North Carolwood Drive home in the Holmby Hills neighborhood in Los Angeles. The world lost a musical icon on June 25th, 2009, but those kids lost their father. At the time, the singer was happy, doing well, and getting ready to perform a concert at the Staples Center.

Michael Jackson
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So, when news broke about the singing legend’s death, the world was in complete shock. Understandably, the kids stayed under the radar and weren’t seen publically during that difficult time. They stayed away from the media and stayed home with the family to comfort them. They were so young at the time, and this was a lot for anybody to deal with.

Coping with a Family Tragedy

Michael Jackson’s death was a sudden and devastating shock for the whole family (and the entire world). After her son’s death, Michael’s mother, Katherine Jackson, stepped in and took care of Prince Paris and Blanket. Jackson’s 40-year old nephew and the kid’s co-guardian, TJ Jackson, also helped out during this time.

Michael Jackson with his mother, Katherine Jackson, in 1974
Michael Jackson and Katherine Jackson in 1974. Photo by Globe Photos / mediapunch / Shutterstock

Thankfully, the kids had their grandmother Katherine, and their aunts, uncles, and cousins all around to support them. They still had a lot of challenges ahead of them, like adjusting to living in a world without their dad. The father that loved them supported them and was there for each and every one since the moment they were born.

Staples Center Memorial Service

On July 7th, 2009, twelve days after his death, a public memorial service was held at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California, for Michael Jackson. This was the first real moment when the world got to truly see the king of pop’s children. The kids were so young at the time, and people really felt their sadness.

Brooke Sheilds, Janet Jackson, Prince Michael Jackson II, La Toya Jackson, Prince Michael Jackson I, and Paris Jackson at the Staples Center for Michael's memorial service.
Brooke Sheilds, Janet Jackson, Prince Michael Jackson II, La Toya Jackson, Prince Michael Jackson I, and Paris Jackson at the memorial services for Michael. Source: Shutterstock

Paris was just 11 years old at the time, and when she went on stage to speak, there wasn’t a dry eye in the room. Jackson’s only daughter said: “I just wanted to say, ever since I was born, Daddy has been the best father you could ever imagine. And I just wanted to say I love him so much.” Just reading those words is giving me the chills.

Getting Better Everyday

The kids had no choice but to adjust to this new life and the new normal. In 2011, Aunt Latoya Jackson said: “The children are doing so well. Michael put masks on them to protect them and to keep them safe from anyone who wanted to hurt him. He’s gone now. The first thing my mother did was say to them, ‘Today we’re unmasking you. Today the masks come off.'”

Michael Joseph Jackson Jr, Paris Jackson, and Prince Michael Jackson II.
Michael Joseph Jackson Jr, Paris Jackson, and Prince Michael Jackson II. Photo by David Fisher / Shutterstock

Eventually, Katherine moved the kids to a gated community close to Calabasas. That’s when Prince, Paris, and Blanket started attending regular public school. It gave them a chance to socialize with other kids instead of being homeschooled. Being distracted and focused on school helped them cope with the loss.

Lifetime Achievement Award

One of the very first times Michael Jackson’s kids were seen at a fancy celebrity event was in 2010. Prince and Paris were at the Grammys to accept their father’s Lifetime Achievement Award. Both of the kids wore black clothes with red armbands in honor of their father.

La Toya Jackson and Stefano Cecchi holding the Lifetime Achievement Award for Michael Jackson in April 2010
La Toya Jackson and Stefano Cecchi accepting the Lifetime Achievement Award for Michael. Photo by Jimmy McGrath / Shutterstock

The siblings went up on stage and proudly accepted the award that was presented to them by singer Lionel Ritchie. Don’t worry about Blanket; he wasn’t left out. The youngest Jackson kid did attend the event, except the eight-year-old stayed in the seats holding on to a toy. He was too young to take the stage but was still there to support his father.

Prince’s Dreams

Prince Jackson got the performance gene from his dad and tried to make his own way in the entertainment industry. In 2013, he finally made it to our TV screens when 16-year-old Prince appeared on Entertainment Tonight as a guest correspondent. Prince had a great time and wanted to pursue a career in show business.

Prince Jackson on Entertainment Tonight
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The oldest Jackson expressed his interest in getting involved in the industry. He may not be a singer like his father, but he is a performer; he would just rather do it on screen than on stage. Prince is willing to work hard to achieve his goals, saying, “I’m looking to become well-rounded as a producer, director, screenwriter, and actor.

Acting Debut in 90210 Finale

In addition to appearing on Entertainment Tonight, 2013 was also the year Prince Jackson made his official acting debut. He was featured on an episode of the teen drama show, 90210. Prince got the opportunity to star alongside the main cast in the series finale, where he played a concertgoer who fell off the stage and got injured.

Prince Jackson in 90210
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Even though his appearance was a cameo, the aspiring 16-year-old actor got to speak his first acting lines opposite Jessica Stroup, the actress who played Silver throughout the series. Not bad for a first-timer. It was a good way for this rising star to get his foot through the doors of Hollywood (and I’m sure his last name doesn’t hurt).

Quite the Businessman

As we mentioned, Prince Jackson had dreams of becoming a popular producer, but that doesn’t mean he doesn’t value education. Prince was determined to study hard to garnish success. In fact, he enrolled at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles. Many other famous faces have attended the university, including Alyssa Milano and Paris Hilton.

Prince Jackson in 2019
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Prince originally wanted to pursue acting and major in film, but he ultimately chose business instead. This was a smart move because Prince can still work in entertainment. Savvy businessmen are always needed in the film industry. He graduated with honors and is really growing up to be a stand-up man and sets a great example for his younger siblings.

Prince and Bigi’s YouTube Channel

After he graduated from college, 22-year-old Prince made an announcement. He revealed that he and Blanket (who now goes by Bigi), are coming out with their own YouTube channel, where the brothers will be reviewing movies. They launched their channel on a high note reviewing the smash hit Avengers: Endgame.

Prince and his brother reviewing Avengers: Endgame
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Price took a screenshot from the video to Instagram and wrote, “We are very excited to announce that we are starting a movie review channel. Right now, you can go see our first ever video on my YouTube channel (link in bio).” The brothers have continued to post videos, so if you want to get to know the Jackson boys a little more, check out their YouTube channel.

A Good Big Brother

Prince proved that he is taking his big brother role very seriously when he chose to make videos with Bigi. He always seems to be extremely devoted to his family. You can see the huge smile on his face when he poses for pictures alongside his siblings. I guess after their father died, he wants Paris and Bigi to know they still always have someone there for them.

Paris Jackson, Prince Jackson, and Bigi Jackson at Michael Jacksons memorial service
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Bigi is known for being quiet and spent a significant part of his young life avoiding the spotlight. That’s why it’s inspiring to see his big brother encouraging him and bringing him out of his shell. In their YouTube videos, you can see the two brothers goofing around talking about comic books and pizza. There is no doubt that Prince is a wonderful influence on Bigi.

Ready For Motown

Prince and Paris Jackson walked the red carpet together in 2019 for the Ryan Gordy Foundation’s ’60 Years of Motown’ celebratory event at the Waldorf Astoria in Beverly Hills. The Jackson siblings even gave a speech there together, but Prince wasn’t Paris’s only date. Gabriel Glenn, a musician, and Paris’s longtime boyfriend, also attended the event with the Jacksons.

Paris an Prince Jackson at the 60 years of Motown celebration
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However, no one can ever replace her brother. They frequently post photos together and have a good relationship. I can only imagine that their unique upbringing and the death of their father brought them closer together. Paris and Prince have each other to lean on, and at the end of the day, that’s all the support they need.

Overcoming Hardships

When her father suddenly died, Paris was 11 years old and completely traumatized. The death came as a major shock and Paris spoke up about it as an adult. She explained how hard it was for her to cope without her father in her life. During an interview with Rolling Stone, the model revealed that she felt as though she couldn’t do anything right and struggled with self-hatred.

Paris Jackson at the Vanity Fair Oscar Party in February 2020
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It was a rough time for such a girl. Thankfully, she had a great support team of friends and family supporting her the whole way. With the help of her loved ones, Paris was able to overcome the difficulties she faced. Now, she is happy with her relationships and career.

A Much-Needed Change

During her troubled years, the family wanted to put Paris in the best position to help her. The ultimately decided that the right course of action would be for Paris to go to a therapeutic school in Utah for her sophomore and junior years of high school. The school ended up being really good for her. It was a refreshing change that she needed.

Paris Jackson in 2012
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In 2015, Paris graduated from college. The middle Jackson kid briefly enrolled in community college, but then she changed her mind. She wanted to focus on her career and start working. The aspiring model made the correct choice. It didn’t take long for this stunner to catch the eye of modeling agencies and fashion designers all around the globe.

A Modeling Career Begins

It’s obvious that Paris inherited good looks. She has a naturally elegant way of holding herself and incredibly piercing eyes. Anyone would be lucky to have this beauty modeling for them, and in 2017 the lucky agency to sign her was IMG Models. Paris was quickly whisked it into a glamourous world of photo shoots, fashion weeks, and catwalks.

Paris Jackson, 2018
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The starlet used her talent and beauty to make a name for herself in her own right. Paris started feeling the success of her hard work when she made the cover of Australia’s July issue of Vogue. Now, the impressive model is invited to walk red carpets all over the world. Good for her! She’s come a long way.

A Good Role Model

When Paris was featured in Vogue Australia, the blue-eyed beauty took the opportunity to discuss her dreams and goals, saying: “I really want to leave a positive imprint in the fashion world, mostly regarding the media and the stereotypical beauty standard that is blasted all over every magazine you see.”

Paris Jackson at a fashion show
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It’s always refreshing to see aspiring stars positively using their platform. Paris went on to tell the magazine that she wants to be a good influence and role model, stating, “I already have many young girls looking up to me, and I want to be something their parents are okay with them looking up to.”

The Soundflowers

Paris is obviously garnishing success as a model, but that’s not all she is. The talented Jackson has music in her DNA! Paris shows off her musical abilities when she performs in her band The Soundflowers, alongside her longtime boyfriend, Gabriel Glenn. Paris plays acoustic guitar, and it’s not surprising to find out she sings, too.

Paris Jackso and Gabriel Glenn were performing together as 'The Soundflowers.'
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The Soundflowers is a hippie-inspired folk band. In fall 2019, Paris and the band played a variety of shows called The Full Moon Tour, up the length of the Pacific Coast Highway. Paris really sticks to the hippie style of the band, often performing barefoot and bellbottom jeans. She’s lucky that she has music because it’s like a part of her dad will always be with her.

Tattoo Lover

As soon as she was of legal age to get tattoos, Paris started getting them. She currently has at least 16 of them. The girl loves her ink and is a big fan of animal tattoos. The girl basically has an entire zoo on her body with animals, including a bird, snake, deer, elephant, goat, wolf, rabbit, peacock, and monkey. She also has a heart and an eye.

Paris Jackson in 2019 with her tattoos showing
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Paris also has two tattoos that are dedicated to Bigi, her little brother. Back in September 2016, Paris scheduled a tattoo session where she got his initial “B” tattooed in white ink and the Millennium Falcon spaceship from the Star Wars movies in black ink.

Dad’s 60th Birthday Celebration

Even though Michael Jackson passed away over a decade ago, his children honor him every day. Just because he wasn’t alive for his 60th birthday didn’t mean that his kids weren’t going to celebrate it. In 2018, Prince and Paris accepted the Elizabeth Taylor Legacy Award on behalf of their dad for his humanitarian work with the Elizabeth Taylor Aids Foundation. What a way to celebrate a legend’s birthday.

Paris Jackson and Michael Joseph Jackson Jr at Michael Jackson's 60th Birthday celebration
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The pair decided to go with bright and iconic looks for the party, which took place at Mandalay Bay in Los Angeles. The sibling duo wore custom-made matching sneakers with “Tribute” bedazzled into the sole. That’s one way to celebrate their dad’s iconic life.

Paris Goes to Paris

In January 2020, Paris went to Paris Fashion Week, where she made her fashion week runway debut. The model walked for Paul Gaultier Haute Couture Spring/Summer 20202 collection. Paris got in at the perfect time because this was the fashion designer’s last show ever. The model did an impressive job working it.

Paris Jackson on the catwalk, January 2020
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The collection dynamic and filled with bright colors, which is right up Paris’s alley. The bohemian accessories and vibrant designs fit her sense of style beautifully. A whole string of celebrities was featured from Dita Von Teese to Paris’s childhood friend’s Gigi and Bella Hadid. Hippie chick Paris was comfortable in the style and killed it on the runway.

Mark Lester

Michael Jackson’s friends, specifically Mark Lester (from the movie Oliver!) as responsible for fueling rumors and allegations against Michael not being the real father of his children. Lester claimed that the king of pop asked him to donate sperm. Apparently, since Lester had four children, Michael was convinced he’s fertile.

Mark Lester with Lorraine Kelly on the 'Lorraine' TV show with the screen behind them showing a large photograph of Michael Jackson
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“I thought it was a joke at first,” Lester explained. On This Morning, he was asked which of his kids actually have his DNA, and Lester answered: “Regardless of who the so-called biological father is or whatever, Michael raised those children as his own.” So basically, DNA or not, all three of those kids are Michael Jackson’s. At the end of the day, genes don’t matter; love does.

The Favorite Child

Every kid likes to think that they are their parent’s favorite child, and Paris Jackson is no different. When it comes to her father, Paris Jackson believes she is the favorite. I’m not trying to cause any sibling rivalry here, but Paris is convinced she was her daddy’s pride and joy. I can believe Jackson had a soft spot for his only daughter, but you can tell he loved all three of his children.

Paris Jackson at the Dior Sauvage party in 2018
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However, being the only girl comes with some perks. Paris was treated like a queen. They had a special bond, and Michael always tried to keep her safe and protected. She said that he spoiled her so much, and after he passed away, it was a hard social learning curve.

Bigi Jackson

As you can imagine, Blanket got bullied a lot growing up because of his unusual name. That’s why in 2015, Blanket decided to change his name to Bigi. The name comes from German origin and means sensitive, inspirational, and idealistic. It seems pretty appropriate for the shy young Jackson.

Bigi Jackson with Paris behind him
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Sources close to the family told People Magazine that Bigi is, in fact, very “shy around people he doesn’t know.” However, the little guy is now at his LA private school, where he feels “confident.” He’s been getting good grades, played sports, and hung out with friends. It looks like the new name gave him a new sense of confidence.

Little Biggie Grows Up

Bigi was only seven years old when he lost his father. He subsequently avoided the spotlight during his teenage years. He goes to high school, and despite being born into an extraordinary family, Bigi tries his best to live a normal teenage life. He loves comics and the entire comic book universe.

Prince and Bigi Jackson (on the right) in 2019
Prince and Bigi Jackson (right). Photo by Christopher Polk / Shutterstock

In February 2020, Little Bigi Jackson turned 18 years old. Paris wrote on Instagram, “My little brother is a legal adult today. I used to change his diapers. This is such a trip… proud of the handsome, intelligent, insightful, funny, and kind young man he has become.” It’s really inspiring to see how close the siblings are and how they continue to support each other.