The most bizarre stories surrounding Michael Jackson's kids

Given Michael Jackson's eccentric lifestyle while he was still alive, it should come as no surprise to know that his three children weren't raised in the most conventional ways. But things haven't changed much since the King of Pop's passing. In fact, you can't help but wonder how the "Thriller" would have reacted to his daughter's scandalous relationships, continuous online feuding, and suicide attempt. 

And what about his son, Prince, perhaps suggesting that Michael isn't his real dad? Surely that would at least elicit a flabbergasted "Shamone!" from The Gloved One, right? 

While it's true that these kids aren't turning their homes into amusement parks, paling around with a chimp named Bubbles, or sleeping in hyperbaric chambers, Paris, Prince, and Blanket Jackson have continued to keep the mysterious family legacy alive over the years in their own eccentric ways. These are the most bizarre stories surrounding Michael Jackson's kids.

Who's Prince's daddy?

After years of speculation, Michael's eldest child, Prince, addressed rumors that the King of Pop may not be his biological father. TMZ reported on Oct. 22, 2015 that Prince had a heated Twitter exchange with a troll who expressed doubt over the firstborn's paternity. Prince seemed to acknowledge the troll's suspicion with his cryptic response: "The blood of the covenant is thicker than the water of the womb…I was raised by my dad with my brother and sister." As TMZ noted, this became arguably the closest evidence that Prince may be fathered by someone else. And speaking of…

It's probably not this guy

According to TMZ, the aforementioned Twitter troll who was harassing Prince also brought up the long-standing rumor that Dr. Arnie Klein is Prince's real father. Klein fueled said rumors in 2013 when he shared an old photo on Facebook (via TMZ) of him and Prince, who look very much alike, with the caption, "Hmmmmm."

Klein — who was Michael's dermatologist and close friend for years — has long been rumored to have fathered the entertainer's children with Michael's ex-wife, Debbie Rowe, who once worked for Klein as an assistant, reported TMZ. Klein denied the gossip in a 2009 interview with Diane Sawyer on Good Morning America. TMZ claims it has confirmed neither Klein nor Michael is Prince's real father. Sadly, this mystery may have gone to the grave because Klein died of natural causes in October 2015.

Did Michael father any of these kids?

Five days after Michael's death, TMZ reported that the late music icon was not the biological father of any of his three children, nor was Debbie Rowe the mother of the two kids to which she gave birth. According to sources, neither Michael's sperm nor Rowe's eggs were used for the embryos that became Prince and Paris. Sources claim Blanket was conceived by a surrogate who did not know she was carrying the King of Pop's baby. Michael's lawyer picked Blanket up from the hospital and delivered him to Michael, reported TMZ. Blanket's mother is rumored to be a Mexican nurse named Helena, according to the Mirror.

Curiously enough, in the midst of a wrongful death lawsuit against AEG Live, Michael's mother, Katherine Jackson, fought the court to prevent it from hearing evidence about the conception of Jackson's children. Weird, no?

Paris attempted suicide

In early June 2013, Paris was rushed to the hospital after allegedly attempting suicide. A subsequent report from TMZ alleged she left a suicide note the night of the incident and proceeded to cut her arm with a meat cleaver and take "a large number of Motrin pills." During her suicide attempt, Paris reportedly phoned a suicide hotline; the person on the other end of the phone deemed her situation dire enough to notify police, according to TMZ. She was placed on a 5150 psychiatric hold for 72 hours at the hospital.

TMZ reported the following month that Paris' suicide attempt was preceded by feelings of abandonment from family members in the wake of her father's death. People magazine also reported that she had checked into the psych ward at the UCLA Medical Center months prior for depression.

Addiction may run in the family

In February 2016, Paris allegedly posted a rant to Instagram in which she revealed to the world that she was attending alcoholics anonymous meetings. "This is f***ing ridiculous. I am expected to literally sit on my a** all day replying to comments people leave me (positive and negative)?" a 17-year-old Paris posted in response to critical fans, according to the New York Daily News. "I have AA meetings to go to. Family obligations. PERSONAL obligations. It's so f***ing selfish that I am literally attacked on every f***ing thing I post just because people that I DON'T EVEN KNOW aren't getting what they want. I don't know any of you." 

Beyond the admission that she'd been attending AA meetings, Paris' post was especially troubling to friends and family, as cyberbullying had reportedly been one of the catalysts for her attempted suicide in 2013. In June 2016, Radar Online reported that Jackson's family had grown concerned that she may relapse after she was allegedly photographed buying beer.

One rehab wanted no parts of Jackson drama

Less than one month after her June 2013 suicide attempt, Paris requested to be transferred from the UCLA Medical Center to a private rehab facility in Utah. According to TMZ, her request was reportedly rejected by the facility over fears that "photogs will go crazy and take pictures of not only Paris but other patients at the facility." Sources told the tab that the UCLA Medical Center also wanted Paris to stay put because they believed she was still a danger to herself. A few weeks later, People magazine confirmed Paris had been transferred to an undisclosed residential treatment center.

Did Paris secretly get teen married?

Paris set the social media world ablaze in October 2015 after she allegedly changed her last name on her supposed Instagram account to Paris Jackson Castellaw. "Castellaw" was the last name of her semi-pro soccer boyfriend, Chester, whom she'd been seeing since April of that year. Some took it to mean the two teenagers had gotten married.

In light of the controversy, Paris posted a video to Castellaw's supposed Instagram page denying she had an Instagram account. "I was hoping you guys could help get the account on Instagram deleted," Paris said at the time (via Us Weekly). "I don't have a public account. Thank you so much."

Paris and Castellaw have since split, although the timeline of their break-up remains really, really confusing.

The boy with the confederate flag tattoo

Only months after splitting from Castellaw, Paris reportedly moved on with drummer Michael Snoddy. That relationship apparently hasn't sat well with Paris' family and fans, due in part to some of Snoddy's tattoos, which included the Confederate flag. According to Page Six, the tattoo prompted accusations that Snoddy was racist, to which Snoddy fired back, "There's a difference between Southern pride and racism."

By October 2016, the controversial tattoo had been covered up by inked-on flames. Even so, sources for Radar Online claim Snoddy has been a bad influence on Paris, who has spun "totally out of control." Paris and Snoddy were also subject to rumors that they were betrothed after the duo was spotted wearing what looked like wedding rings. Those rumors were quickly shot down.

That whole "Blanket over the balcony thing"

It has to hurt when the world knows you as "that baby Michael Jackson once dangled over a balcony." Sadly, that's the story Blanket is stuck with. In November 2002, when he was only 9 months old, Michael was greeting fans in Berlin while holding the rugrat. Instead of handing the baby off to a nanny or handler, Michael dangled the towel-covered tyke over his hotel balcony, simultaneously delighting and terrifying onlookers below. Jackson later called the incident a "terrible mistake," releasing a statement through his attorney saying, "I got caught up in the excitement of the moment. I would never intentionally endanger the lives of my children."

Paris got passionate about bullying

In September 2016, Paris posted a tearful and since-deleted video to her Instagram page targeting various online bullies. "I don't understand how there can be so much hatred in the world right now," she said. "I've tried sticking up for myself. I've tried the whole blocking the haters thing, not reading the comments, I've tried a lot of things. Ignoring it. But it's hard. It is, when there's so much of it."

Interestingly enough, the video — which, perhaps unintentionally, felt reminiscent of Chris Crocker's "Leave Britney alone!" viral clip — also referenced Paris' suicide attempt. "When I was 14 I got so much hatred that I tried to kill myself and I took, like, a two-year break from social media and then people asked me to come back, to make my Instagram public again, so I did. And nothing changed!" she said. "I'm just tired of it. I'm just really, really tired. And, I mean, I know I'm not the only one."

Is Paris going to buy Neverland Ranch?

In October 2016, Paris returned to her childhood home, the infamous Neverland Ranch. "Felt so good to be home," Jackson wrote of her trip, according to People. Shortly thereafter, sources for Radar Online claimed she was actually considering buying the Santa Barbara, Calif. estate, to which anyone who watched the 2003 television special Living with Michael Jackson might ask, but…why?

Paris Jackson: Conspiracy Theorist

Paris believes her father was murdered, and laid bare her theory in a January 2017 Rolling Stone interview. She "absolutely" thinks her dad was murdered by his doctor, Conrad Murray, and by concert promoters AEG Live, who she says worked her father "to death."

Paris recalled her father's "exhaustion" as rehearsals began for his This Is It tour in 2009, the year he passed away from a propofol overdose. "I'd tell him, 'Let's take a nap,' because he looked tired. We'd be in school, meaning downstairs in the living room, and we'd see dust falling from the ceiling and hear stomping sounds because he was rehearsing upstairs," she told the magazine. "AEG Live does not treat their performers right. They drain them dry and work them to death." AEG Live has denied those claims, and Michael's estate lost a wrongful death lawsuit against the company.

Dr. Murray was found guilty of involuntary manslaughter in connection with the King of Pop's death in 2011. "The trial had focused primarily on whether Dr. Murray was guilty of abdicating his duty or of acting with reckless criminal negligence, directing causing his patient's death." reported The New York Times. As far as an alleged murder conspiracy, Paris told Rolling Stone, "It's obvious. All arrows point to that. He would drop hints about people being out to get him…A lot of people [wanted him dead]," She added, "And at some point he was like, 'They're gonna kill me one day.' It sounds like a total conspiracy theory and it sounds like bulls**t, but all real fans and everybody in the family knows it. It was a setup. It was bulls**t."

Paris said her father's death both haunts her and makes her stronger. "They always say, 'Time heals,' but it really doesn't. You just get used to it," she told Rolling Stone. "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…I feel him with me all the time."

Is the family shielding a sexual predator?

In that same shocking Rolling Stone interview from January 2017, Paris also revealed that she was sexually assaulted by a much older "complete stranger" at age 14. "I don't wanna give too many details," she said. "But it was not a good experience at all, and it was really hard for me, and, at the time, I didn't tell anybody."

Making the situation even more troubling: family members may know who this so-called stranger was, and the alleged attacker could be praying on others. An insider told The Sun, "There is a belief among the family about exactly who this man is — and serious concern it is an individual with form for this type of behaviour." The source said, "It's horrific to see history repeating, which is why it would be far better for action to be taken. But Paris has made it clear she wants it to be the end of the matter."