As the two-and-a-half year anniversary of Michael Jackson‘s death approaches, The King of Pop’s kids are moving forward, with bright promise for all three.
Prince, 14, Paris, 13, and 9 year-old Blanket recently attended a taping of The X Factor, checked out the Las Vegas opening of Michael Jackson: The Immortal World Tour by Cirque du Soleil and the Michael Jackson Fan Fest memorabilia exhibit. They are all keeping pretty busy and, “They’re doing well,” their uncle Marlon tells People.
Paris even recently landed her first acting role in the film Lundon’s Bridge and The Three Keys.
The kids’ grandmother Katherine can also be credited for much of their well-being. She has been raising the three since their father’s death. “My grandmother is 81, but she’s very hands-on,” says their first cousin Genevieve, Randy’s daughter.
Despite Jackson’s estate continuing to amass a fortune ($445 million in the past two years) and their immense trust fund – reportedly multi-million dollars for each when they turn 30 – the kids are apparently leading relatively normal lives.
After years of home-schooling, Prince and Paris now attend a private school. “They love the social aspect of it,” says a family insider, adding Prince is “a great student” and “really popular with the girls.” Paris, meanwhile, plays on the boys’ flag-football team but isn’t dating. Explains the insider: “She’s got too many uncles keeping an eye on her.”
Shy baby brother Blanket, whose real name is Prince Michael II, is schooled at their seven-bedroom Calabasas, Calif. home, where he’s also been getting an education in baking. “He likes cooking,” says the insider. “He’ll make cakes and cupcakes. The staff chef helps him.”
But the real passion for all three kids is continuing in their father’s entertainment legacy. While Paris is now focused on acting, her brothers are interested in the big screen. “Prince and Blanket want to be directors,” says Genevieve, a music artist. “They make home movies together and recruit their cousins to act in them.” She adds, “The cousins are all very close.”
Having that bond is how the Jackson 3 remain grounded, says their uncle Jackie. “They stay with the family. That’s what it’s about. We keep a close watch on them.”