Who is Michael Jackson?
Michael Jackson was an American singer, songwriter, and dancer. He is widely recognized as a multi-talented entertainer who is also regarded as the “King of Pop”. Throughout his career, Michael Jackson influenced artists across many genres through his singing, stage and video performances. To date, Michael Jackson has remained the most awarded individual music artist in history.
Michael Jackson’s full name is Michael Joseph Jackson. He was born on August 29, 1958, in Gary, Indiana, the United States as the eighth child of ten children. The singer died on June 25, 2009, in Los Angeles, California, the United States at the age of 50. His father, Joseph Walter “Joe” Jackson was a former boxer and a crane operator at U.S Steel. He also played the guitar with a local RnB band called “The Falcons” to support his family.
Joe Walter Jackson died on June 27, 2018, in Nathan Adelson Hospice, Las Vagas, Nevada, United States.
Michael Jackson’s mother, Katherine Esther Jackson (née Scruse) was a part-time worker at Sears, an American chain of department stores, and an aspiring country and western performer.
Michael grew up alongside eight siblings – three sisters and five brothers. He also has a half-sister named Joh’ Vonnie Jackson from his father’s relationship with Cheryl Terrell, an American retired secretary. One of his brothers, Brandon Jackson who happened to be a twin to his sixth brother Marlon died shortly after his birth in 1957. Michael Jackson and his four brothers were in a band formed by their father, called ” The Jackson 5″. “Jackson 5” recorded several songs, performed at clubs and cocktail lounges, and even won a talent show.
About Michael Jackson’s siblings
|Maureen Reillette Jackson-Brown||72||Female|
|Sigmund Esco “Jackie” Jackson||71||Male|
|Jermaine La Juane Jackson||67||Male|
|Toriano AdaryII “Tito” Jackson||68||Male|
|La Toya Yvonne Jackson||66||Female|
|Marlon David Jackson||65||Male|
|Brandon David Jackson (Late)||–||Male|
|Steven Randall Jackson||60||Male|
|Janet Damita Jo Jackson||56||Female|
a. Maureen Reillette Jackson-Brown popularly known as “Rebbie” is the eldest child of Jackson’s family. She is an American singer who was born on May 29, 1950, in Gary, Indiana, United States. She is 72 years old as of July 2022. Rebbie started a solo career in the 1990s after releasing her debut album in 1984. In 1986, she got married to Nathaniel Brown who had been her childhood sweetheart. Unfortunately, Nathaniel died in 2013, but the union was blessed with three children, Austin Brown, Yashi Brown, and Stacee Brown.
b. Sigmund Esco Jackson popularly known as “Jackie Jackson” is the eldest son of the Jackson family. He is an American singer and songwriter widely recognized as a founding member of the Jackson 5 band. He was born on May 4, 1951, in Gary, Indiana, United States. He is 71 years old as of July 2022. Jackie Jackson is also a producer who has produced film soundtracks for movies like “Touch and Go” and “The Running Man”.
c. Jermaine La Juane Jackson is the second son of Jackson’s family. He is an American singer and songwriter born on December 11, 1954, in Gary, Indiana, United States. He is 67 years old as of July 2022.
d. Toriano AdaryII Jackson popularly known as “Tito” is the third son of the Jackson family. He is an American singer and songwriter who was an original member of the Jackson 5 band. He was born on October 15, 1953, in Gary, Indiana, United States. He is 68 years old as of July 2022.
e. LaToya Yvonne Jackson is the second daughter of the Jackson family. She is an American singer, songwriter, actress, businesswoman, and television personality. She was born on May 29, 1956, in Gary, Indiana, United States. She is 66 years old as of July 2022. LaToya started her career as a backup singer for the Jackson 5 and ever since then, she has always been the most outspoken child of the family. According to reports, LaToya once accused her father of abuse in her 1991 memoir, “Growing Up In Jackson’s Family”.
f. Marlon David Jackson is the sixth child of the Jackson family. He is an American entertainer, singer, and dancer best known as a member of the Jackson 5. He was born on March 12, 1957, in Gary, Indiana, United States. He is 65 years old as of July 2022.
g. Brandon Jackson was the seventh child of the Jackson family. He was Marlon’s twin. Brandon was also born on March 12, 1957, in Gary, Indiana, the United States as Marlon but he died shortly after his death.
h. Steven Randall Jackson popularly known as Randy Jackson is an American singer, songwriter, musician, and dancer. He was born on October 29, 1961, in Gary, Indiana, United States. He is 60 years old as of July 2022. Steven is the co-founder of Total Multi-Media Inc, an art and entertainment company, and Rhythm Records.
i. Janet Damita Jo Jackson is the youngest child of the Jackson family. Janet Jackson is the second most popular child of the Jackson family. She was born on May 16, 1966, in Gary, Indiana, United States. She is 56 years old as of July 2022. Janet Jackson is well known for her elaborate shows and sexually provocative records.
j. Joh’ Vonnie Jackson is the half-sister of Michael Jackson. She was born on August 30, 1974. She is 47 years old as of July 2022. Not much is known about her.
Michael Jackson’s cause of death
On June 25, 2009, Michael Jackson died in Los Angeles, California, United States after suffering from cardiac arrest. His cause of death is ruled as propofol and benzodiazepine overdose. The medications were prescribed to him by his doctor, Conrad Murray. Michael Jackson was 50 when he died.
Michael Jackson’s marriage and wedding
Before his death, Michael Jackson’s relationships and marriages were the subjects of public and media attention countless times. The legendary king of pop was married twice. His first marriage was to American singer, Lisa Marie Presley while his second was to American dermatology assistant, Deborah Jeanne Rowe. However, before and after his marriages to these women, Michael Jackson had been in several controversial relationships with other women. Michael Jackson also faced multiple accusations of being a pedophilic gay man in the media.
List of Michael Jackson’s girlfriends/relationships
- Michael Jackson and Tatum O’Neal dated in 1979.
- Michael Jackson and Brooke Shields dated in 1981.
- Michael Jackson and Tatiana Thumbtzen had a brief relationship in 1988.
- Michael Jackson and Diana Ross dated in 1969, according to reports.
- Michael Jackson and Madonna dated briefly in 1991, according to reports.
- Michael Jackson and Shana Mangatal dated in 1996.
- Michael Jackson and Whitney Houston Dated in 1991.
- Michael Jackson and Lisa Marie Presley got married in 1992.
- Michael Jackson and Debbie Rowe got married in 1996.
About Michael Jackson and Lisa Maria Presley’s marriage
Lisa Marie Presley is an American singer and businesswoman. She is the only child of popular American actor, Elvis Presley, and his wife actress Priscilla Presley. She was born on February 1, 1968, in Memphis, Tennessee, United States. She is 54 years old as of July 2022. According to reports, Lisa Marie was seven years old when she first met Michael Jackson in 1975 who was performing as part of the Jackson 5 band in Las Vegas. However, they did not get to know each other until 1992 when they had dinner with a mutual friend in Los Angeles. At that time, Lisa was married to American singer Danny Keough with whom she shares two children, Riley and Benjamin. Later on, Lisa and Michael Jackson quickly became friends and often talked on the phone, but their relationship didn’t go beyond that.
However, in 1993, the “King of Pop” was accused of sexually abusing a 13-year-old boy which he completely denied. It was later reported that he turned to Lisa for support and despite the ongoing investigation of the sexual abuse case, he proposed to her over the phone. He simply popped the question “If I asked you to marry me, would you do it?” and then Lisa replied, “I would do it”. The pair eventually got married on May 26, 1994, in a 15-minute ceremony in La Vega in the Dominican Republic.
According to Michael Jackson, the wedding felt empty because his mother, Katherine Jackson wasn’t there and he knew the wedding had to be on a low-profile otherwise the press would have turned it into a disaster. Months after their wedding, Lisa Marie released a statement on August 1, 1994, confirming their marriage.
The statement reads:
My married name is Mrs. Lisa Marie Presley-Jackson. My marriage to Michael Jackson took place in a private ceremony outside the United Stated months ago. I am very much in love with Michael and I dedicate my life to being his wife we look forward to raising a family together.
Despite the genuine connection they both shared, the marriage lasted less than two years, and by January 1996, Lisa filed for divorce. In a later interview, Lisa disclosed that they spent four more years after their divorce getting back together, talking about breaking up and breaking up. After her divorce from Michael, Lisa Marie had a series of other marriages and relationships, two of which produced her four children.
About Michael Jackson and Debbie Rowe’s marriage
Deborah Jeanne Rowe popularly addressed as Debbie Rowe is an American dermatology assistant widely recognized for her marriage to Michael Jackson. She was born on December 6, 1958, in Spokane, Washington, United States. She is 63 years old as of July 2022. Debbie Rowe is the second woman Michael Jackson married.
Michael Jackson and Debbie Rowe first met in 1996 while Debbie worked as a dermatology assistant at a dermatology clinic run by renowned skin specialist, Dr Arnold Klein. According to Debbie, Michael was divorced, lonely, and wanted children so she offered to have his babies. Debbie Rowe revealed she offered the pop star her womb and later on, they got married at an unusual ceremony in Sydney, Australia. The wedding which was attended by a few people took place at the Sheraton Grand Sydney Hyde Park Hotel in Australia on November 13, 1996, while Michael was on tour for his HIStory album.
At the wedding, Michael’s best man was an eight-year-old boy named “Anthony” who he claimed was his nephew. Unlike his previous marriage to Lisa Marie Presley, his marriage to Debbie Rowe produced two children. Barely a year after their relationship, Debbie Rowe requested a divorce from Michael and it was finalized on October 8, 1999, and a settlement was reached. Debbie reportedly received a sum of $10 million in the settlement and gave Michael Jackson full custody of her two children. In 2006, the pair reached yet another settlement giving her access to her children. After Michael Jackson’s death, a new settlement was reached giving Debbie more visitation rights to her children.
About Michael Jackson and Diana Ross’s relationship
Diana Ernestine Earle Ross popularly known as Diana Ross is an American singer and actress. She was born on March 26, 1944, in Detroit, Michigan, United States. She is 78 years old as of July 2022. Michael and Diana Ross first met in 1969 when the Jackson 5 was signed to Motown. According to reports, Motown’s founder, Berry Gordy had an affair with Diana with whom she had a daughter out of wedlock. Michael’s love for Diana started as a childhood crush and later developed into a teenage infatuation and they only became close when Michael Jackson came of age.
Michael Jackson had always idolized Diana Ross and thought of her as the perfect woman. Diana Ross was reportedly his mother, friend, and lover. According to reports, Michael had wanted to marry Diana Ross but marrying her would have killed their careers as the wide age gap between them would have stirred a lot of controversies. Although the age gap was never an issue for Michael, Diana Ross could not overcome the taboo of the gap, knowing very well that Michael was still a child to her.
The connection between the pair was so strong that even after Michael died in 2009, Diana Ross still defends him and remembers him on his birthday every year. There were reports that Michael had wanted Diana to be the second in line to take care of his kids while he was gone. According to information gathered by DNB Stories Africa, Diana Ross is the mother of popular American actress, Tracee Joy Silberstein, popularly known as Tracee Ellis Ross.
About Michael Jackson and Brooke Shields’ relationship
Brooke Shields is an American actress and model born on May 31, 1965, in Manhattan, New York, United States. She is 57 years old as of July 2022.
Brooke Shields and Michael Jackson first met in 1978 while they were still kids and from there on, they built a connection and remained friends for years. In 1981, Michael professed his love for Brooke Shields, revealing that he was privately dating the actress. At a point, the pair were considering marriage but it never came to fruition. Brooke Shields revealed that she once told Michael he had her for the rest of his life and he didn’t need to marry her. She further revealed she was going to go on and do her life and have her marriage and kids but will always be there for him. According to information gathered by DNB Stories Africa, Brooke Shields is currently married to American producer, Chris Henchy with whom she has two children named Rowan and Grier.
Michael Jackson’s children
Right before his death, Michael Jackson fathered three children. Their names are Michael Joseph Jackson Jr, Paris Jackson, and Prince Michael Jackson II. His first two children came from his second wife, Debbie Rowe, while his last child was birthed by an unknown surrogate mother.
|Michael Joseph Jackson Jr.||25||Male||Debbie Rowe|
|Paris-Michael Katherine Jackson||24||Female||Debbie Rowe|
|Prince Michael Jackson II||20||Male||Unknown surrogate mother|
About Michael Jackson’s children
a. Michael Joseph Jackson Jr popularly known as Prince is the oldest of Michael Jackson’s children. He was born on February 13, 1997, at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. He is 25 years old as of July 2022. As a baby, Michael Jr was nicknamed “Prince” and was taken care of by several nurses and nannies at Neverland Ranch. The 25-year-old has appeared on various TV shows and is the founder of the Heal Los Angeles Charity to continue his father’s “Heal The World” initiative.
b. Paris-Michael Katherine Jackson is the second child and only daughter of Michael Jackson. She was born on April 3, 1998, in Beverly Hills, California, United States. She is 24 years old as of July 2022. Paris Jackson is an American singer, model, and actress. As a model, Paris has signed contracts with IMG models and has appeared in movies like “Gringo” and “The Space Between”. She is also one half of the musical duo “The Soundflowers” where she sings under the name “PK Dragonfly”. Paris Jackson has always spoken about her struggles with depression and substance abuse in the past.
c. Prince Michael Jackson II popularly known as “Blanket” is the youngest child of Michael Jackson who was born to an unknown surrogate mother. He was born on February 21, 2002, in Sharp Grossmont Hospital, La Mesa, California, United States. He is 20 years old as of June 2022. According to reports, the 20-year-old later changed his name to Bigi Jackson.
Michael Jackson’s sexual allegations
Before and after his death, Michael Jackson was the subject of multiple sexual abuse accusations and police investigations. It all started in December 1986 when Michael met James Safechuck, a 13-year-old California boy on a Pepsi ad set. James was hired to appear in a Pepsi commercial alongside Michael Jackson. Afterwards, James Safechuck disclosed that Michael had befriended him after the ad began airing and had been extremely generous to him and began lavishing him with gifts.
James Safechuck further revealed that Michael began flying him and his family for visits and on vacations, and on one of those visits to Hawaii, Michael asked him to sleep on his bed. In August 1993, the police began an investigation with claims that Michael Jackson might have molested the young boy. However, the police found no concrete evidence and in 1993, James’ family filed a lawsuit against Michael but the singer denied all claims.
That same year, Michael’s elder sister, LaToya Jackson came out to say that the allegations against her brother were true. She also claimed that she and her siblings were sexually abused by their parents. LaToya later revoked her allegations against her brother in 2011, saying that she was forced to make them by her husband whom she also accused of being abusive.
About Michael Jackson’s death
On June 25, 2009, less than three weeks before his “This is it” show was due to begin in London, Michael Jackson died from cardiac arrest as a result of a propofol and benzodiazepine overdose given to him by his physician, Conrad Murray.
According to reports, Conrad Murray had given him the medication to help him sleep well at night. Shortly after, Michael was not breathing and a CPR was performed, but all revival efforts proved unsuccessful and the star singer was pronounced dead. News of Michael Jackson’s death quickly spread online, causing major websites to slow down and some crashing. His memorial was held on July 7, 2009, at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, United States.
The memorial was followed by a family service at Forest Lawn Memorial Park’s Hall of Liberty, Glendale, California, United States. The service was one of the most streamed events in history as over one million fans applied for tickets to the memorial. Celebrities like Mariah Carey, Jennifer Hudson, Lionel Richie, and Shaheen Jafargholi all performed at the memorial. On September 3, 2009, Michael’s body was laid to rest at Forest Lawn Memorial Park, California.
In 2010, a police investigation revealed that Conrad Murray had not been licensed to prescribe the medications. He was later found guilty of homicide on November 7, 2011, thereby receiving a four-year prison sentence.