Michael Jackson’s son Blanket ‘has stopped talking’ since child abuse allegations against father resurfaced
The young teen is so distraught by the latest allegations against his father that he has apparently 'stopped talking' and this is causing a lot to concern to the immediate family.
The entire Jackson family is pretty shaken at the aftermath of the controversial documentary 'Leaving Neverland', but there is one important member of the family who has gone mostly unnoticed as he comes to terms with stories and allegations that his father "may have been a pedophile".
Blanket Jackson, who was introduced to the world by his father dangling him from a hotel balcony, has since childhood shied away from the spotlight, keeping his distance from any public events. According to the Mirror, the 17-year-old is "devastated" by the allegations made by Wade Robson and James Safechuck in the HBO documentary.
Sources say that the young teen is so distraught by the latest allegations against his father that he has apparently "stopped talking" and this is causing a lot to concern to the immediate family.
Blanket, who prefers to be known as Biji, is currently looked after by his grandmother Katherine, and co-guardian TJ Jackson, who is Michael’s 40-year-old nephew. Speaking to the Victoria Derbyshire TV show, Taj Jackson revealed the depth of Blanket's sorrow.
He said: “Biji is the most talkative kid at school and he isn’t talking anymore. We’re all worried about him.” Even Mark Lester, who is the godfather of the King of Pop's three children, has expressed his concerns over Blanket's reaction to the documentary.
He revealed: “They try and shield him from the outside world, which may be not such a good thing. Shield them from certain things, certainly, but to keep him isolated is not right.” With news that the reclusive teen is now not speaking, Mark believes this could prove a comfort to Blanket.
He said, "Blanket could speak to my son. Everyone needs friends — you can’t have too many. We spent an awful lot of time with them when they were growing up." Blanket's sister, Paris Jackson, too, recently spoke out in favor of her father in light of the sex abuse claims against him. The 20-year-old wrote: "I didn't mean to offend by expressing that t***ies should be calm, I know injustices are frustrating and it's easy to get worked up. but reacting with a calm mind usually is more logical than acting out of rage and also.... it feels better to mellow out."
Since the release of the documentary, the Jackson family and estate is trying hard to defend the pop star's reputation. Recently, the children's nanny, Grace Rwaramba, who had been with the family for a long time, released a statement saying working for the pop star for almost 12 years has assured her that it was not possible for him to get away with any such inappropriate act without any of his employees ever noticing it.
She said: "...because Michael is no longer here to defend himself, and because I have a unique view of him and the life he lived, I feel compelled to speak out against what I firmly believe to be false claims. The person that Wade and James describe is not the person that I knew. He was trusting to the point of extreme naivete; always assuming the best intentions in everyone. While he was far from perfect, in my over twelve years of living with Michael, knowing him and his lifestyle intimately, I never saw or experienced anything that led me to suspect that he was capable of child sexual abuse.”