Blanket Jackson, the son of Michael Jackson, has reportedly taken the allegations made in the Leaving Neverland documentary very badly.
17-year-old Blanket – who reportedly goes by the name Biji – is said to be ‘devastated’ by the allegations made by Wade Robson and James Safechuck in the new documentary.
Blanket has reportedly even ‘stopped talking’ due to his distress, with other members of the Jackson family becoming worried about him.
Speaking on the Victoria Derbyshire Show, Jackson’s 45-year-old nephew Taj detailed the painful impact the latest allegations have had on Blanket:
Biji is the most talkative kid at school and he isn’t talking any more. We’re all worried about him.
Blanket’s godfather – and former child star of Oliver! – Mark Lester, has also expressed concern for Blanket, alleging that he is being kept ‘isolated’ from reality.
Lester made the following comments to The Sun:
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.
I would just like to reach out. What would be great is one of them picking up the phone and even if they didn’t speak to me, speak to one of my kids.
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.
I was with Blanket since he was born, until Michael died, so that’s seven years of his early life. I’m sure he’d love to see my son again.
I feel so bad for Paris, Prince, and Blanket Jackson. Nobody gets to choose their parents #LeavingNeverland
— Mitchell Sunderland (@mitchsunderland) March 4, 2019
If you do not believe Michael Jackson abused those boys go ahead & watch the 2nd half of the doc #LeavingNeverland.
If MJ is innocent do not @ me with Your desperate delusion & disappointment in how I use my platform, MJ fans like myself are seeing straight & moving on. ❤️
— Michaela Coel (@MichaelaCoel) March 8, 2019
Blanket – who was famously dangled over a balcony by Jackson as a baby – was just seven years old when his father died.
If you’ve been affected by any of these issues, and want to speak to someone in confidence regarding the welfare of a child contact the NSPCC on 0808 800 5000. If you are a child seeking advice and support call Childline for free on 0800 1111.
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Jules studied English Literature with Creative Writing at Lancaster University before earning her masters in International Relations at Leiden University in The Netherlands (Hoi!). She then trained as a journalist through News Associates in Manchester. Jules has previously worked as a mental health blogger, copywriter and freelancer for various publications. When not Lad-ing about, she enjoys cooking, reading and trying not to fall over in Yoga.