Michael Jackson’s orbit, 10 years after his death

NEW YORK: In the months following pop icon Michael Jackson’s shock death on June 25, 2009, his inner circle found themselves thrust into the spotlight.

Ten years on, as the late King of Pop faces lurid allegations of pedophilia from men he kept close as youths, here’s a look at what’s become of the rest of the eccentric bunch surrounding MJ:

Jackson went to great lengths to shield his three children – Michael Joseph “Prince” Jr (22), Paris (21) and Prince Michael II, better known as “Blanket” (17) – from the paparazzi, often putting masks on them in public.

Since his death the two older children have slowly started embracing the limelight, and are active on social media.

The eldest son has said he neither sings nor dances but still entertains hopes of a showbiz career, founding King’s Son Productions in 2016.

Paris has made several awards show appearances, modeled for labels including Calvin Klein and Chanel, and along with her boyfriend forms the folk-rock duo The Soundflowers.

Blanket, who was born to an unnamed surrogate and now prefers to go by “Bigi,” is still in high school and has mostly laid low as he comes of age.

Perhaps his most famous world appearance was in 2002 when he was still an infant – and his father dangled him over the balcony of a chic Berlin hotel.

Joe Jackson – known as the demanding father of the Jackson clan, with whom Michael had a strained relationship – died on June 27, 2018 at age 89. He launched his family’s dynasty as manager of The Jackson 5 sibling group, steering at times the careers of Michael and daughter Janet.

Often criticized as a stringent taskmaster, Joe was left out of Michael’s will and failed to win bids for compensation.

Katherine Jackson, Michael’s now 89-year-old mother, gained custody of his three children following his death and is a beneficiary of the family trust.

Michael’s sister Janet, 53, is a pop icon in her own right and earlier this year nabbed a spot in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Michael’s brothers – Jackie, Tito, Marlon, Jermaine and Randy – have been among the most vocal backers of his legacy despite the troubling allegations against him.

They have continued to tour and record in various combinations.

Sisters La Toya, 63, and Maureen, 69, have had minor singing careers, with the former taking a turn on a number of reality television shows.

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