Joe Jackson was famous for his tough relationship with his family, and none more so than with Michael. He conceded to beating his children in an interview with Oprah and constantly made his children rehearse, especially in the early days of the Jackson 5. The boys of the Jackson 5 lost their childhood.
It’s been thought this led to Michael Jackson’s Peter Pan fascination, naming his home “Neverland” and embracing the idea of “Never Growing Up.” Others also assume that Michael’s weird actions later in life resulted from the poor treatment he received from his father.
Cohn is best known for her portrayal of Natalie, the strong-willed student from the television series "Facts of Life," which ran from 1979 to 1988. Her role was essential to the show's success, bringing humor and levity to any scene she was in. But the role ended up typecasting her, making it difficult for Cohn to branch out.
Her acting did continue, however. In addition, she picked up a degree in cultural anthropology and has helped found the weSPARK cancer support center. She's also provided the voice of Velma in the "Scooby-Doo" animated series, for which she won an Emmy.
Mindy Cohn Becomes an LGBTQ Icon
While Mindy Cohn has, for the most part, stayed out of the spotlight. She has never gotten married and chose to not have children. On the other hand, she regularly shows support for LGBTQ causes and acts as a positive figure within the community.
During an interview with "The Advocate," Cohn said there were very few gay people on the set of the "Facts of Life," yet she maintains a progressive family and has numerous gay family members and friends, which prompted her to announce her support of the community.
Michael Jackson's Kids
Michael had three children of his own. The relationship they had is remarkably different, in a wonderful way, but there are still questions about the children's parentage. According to TMZ, his eldest son, Michael Joseph Jackson Jr., conceded it's possible he isn't even Michael Jackson's biological child, but the idea means nothing to him.
MJ Jr. has said that his father taught him how to be a man and hopes to take care of his own children the same way his father took care of him.
MJ's Other Kids
On the other hand, Paris Jackson believes she is Michael's biological child. She's been pursuing fame in her own right and has signed with a major modeling agency after a decade of tough time following her father's death. Paris has maintained a close relationship with her mother, Debbie Rowe.
Debbie has recently been diagnosed with breast cancer. Her youngest son (and Michael Jackson's youngest son) Blanket is still a teenager and has stayed out of the spotlight – he is currently in the custody of his grandmother Katherine Jackson.