Inside Michael Jackson's Odd World

Jackson said he tries to give the children a normal upbringing, but can't send them to a normal school because they would be hounded by paparazzi and singled out by the teachers for being the children of a celebrity. "It's all in how you shape and sculpt and mold their world," he said.

He said the children were surrounded by women at the ranch — including a full-time staff of nannies — and have "a great time."

New Son Was Born to a Surrogate Mother

Ending months of speculation about his third child, Jackson said that the boy was born to a surrogate mother. When he first showed the boy in public, at a Siegfried and Roy magic show in Las Vegas in July, he reportedly told friends the boy was 6 months old but did not say who his mother was.

Jackson told Bashir in one interview that he had had a secret relationship with the mother, but he later said, "I used a surrogate mother and my own sperm cells," adding, "I had my own sperm cells in my other two children. They are all my children."

He said he calls the boy "Blanket," after a term he uses with his family and employees for to mean loving and protecting.

He said he did not know the surrogate mother and it did not matter to him who she was as long as she was healthy, intelligent and had good vision. He said the mother's race was also unimportant to him, though he added that she is black. He said he could not identify the woman because of "a contractual agreement."

Denies Putting Baby in Danger

The British crew was on the scene just after Jackson hung his son out of the hotel window in Berlin. The next morning, after a public outcry over his behavior, he defended his actions. "We were waving to thousands of fans down below," he explained, bouncing his son rapidly on his knees as he fed him from a bottle. "They were chanting they wanted to see my child, and I was kind enough to let them see. I was doing something out of innocence."

He said it was absurd to suggest that he would try to harm his children or any children. "The media's wrong. I love my children. I was holding my son tight and strong. Why would I throw a baby off the balcony? That's the dumbest, stupidest story I ever heard."

When Jackson took the two older children to the Berlin Zoo later that day, the trip turned hectic, with the family's bodyguards trying to fend off dozens of paparazzi and shield the children with umbrellas, as fans chanted, "F— the press." Jackson seemed oblivious, though he later agreed that the day was difficult for the children. However, he said, he couldn't take the chance of letting them go out in public without him: "I'd rather it be my fault if something happens."

Jackson said he was considering adopting more children. "I'm thinking about adopting two kids from each continent around the world. That is my dream," he said.

Children at Neverland

The 12-year-old who said he spent the night in Jackson's room said he had met Jackson two years earlier and believed the singer's friendship and support had helped him recover from what doctors had said was terminal cancer. He said his parents were happy to let him spend time with Jackson.

Asked how he responds to people who say it is inappropriate for a 44-year-old man to be sharing a bed with a child, Jackson said: "I feel sorry for them because that's judging someone who just wants to really help people." In a later interview he called it "a beautiful thing," saying he was just a grown-up who was "trying to help heal a child."

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