THE Jackson family are best known for birthing one of the greatest popstars of all time, Michael Jackson.
But MJ also had musically gifted siblings who helped catapult him to stardom. But how many?
How many siblings did Michael Jackson have?
The Jackson family, from Gary, Indiana, was made up of nine children, meaning the King of Pop had eight siblings.
Michael was one of the youngest of the talented brood, who went on to form one of the most successful bands in history.
The Jackson 5, spearheaded by their father Joe, was made up of five of the boys; Jackie, Tito, Jermaine, Marlon and Michael.
The musically gifted bunch shot to stardom after their hit single I Want You Back reached number one on the pop charts.
Maureen Reillette ‘Rebbie’ Jackson
Maureen Reillette Jackson, better known as Rebbie, was born on May 29, 1950, and is the eldest child of the world-famous family.
Despite not being as renowned as her younger siblings, the 72-year-old also forged her own successful music career and was regarded as their “second mother”.
She first performed on stage with her siblings in 1974, before appearing on CBS-TV series The Jacksons with her relatives.
The singer released her debut album Centipede in 1984, featuring songs written by Smokey Robinson, Prince, and her brother Michael.
She released more albums before taking a seven-year hiatus and returning with a cover of Forever Young for the Free Willy 2 soundtrack.
She has three children – Stacee, Yashi and Austin – with her childhood sweetheart Nathaniel Brown, who passed away from cancer on January 6, 2013.
Sigmund Esco ‘Jackie’ Jackson
The eldest of the brothers Sigmund, nicknamed Jackie, 71, was born on May 4, 1951, and is one of the founding members of the Jackson 5.
He is renowned for his high tenor voice which saw him also release solo projects, including his first self-titled album in 1973 and a sophomore album in 1989, called Be The One.
Hollywood Life reports that, in 2007, Jackie released a collaboration with the musician Brezz titled Big City After Dark.
He also produced film soundtracks for the films Touch and Go and The Running Man.
The artist continues to work in the music business as a producer.
In 2012 he joined his brothers Tito, Jermaine and Marlon for a series of Las Vegas performances.
Jackie has been married three times and has four children – Sigmund Jr, Brandi, Jaylen and River.
Toriano Adaryll ‘Tito’ Jackson
Joe and Katherine’s third child, Toriano – known as Tito – was born on October 15, 1953, and effectively prompted the formation of the Jackson 5.
Aged 10, he was caught playing his father’s guitar after breaking a string – when Joe asked him to play and realised his musical talent.
The dad bought him his own guitar before later convincing his sons to form the world-famous band.
He began a solo career in 2003 as a blues musician before releasing his debut album, Tito Time, over a decade later in 2016.
This was followed by his 2021 release of Under Your Spell.
He had three children – Toriano Jr, Taryll and Tito – with his former wife Delores ‘Dee Dee’ Martes, who was found dead in a swimming pool in 1994.
Tito’s sons went on to form their own group 3T in the 1990s, which their father managed, who released a number of chart-topping hits.
Jermaine La Jaune Jackson
Singer-songwriter and bassist Jermaine was born on December 11, 1954, and took the lead alongside Michael in the Jackson 5.
He split from the group after staying with Motown Records while his brothers reformed as The Jacksons and was replaced by Randy.
But the 67-year-old managed to forge a successful solo career in the 1980s and bagged duets with the likes of Whitney Houston.
He eventually rejoined The Jacksons and has regularly performed with his siblings on and off over the years.
Jermaine appeared in Celebrity Big Brother UK in 2007.
He has been married and divorced three times and has seven children – Jermaine Jr, Autumn, Jaimy, Jeremy, Jourdynn, Jaafar and Jermajesty.
LaToya Yvonne Jackson
LaToya is the middle child of the Jackson family and was born on her sister Rebbie’s sixth birthday on May 29, 1956.
She joined her brothers on stage in Las Vegas in 1972, performing a tap dancing routine before joining them on TV series The Jacksons.
The 66-year-old created a successful career as a soloist, while also moonlighting as an actress, author, businesswoman and TV star over the years.
She posed for Playboy magazine in 1989 and 1991, which prompted a rift between her and the rest of the Jacksons.
They later reunited after she left her tumultuous marriage with her husband Jack Gordon and has no children.
She also starred in her own reality series, Life with LaToya, from 2013 to 2014.
Marlon David Jackson
Marlon was born on March 12, 1957, and grew up particularly close to his brother Michael.
The 65-year-old began a promising solo career after branching off from the Jackson 5, where he had become renowned for his flamboyant dance moves.
In 1987, he released an album called Baby Tonight and the single Don’t Go hit number two on the R&B charts.
He decided celebrity life wasn’t for him and started working as a real estate agent in southern California and was part owner of Black Family Channel.
However, he still occasionally performs and now runs Study Peace Foundation, an organization that promotes peace and unity worldwide.
He shares three children, Valencia, Brittany and Marlon, with his wife Carol Ann Parker.
Brandon, the twin brother of Marlon, tragically died shortly after his birth on March 12, 1957.
The boys were born several weeks premature and Brandon is rumoured to have suffered fatal respiratory failure.
His surviving twin brother was significantly impacted by his death and relied on Michael as a substitute for his late brother.
When Michael passed away on June 25, 2009, Marlon heartbreakingly asked if he could “give Brandon a hug.”
Steven Randall ‘Randy’ Jackson
The youngest boy of the Jackson brood, Randy, was born on October 29, 1961 and was subbed in as member of their incredible band.
He is known for his talent on the piano and bongo drums and initially only joined them by playing instruments before Jermaine left.
After The Jacksons split up in 1990, he formed his own band called Randy & the Gypsys.
In 1989, Randy started his own record label called Modern Records and later became a judge on American Idol.
He has worked with a string of musical marvels including Lionel Richie.
The 60-year-old has two children with his ex-partner Alejandra Oaziaza, Genevieve and Steven.
Janet Damita Jo Jackson
Janet is the youngest Jackson child, born on May 16, 1966, and has had a highly successful career of her own.
She’s sold more than 100 million records and is one of the world’s best-selling music artists.
In 2016, Billboard named her the second-most successful dance club artist of all time, after Madonna.
The 56-year-old’s extraordinary choreography also helped her become a force to be reckoned with in the entertainment industry.
She eloped with singer James DeBarge in September 1984, before the marriage was annulled one year later.
Janet also had two hush-hush marriages with artist René Elizondo Jr and Qatari businessman Wissam Al Mana, but split from both.
She had a child, Eissa Al Mana, with her third husband who she gave birth to on January 3, 2017.