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Prince Jackson fires back at paternity critics

Prince Jackson has insisted blood is thicker than water when it comes to speculation suggesting the late Michael Jackson is not truly his father.

Michael Jackson's son Prince has finally acknowledged rumours suggesting the superstar is not his biological dad.

The King of Pop welcomed Prince, his first child, with ex-wife Debbie Rowe in 1997, and his sister Paris was born a year later (1998). Critics have long speculated over the paternity of the kids, including his youngest, 13-year-old Prince Michael Jackson II, who was born to a mystery surrogate, but Michael maintained he had fathered all three of his offspring.

The gossip has continued to swirl following Michael's death in 2009, and now Prince Jackson has commented on the claims for the first time.

The 18-year-old was prompted to speak out after one Twitter user blasted him online and claimed nurse Debbie's former boss, dermatologist Dr. Arnold Klein, was his real dad.

"everyone knows you are a Rowe-Klein NOT A Jackson!!", the Twitter troll wrote. "Yall (sic) should stop trying to put on a FAKE front and get real."

Prince refused to get angry at the allegation and instead responded with a comment suggesting he is well aware Michael may not be his biological dad.

"The blood of the covenant is thicker than the water of the womb...," he tweets. "I was raised by my dad with my brother and sister."

Arnold Klein has previously fueled rumours alleging he fathered Prince by comparing an old drivers licence photo of himself to an image of the teen in 2013.

Prince and his siblings are currently being raised by their cousin, TJ Jackson, and their grandmother Katherine.

TJ, whose father is Tito Jackson, recently admitted he felt it was his duty to take care of the youngsters following Michael's death in a bid to pay back his famous relative for doing so much for him and his brothers when they were kids.

"Being guardian to my uncle Michael's kids takes a lot of time, and it's something that I put a lot of effort into and take a lot of pride in," TJ told Entertainment Tonight. "For me, I just want to do well for my uncle, and he was such an important person for me when I lost my mother as a 16 year old that I'm just trying to repay him.”

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