Michael Jackson Had A Secret Half-Sister And She's Finally Speaking Out

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While the late Michael Jackson's career and personal life became the focus of media attention over the years, the rest of the Jacksons were working hard to keep their complicated lives under wraps.

For as long as Joe and Katherine Jackson, and their nine children, Rebbie, Jackie, Tito, Jermaine, LaToya, Marlon, Michael, Randy and Janet, have been in the spotlight, they've been plagued by controversy and drama - from child abuse to extramarital affairs and secret love children.

In an exposé published by Daily Mail, Joe had a twenty-five year affair with a woman named Cheryle Terrell, and in that time they welcomed a daughter, Joh'Vonnie.

Joh'Vonnie was born on August 30, 1974, the day after Michael's 16th birthday, but the Jackson family didn't find out about their patriarch's love child for another few years. When Katherine did six years later, she tried to divorce Joe, but was eventually convinced not to go through with it. That would be the second time she attempted to leave Joe, the first was in 1973.

Joh'Vonnie Jackson

In her new book, "Bastard Child," Joh'Vonnie reveals that over the years she had the chance to meet Katherine as well as all of her half-siblings, but their encounters were nothing like she would've ever imagined.

She recently had an exclusive interview with the Daily Mail, and opened up about the details of her tough childhood trying to be a part of the famous dysfunctional family.

Joh'Vonnie, 43, explained that to this today she is close to her father, but with the exception of Rebbie, the rest of the family never made any efforts to accept her as one of their own. She went as far as saying that her brothers and sisters mentally tortured her, and often acted like she wasn't a part of the family at reunions and concerts.

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The mom-of-one said that she knew early on who her half-siblings were, but her existence was kept secret from the world for years, and that played a role in why she never fully integrated.

"I was very aware that I was in the Jackson family growing up, I saw them on TV, I listened to their music,' she explained. "But I was hidden away, kept secret for years, not able to become part of that family. It was hurtful."

Joh'Vonnie also opened up about being bullied when she was younger because the kids at school found out she was related to the Jacksons, but she was born out of wedlock.

"I got beat up every single day because I was Joh'Vonnie Jackson," she revealed. "I had the hardest childhood, it was just as blue as Michael's and just as blue as my other brothers and sisters, and then to grow up and they don't want to have anything to do with me."

She then recounted her encounters with Michael, and why it still haunts her.

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