Michael Jackson has banned his children from the recording studio, it has been claimed.

The ‘Thriller’ singer is so determined to repeat his previous success with his new album he has removed all personal distractions - including his kids, 11-year-old Prince Michael, 10-year-old Paris and six-year-old Prince Michael II – while he works.

A source close to the singer said: “Michael has banned his kids from the recording studio. He realises this is very important and doesn't want any distractions.”

The 49-year-old musician – who was rumoured to be dating his children’s nanny Grace Rwaramba - has also ruled out having any relationships until he finishes the LP.

The source added to the New York Post newspaper: “He's not going to be involved in any personal relationships with women until he gets this record done.

He has dumped the nanny - she's not around any more.” Michael started working on the record with music producers RedOne and Akon in Las Vegas on Wednesday (23.04.08).