Three years ago, pop legend Michael Jackson passed away. He left behind not only his music, but also his legacy, and his family. Now, 14-year-old Paris Jackson finally finds it in her to speak out about what it’s like being daughter to the King of Pop.
In December 2011, Paris appeared on Ellen DeGeneres’ “The Ellen Show” to talk about her father, who was famous for keeping his three children covered with veils and other masks when they were very young.
Paris said that in the beginning, she felt stupid at first but later, it dawned upon her that Michael was only trying to protect her and her brothers Prince (15) and Prince Michael II aka Blanket (10).
Just yesterday, Oprah Winfrey explored the matter in an exclusive “Oprah’s Next Chapter” TV interview with Paris:
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“I understand it now, why my dad would want our faces to be covered. When we went out without him, we wouldn’t be recognized. He told us that when he was younger, he didn’t really have a childhood. He would always be stuck in the studio singing while the kids were out playing. He wanted us to have that”, Paris said.
When asked if Michael’s efforts have given Paris and her brothers a normal life, she replied, “We had a normal childhood. Chuck E. Cheese’s and Toys R Us were our favourite places to go.”
Paris and her brothers now attend regular schools in the Los Angeles area and continue to make public appearances at commemorative events for their beloved late father, Michael Jackson.