In a tell all interview with Oprah Winfrey, Paris Jackson talked about her life growing up as the daughter of the world’s most beloved performer, Michael Jackson. When Paris and younger brother Blanket would travel with Michael to any event, their faces would be completely covered. “I was really confused, like I didn’t get why I was wearing a mask,” said Paris. “But I understand it now, why our dad would want our faces to be covered, so [when] we went out without him, we wouldn’t be recognized and we could have a normal childhood.” Michael’s priority was to have privacy for his children so they wouldn’t grow up as he did. “He told us that when he was younger he didn’t really have a childhood. He’d always be stuck in the studio singing while other kids were out playing,” said the 13-year-old.
Although it’s been over two years since Michael passed away, Paris, Blanket and Prince Michael are acutely aware of their loss. “Our dad was a really normal father when he was with us. We would get grounded if we did something bad,” said Paris. “Sometimes we’d be on punishment a lot. Mostly me and Blanket, because [we] would always fight.” However, since the loss of their father, they’ve grown closer. “Prince has started to drift off, he’s a teenage boy, he’s gonna do that. But me and Blanket have found a lot of things in common, more things than I thought we did, so me and him have gotten a lot closer.” ~Graeme Mollison