Paris Jackson: My Dad Michael Wanted Us to Have a Normal Childhood
Michael Jackson’s daughter Paris tells Oprah how it was having the King of Pop for a dad, who wanted his children to have a normal childhood and reveals she was bullied online and in school.
By: A.J. Niles
During an interview for Oprah’s Next Chapter on OWN, Paris Jackson, 14, reveals she was bullied while she attended school. However, she did not let the bully “win.”
“People try, but it doesn’t always work. At school and some people try to cyber bully me. They try to get to me with words, but that doesn’t really work. If I feel someone is being fake to me, I will just push away.”
Paris later reflected upon her time with her dad, Michael. She questioned why she had to wear a mask but she grew to understand it; Michael longed for them to experience the childhood he never had.
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.
…we had a normal childhood, including trips to Chuck-E-Cheese. 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.”
According to Reuters,
Jackson, who died in June 2009, was famous for keeping his three children covered with veils and other masks when they were very young. Paris and her brothers Prince, 15, and Prince Michael II, 10, who is popularly known as Blanket, now attend regular schools in the Los Angeles area and make public appearances at commemorative events for the King of Pop.
Check out the interview below.