Michael Jackson’s son explained why his dad always covered their faces growing up
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The King of Pop had some mysterious ways, and his children are starting to shed some light on the reasons why.
However, eldest son Prince has given some insight into some of MJ’s unexplained tendencies.
In a fascinating interview with the Los Angeles Times in 2016, Prince explained why he and his siblings were made to wear masks to cover their identities when they were children.
Prince said: “My dad spoke to me like an adult.
“He told us the reason for the masks was he wanted us to have our own life without him.
“I don't think I ever thought about if other kids lived like that when I was younger.
“But once I knew who he was, I realised it wasn’t normal.
“I remember being in Disneyland and I went to the window and there were all these fans waving and taking pictures of me.
“I thought it was normal, so I just waved back.
“You could say my whole life has been unconventional.
“I really love that though, and it's all I've ever known.
“It wasn’t until I saw a video of him performing and people were fainting and passing out, when I realised the work he did meant a lot to people.”
He added that he understood a lot of his dad’s wacky parenting choices, because they could often go out without him, and not be recognised due to their identities being kept a secret.
Talking about following in his dad’s footsteps, he joked: “Everyone thinks I’m going to do music and dance.”
But he is the first to admit he cannot do either of the things his dad was renownedly the ‘King’ of.
He added: “Music is a big part of my life.
“It shaped who I am because of my family, but I’ve always wanted to go into production and directing.”
After the 2016 interview, Prince graduated from Loyola Marymount University with a degree in business administration in 2019.
He also co-founded the charity Heal Los Angeles, which aims to 'improve the lives of young people in Los Angeles'.
In 2020, he said he thinks his dad would be 'very proud' of all that he's achieved.
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Topics: Michael Jackson