Growing up as the firstborn son of the world’s most famous — and most eccentric — music superstar, Prince Michael Jackson gives a rare interview and admits his upbringing was “unconventional.”
Speaking with the Los Angeles Times, 19-year-old Jackson opens up about his childhood, revealing that his upbringing seemed normal to him at the time — including his father’s insistence that his children keep their faces covered in public.
“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,” Jackson tells the Times, adding that the result was that he and his siblings, Paris and Blanket, could actually go out in public and not be recognized.
“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 realized it wasn’t normal,” he admits. “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.
“It wasn’t until I saw a video of him performing and people were fainting and passing out, when I realized the work he did meant a lot to people.”
Jackson also reveals the best piece of advice his dad gave him. “It sounds bad, but… a lot of people are motivated by themselves,” he says. “He said don’t trust someone just because it sounds like a good idea — do your research. There are a lot of people who want to interact with [me and my siblings] just because of who we are.”