Prince Jackson was only 12 years old when his dad Michael Jackson passed away, and on Monday morning the 20-year-old sat down with Robin Roberts on “Good Morning America” for a candid interview in which he shared memories of his famous father.
“As we were growing up my dad always said, ‘I really don’t care what you do in life, as long as you’re happy doing it and you’re the best at what you do. If you want to be a janitor at a high school, you should be the best janitor that you can be,'” Jackson told Roberts.
“So, I think that he would always be the supporting figure to me and my siblings and support us in all the endeavours that we try,” he added.
As Jackson explained, he didn’t really comprehend the level of his father’s fame until after his death when he and siblings Prince Michael II (a.k.a. “Blanket”) and Paris watched footage of their dad in concert.
“We were watching some videos of his performances and I’ve been used to seeing most females pass out when they see their artists. They get, you know, very emotional,” he noted. “But what blew my mind was when I saw these big, muscle-bound dudes fainting and having to be dragged out. So I was like, ‘OK, there’s something else going on here.'”
He added: “Even to this day, I don’t think it holds the same weight to us that it does to other people, because he was our father, our dad.”
Jackson also revealed his favourite Michael Jackson videos are “Moonwalker” and “Smooth Criminal”, adding that he takes his father’s legacy very seriously. Honouring that legacy, he explained, is behind the name he chose for his production company, King’s Son Productions.
“My father was the King of Pop and King’s Son Productions has this mantra where a title is earned, but a name is given,” Jackson told Roberts. “So, I was born as Prince and that was the name my dad had given to me, but my dad had earned the epithet King of Pop and that’s through hard work and years of training and everything that he worked so hard to get. So it’s a form of motivation because my name is Prince, but for all intents and purposes I am the King’s son — working to get my own epithet.”