To the outside world looking in, Michael Jackson seemed like an eccentric pop star whose parenting techniques left many to question how he raised his three children: Paris, 15; Prince Michael, 16; and Prince Michael II, 11. Now Paris is giving us a look into what it was like to be raised by the late icon in her cover feature with the Mail on Sunday's Event magazine.
"I have lots of memories of my father," she says. "He was an incredible father. We all loved him to death."
"He'd try to educate us as much as he could and was always looking out for us," she adds. "He was very protective."
His need to protect his children's identity was so strong, he required that they wear masks in public.
"He didn't want anyone to see what we looked like," his daughter explains. "That way we could have what he didn't, which was a normal childhood."
Now Paris, who's a cheerleader in her Buckley School, as well as into flag football and volleyball, is looking forward to "a normal high school experience" and is considering career plans that have nothing to do with entertainment. She wants to go to medical school and become a heart surgeon. In addition, she wants to take her inheritance money to fix up the Neverland ranch she grew up in so underprivileged children could have a chance at finding happiness.
"I think it should be restored to how it used to be so that the children who couldn't have a childhood could have fun there," she says.
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(Photo: Brian Bowen Smith via Event Magazine)