In a rare interview with the Los Angeles Times, the 19-year-old Prince Jackson spoke about what it was like having Michael Jackson as a father.
“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 recalled.
“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.”
“I don’t think it’s anything you ever get over,” he says. “It’s always going to be a part of your life that’s missing. The way I cope with it is incorporating him into my life in every way — from my company logo having little bits of him [to] using his metaphors and trying to follow everything he taught us.”