Michael Jackson died 11 years ago, but his memory still lives on in his children. He had three children before his death, two with his ex-wife Debbie Rowe and the third with an anonymous surrogate. Paris, his daughter, opened up on whether Michael was a good father to her while he was alive.
Michael Jackson died when his daughter, Paris, was 11-years-old.
While she and her siblings had been very much protected throughout their lives, his death meant they were thrust into the limelight and seen by millions.
The children even attended his memorial service, which was a televised event, at which Paris paid a tearful tribute to her father.
Since then, she has been the focus of a great deal of media attention, and years later she spoke to Rolling Stone about her father.
Paris Jackson opens up on her father’s parenting
She said: “They always say, ‘Time heals’. But it really doesn’t. You just get used to it.
“I live life with the mentality of ‘OK, I lost the only thing that has ever been important to me. So going forward, anything bad that happens can’t be nearly as bad as what happened before.’
“So I can handle it. I feel him with me all the time.”
For Paris, keeping him close is clearly important, so she has tattoos of his handwriting and his jewellery close to her at all time.
Paris and Prince Jackson
Her wrist has his words tattooed on it, Queen of my Heart, about which she said: “He’s brought me nothing but joy. So why not have constant reminders of joy?”
She also was, during the interview, wearing a fabric bracelet of his, which she said still “smells like him.”
As well as this, she said her upbringing with him was “pretty normal,” and she barely had any idea of the mammoth celebrity raising her.
She added: “I just thought his name was Dad, Daddy. We didn’t really know who he was.
Michael Jackson’s children
“But he was our world. And we were his world…
“We actually had a pretty normal life. Like, we had school every single day, and we had to be good.
“And if we were good, every other weekend or so, we could choose whether we were gonna go to the movie theatre or see the animals or whatever.
“But if you were on bad behaviour, then you wouldn’t get to go do all those things.”
Her uncle, Jermaine Jackson, said of his brother in his 2011 memoir: “[Michael was] an example of what fatherhood should be… Michael was father and mother rolled into one.”
Clearly he was considered to be a great father by his children and family, and he attempted to protect his children as much as possible by sheltering them from the spotlight.
Of course, at one point, fans will remember his excitement about his children was a little too much, and he dangled his son Blanket, then a few months old, over a balcony in Berlin to show the press.
He apologised for this action later.