The much-anticipated interview with Oprah and the Jackson children reveals more hidden surprises than expected. Michael was a pro at preparing French toast?
We all knew secrets would be revealed during Oprah Winfrey‘s exclusive interview with Michael Jackson‘s parents, Katherine and Joe, and children, Prince Michael, 13, Paris, 11, and Blanket, 8 — but we never expected to learn that the King of Pop was an excellent chef or that the masks and veils that his children wore were not his idea. In the interview with Oprah — which airs today, Nov. 8 — Michael’s daughter Paris explains that her dad was a much better father than people gave him credit for. “I kinda felt like no one understands what a good father he was,” she says. “I’d say he was the best cook ever. He was just a normal dad, except he was the best dad. He made the best French toast in the world.” Who knew?
Another shocking discovery — Katherine reveals that the idea of hiding the children’s identities came from their biological mother, Debbie Rowe. But the children — who were constantly hidden under masks and veils, whenever they went out with their father — admit that their unusual public disguises didn’t bother them in the slightest. “When we did go out without our dad, other people wouldn’t recognize us,” Prince Michael explains. “I appreciated it,” adds Paris. “He tried to raise us without [us] knowing who he was, but that didn’t go so well.”
Prince Michael and Paris are now attending a regular school, with hopes of becoming a music producer and an actress, while their little brother, Blanket, the shyest of the bunch, is still being home schooled. However, after seeing how much his siblings enjoy going, the youngest Jackson might be enrolling in a public school next year when he enters the fourth grade.
Michael’s oldest kids are clinging to their favorite memories of their father. For Prince Michael that means remembering the walks on the beach they used to take, while Paris always goes back to the time she and Michael indulged in Snickers bars and soda while hanging out on the roof of their Las Vegas home.
Aside from French toast and hidden identities, Oprah also got into a deep conversation with Michael’s parents about his plastic surgery, drug problems and childhood abuse.
They set the record straight regarding they’re marital status. “We’re not divorced,” says Joe. And have worked hard to ensure that their grandchildren are able to have as normal a childhood as possible. “Shortly after their dad’s death they said they wanted to go camping. So, we bought them tents so they could sleep on the lawn,” says Katherine, who is always amazed at just how strong Paris has become. “I don’t know how she can sit and look at Michael’s picture without crying. I can’t do it,” she says.