Paris Jackson,14, didn’t understand why her father made her wear a mask in public when she was younger, but now she knows why Michael Jackson went to great lengths to keep her identity a secret. “Our dad would want our face to be covered so [when] we went out without him, we wouldn’t be recognized and we could have a normal childhood,” said Paris in an exclusive interview with Oprah Winfrey.
The Lundon’s Bridge and the Three Keys star also opened up about her late father’s parenting tactics and her favorite places to go with siblings Blanket,9, and Prince Michael,15. “Our dad was a really normal father when he was with us,” said Paris, “We would get grounded if we did something bad. He would ground us. He wouldn’t call it grounding; he’d just say, ‘You’re on punishment.’ Sometimes we’d be on punishment a lot. Mostly me and Blanket, because me and Blanket would always fight.” When not fighting, “Chuck E. Cheese and Toys ‘R’ Us were our favorite places to go.”
Although Blanket and Paris had many disagreements in their younger years, the two are closer than ever before. “Prince has started to drift off; he’s a teenager, he’s a teenage boy, he’s gonna do that. But me and Blanket have found a lot of things in common, more things than I thought we did, so me and him have gotten a lot closer,” explained the teen.
Check out Paris in her exclusive via Oprah’s OWN network on Sunday, June 10, 2012.