For kids that were raised by Michael Jackson and spent much of their time wearing masks to hide from the paparazzi, those close to the family say that MJ’s kids are shockingly normal.
During the recent controversy over Paris Jackson’s memorial speech, it was assumed that she, along with her brothers Prince Michael and Blanket were all seriously damaged goods.
I mean, how could they not be? The were raised by a man who named them all after himself (Prince Michael Jackson, 12, Paris Michael Katherine Jackson, 11, and Prince Michael Jackson II, 7).
Well, here’s some good news: they’re really smart, generally happy kids, apparently.
According to Jackson’s financial adviser Al Malnik:
“Those kids are exceptionally bright. They really have the capacity and understanding…”
“They are going to grow up in the limelight,” said Al Malnik, a former Jackson financial adviser and friend, “but I think because they way that Michael has brought them up and that they have the capacity to deal with it.”
Offering more supporting evidence is family friend Al Sharpton:
“The kids are at the compound,” said Sharpton of the Jacksons’ Encino, Calif., home. “The days that I was there, they would play with their cousins and were very familiar with them and their aunts and uncles. … That’s the only family they knew.”
“The family is much closer than one wanted to perceive,” said Sharpton, who acknowledged that Paris’ speech was spontaneous. “People far overestimate and embellish any perceived differences in that family.”