The anniversary of Michael Jackson’s death is on the horizon and attention is turning to just how his children are coping. We’ve heard relatively little about them this past year, seeing a few photos of them on there way to or from karate practice and in YouTube videos acting like perfectly normal children.
When Michael was alive the children were almost never seen unless covered in masks or infamously being held over balconies. Michael’s mom Katherine has been functioning as the children’s caretaker and has been upholding the tradition of privacy by staying mostly silent…until now. Katherine has written a book called Never Can Say Good Bye: The Katherine Jackson Story and recently gave an interview to a UK tab.
Katherine tells them that Paris, 12, has turned her bedroom into a shrine to her “Daddy”, where she is surrounded by his photos. “I wanted to hang pictures of flowers or ballerinas in Paris’s room, the sort of things I expected a girl would like, but she went into a closet and she brought out seven or eight pictures of Michael, and she told me, No, I want daddy hanging in my room’. So she goes to bed looking at him and wakes up looking at him. She said, I always want to be able to see him’.”
All of the children spend hours listening to his music. Prince, 13, and Blanket, 8, talk about how they would like to make their father proud.
Heartbreaking, but it does seem healthy.
Katherine says: “They don’t have any friends. They don’t go to school, they have private lessons at home – but that will change in September, when they are due to enrol at private college.”
The kids also keep to a schedule, which can help them feel safe. “To them, it’s normal, it’s the life they have known. They have a certain time to go to bed, then they get up and get dressed for lessons. They practise karate and swim, which they love.”
Katherine is also answering questions that will always plague Michael’s legacy, continuing to shoot down claims that he ever molested a child and paving the way for his children to cope when they get older and begin to learn more about their father’s life. “Many doubt that [Michael was a loving person], because of the child molestation accusation falsely laid on him, but in truth it was just greedy people after money. The first child, Jordan Chandler, whose father accused Michael, ended up saying he regretted not getting a chance to say sorry to Michael. Then the father committed suicide – I think his conscience was bothering him.”