Michael Jackson’s kids still grieving

By admin
25 June 2010

Michael Jackson’s daughter, Paris, is the most likely of his offspring to have a future in the world of entertainment. The 12-year-old has turned her bedroom into a shrine to her ‘‘Daddy’’ where she’s surrounded by photographs of him.

And his sons, Prince (13) and eight-year-old Blanket, bravely talk about wanting to make him proud – then lapse into silent moments when they miss him. All three spend hours listening to their father’s musical hits.

These are some of the insights provided by the children’s grandmother, 80-year-old Katherine Jackson, in her first published interview since son Michael died a year ago of a suspected heart attack at his Beverly Hills home. The three Jackson children now live with Katherine who is their court-appointed legal guardian.

In the interview she reveals the kids have no close friends and still live in relative isolation, as they did with eccentric Michael, who allowed them out in public only in disguise and with their faces veiled. But Katherine says he did so only to shield them from the publicity clamour that surrounded him.

Although they’re being home-schooled Katherine hopes to enroll them in a private college in September, the start of a new school year in the US.

‘‘Paris has that lovely way, just like him, and I see his talent in her,’’ Katherine says. ‘‘Whatever she does she is very good at it. She’s a good artist, she plays the piano and she wants to be an actress.

‘‘Prince is serious about a lot of things. He wants to be a cameraman or produce movies. He is dedicated to that, like Michael was. And Blanket is very playful, like Michael was.’’

She insists Michael was tragically misunderstood but is grateful that his death brought the rest of her family together.

* Read the full article in the 1 July issue of YOU.

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