Michael Jackson’s daughter Paris opened up to Oprah about a childhood unlike any other in an interview for “Oprah’s Next Chapter.” Not only was she the daughter of one of the most famous men in the world, but her appearances in the media were marked by her and her brothers covering their faces while out in public.
The 14-year old Paris revealed to Oprah that, as odd as it sounds, the masks were given to them in order to give her and her siblings a normal life.
“Do you remember when you were little… and you would go out in public and your face would be covered?” asked Oprah. “You would be secluded from the public. What did you think about that then?”
“I was really confused,” Paris admits. “I didn’t get why I was wearing a mask. But I understand it now, why my dad would want our face to be covered. When we went out without him, we wouldn’t be recorgnized and (could) have a normal childhood.”
She goes on to say that because of the masks, she could later go to Chuck E Cheese’s or Toys ‘R Us to have fun and she wouldn’t be recognized.
“Did you feel that he wanted you to have a ‘normal life?’ Do you think he thought that would be possible with who he was?,” Oprah asked.
“He had his doubts,” she answered. “He told us that when he was younger, he didn’t really have a childhood. He would always be stuck in the studio while other kids would be out playing.”
Here’s the clip that aired on “Today”…