In an interview with Oprah Winfrey, scheduled to air on OWN Sunday night, Paris Jackson says she now understands why her father Michael had them wear face masks.
The now 13-year-old claims though she didn’t understand it at the time, but now she gets it.
She tells Oprah, “I was really confused, like I didn’t get why I was wearing a mask. But I understand it now, why our dad would want our face to be covered, so we went out without him, we wouldn’t be recognized and we could have a normal childhood.”
Paris said despite premonitions of what kind of lifestyle the King of Pop was leading, he wanted to raise the children as normal as possible unlike what he was afforded as a child, but Michael himself often battled with whether it was possible due to his fame.
“He had his doubts, because he told us that when he was younger he didn’t really have a childhood. He’d always be stuck in the studio singing while other kids were out playing. And he wanted us to have that…Chuck E. Cheese and Toys ‘R’ Us were our favorite places to go.”
She added a part of being brought up normal included being grounded, and overall her father was just as normal as anyone else.
Paris explains, “Now I see other kids and their parents and I compare them to my dad. Our dad was a really normal father when he was with us. 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.”