Michael Jackson is sorely missed by his family, especially mother Katherine, who told Oprah that the day her son died was the “worst day of my life“.
“I don’t think I’ll ever be healed,“ she told the host. “It will get better, but some days it’s like it just happened.“
Jackson’s mom as well as his children Prince, 13, Paris, 12, and Blanket, 8, all appeared on Oprah’s show on Monday, People reported, and shared their memories of a much more down-to-earth King of Pop.
“I’d say he was the best cook ever,“ said Paris. “He made the best French toast in the world,“ and insisted that he was “just a normal dad.“
Michael’s only daughter, who enjoys improv and would like to be an actress some day, also talked about one her favourite memories with her father: “One time we went on the roof in Las Vegas at our house, eating Snickers and drinking soda.“
During the show, Prince expressed an interest in following in Jackson’s footsteps in the world of showbiz, saying he would like to “produce movies and direct.“
Katherine rubbished claims that her husband and co-guardian of Jackson’s kids, Joe, was forcing his grandchildren to be the next Jackson 5.
The matriarch told TMZ that the kids had “expressed their own desires to be in the entertainment business“ on Oprah’s show.
Mrs. Jackson also said she hoped fans “don’t think anyone like Joe or the family is pushing the kids“, perhaps a reference to Joe infamously pushing his kids to do Jackson 5. Or maybe also a hint that Joe has changed his ways of disciplining since bringing up Michael.
On the show, he admitted to laying a hand on the star when he was young: “I don’t [regret the beatings],“ The Daily Mail cites. “It kept them out of jail and kept them right.“
Katherine stepped in saying: “You might as well admit it, that’s the way black people raised their children. [Joe] used a strap. Yes, he did use a strap.“
Slightly defensive, Joe explained: “I don’t think he was afraid of me. What he was afraid of, he may do something wrong and I’d chastise him but not beat him. I never beat him like the media tried to say.“
Also, read about the findings of his autopsy report and Michael Jackson’s doctor pleading not guilty to homicide.
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