Michael Jackson's Kids: Surprisingly Nice, Normal
However, after a pre-taped interview with Oprah Winfrey aired earlier this week, we here at ParentDish were pleasantly surprised to find they seem like lovely, well-adjusted kids.
The interview, the first since their father's memorial, took place in their grandmother's house, where the children now live.
"He was just a normal guy, except for he was, like, the best dad ever," Paris, 12, tells Winfrey of Jackson, adding that her dad tried to downplay his fame. "He tried to raise us without knowing who he was. But that didn't go so well."
Paris says she and her two brothers, Prince Michael, 13, and Blanket, 8, whose real name is Prince Michael Jackson II, had to wear veils or masks in public.
"He did it because then nobody would really recognize us," Prince tells the talk show host.
"I appreciated it (but) it wasn't always comfortable," Paris adds.
One of the most surprising revelations about their celeb pop? He was a master in the kitchen.
"Everyone is all, 'a cook?' Like they're surprised to hear it," Paris says. "He made the best French toast in the world."
Katherine Jackson, the children's guardian and grandmother, wanted all the kids to attend regular school. The New York Post reports that Paris and Prince were both nervous about first going to a normal school but now like it. Blanket, however, prefers to be home schooled.
When asked if their classmates react to who they are, Paris tells Oprah, "My friend didn't know who I was, and when she found out, she didn't care."
Start by teaching him that it is safe to do so.