Wearing a mask is fun when you’re a little kid and it’s Halloween. But how about having to wear that mask for your entire childhood?
That’s exactly what it was like for Paris Jackson growing up. Paris, daughter to the late pop icon Michael Jackson, has recently opened up about what it was like to partake in this freaky childhood activity in an interview with Oprah.
“I was really confused," Paris said. “I didn't get why I was wearing a mask.”
Paris, now 14, did not make the connection at the time that her father’s intention was to protect his children from publicity and exploitation. Looking back, the peculiar ritual seems to make a little more sense.
"He told us that when he was younger he didn't really have a childhood," she said. “He would always be stuck in the studio singing while the kids were out playing. He wanted us to have that."
Michael's desire was to give his children a normal life. Paris described some of her and her brothers’ favorite family activities as going to Chuck E. Cheese and Toys ‘R’ Us.
The internet, talk shows, and countless Twitteritarians have spoken up with harsh reactions to the celebrity parenting technique. Newsflash, people… It worked, ‘cause there aren’t many photos of the kids when they were little. That said, Paris’ cover is completely blown now.
So, there’s that…
The full interview with Paris will air Sunday on the Own network.