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This subsection features excerpts of interviews with Michael Jackson (and his children posthumously made) which are not charitably related. .

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2009-09-05 - "Vanity Fair" Interview Highlights, by Lisa Robinson

2008 - August 29: "Good Morning America" Radio Interview

2007 - December: "Ebony" Magazine Interview

2005 - March 29: "Keep Hope Alive" Radio Interview With Jesse Jackson

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Posthumously...

* 2010 : Paris & Prince Jackson interview excerpts from “Oprah Show”

“[Our father,] he tried to raise us without knowing who he was, but that didn't really go so well.. [smiles] I appreciated it [having our faces covered]. It wasn't always comfortable, but yeah. […] [It was to protect us,] yeah.”

“[My favorite memory of my father…] That's really hard.. […] I just have to say spending some "quality time" away from the two, just me and him. The one time we went on the roof when we were in Las Vegas - of our house - and we just saw the Luxor lights. We just saw all the city of lights. We were eating Snickers, and we had some soda, and... […] He was strict [at times too]. […] Sometimes, he would take me to an art museum because we both loved art, and we would do a lot as a family. We would play tag outside, and he got us Kenya [the dog] four years ago. […] Yeah. I kind of felt like no one understands what a good father he was. I'd say he was the best cook ever. […] Yes. Everyone is all, "A cook!?" Like they're surprised to hear it. […] He was just a normal dad, except that he was, I’d say, the best dad ever. […] He made the best French toast in the world. […] He just made the best breakfasts in the world. […] [He cooked for us a lot…]. […] [What do we miss the most about him?...] Everything.”

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[…] [My favorite memory of him was,] when we were on Bahrain, we used to wake up early and walk the beach. […] With a Coke. […] Yeah, Coca-Cola and Skittles or Snickers. […] Yeah, [we remember our life before]. […] [We knew why we put on the masks]. […] Because, then, when we did go out without our dad, then nobody would really recognize us.”


* 2011 – December 15: excerpts from Paris Jackson’s Interview with “Ellen”

On her fondness for acting:

“When I was really little (I knew I wanted to act).. ‘Cause my dad was, like, in the movie “Moonwalker” and I knew he could sing, like, really well, but I didn’t know he could act, I saw that and I’m like, ‘Wow, I want to be just like him.’ […] (I told my dad I wanted to act) and he – we’d do improvs together and he would give us little scenarios and he’s, ‘Okay, so in this scene you’re gonna cry’, and I’d cry on the spot. .. […] Prince would do it (improvisations) sometimes and Blanket was a little shy, but.. yeah. […]”

On wearing masks, her childhood and father’s protectiveness of them:

“I was home-schooled for a long time and then, in 7th grade, I went to my school Buckley. […] I do have, like, a regular childhood, I mean I’m treated the same, like, when I came to Buckley, they didn’t know who I was, I went “Yes, I’ve got a chance to be normal.” [And they didn’t know who I was because we used to wear] masks. […] I kinda realized, the older I got, like, he only tried to protect us and he explained that to us too.”

On her father’s celebrity status and her favorite songs of his:

“When I was really little, I didn’t know that [he was this most amazing pop star].. Like, I just thought like, oh, yeah, he’s got a few songs out, but I figured everyone did that. [audience laughter] […] I know all of his songs by heart. […] That’s really tough [to pick a favorite song], like, 99 percent of my brain is his music. Just music in general. […]”

On looking up to older brother Prince:

“Yeah (I really love him). […] (I) kind of (want to try to do the things he does). Last year, when he was in 8th grade, he played on the Varsity Flag Football Team as a left guard, and this year, when I’m in 8th grade, I decided to go on the football team and I was on the same team and same position. […]”

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* 2012 : excerpts from Paris’ Interview with “Oprah’s Next Chapter”

“(…) There’s drama (at my private school), but I try to stay away from that. […] People have tried (to bully me), but it doesn’t always work. […] (It happens) at achool and some people try to cyberbully me, they try to get me with words, but that doesn’t really work. [smiles] […] A lot of people don’t like me. […] I don’t know (why). […] If I feel someone’s being fake, I would just, like, push ‘em away, ‘cause there are kids at my school that talk so bad behind my back and they don’t think I can hear them. A lot of times I can hear them, a lot of times my friends tell me what they say, and I’m like.. ‘Okay, cool.’ “

“(…) 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, like, when we went out without him, we wouldn’t be recognized and we can have a normal childhood. […] Yeah, he did (want us to have a normal life). […] He had his doubts, ‘cause I remember he told us that when he was younger, he never – he didn’t really have a childhood, like, he would always be stuck in the studio singing and – while other kids were out playing, and he wanted us to have that. So we would a lot of times go to Chuck E. Cheese and everything, and that was – Chuck E. Cheese and Toys ‘r’ Us was one of our favorite places to go.”

“Right now, I see other kids and their parents and I compare them to my dad.. Our dad was a really normal father, like, when he was with us. Yeah, we would get grounded if we did something bad. […] He would ground us [smiles], but he wouldn’t call it grounding, he would just say “You’re on punishment”. […] And sometimes we would be on punishment a lot. Mostly me and Blanket, because me and Blanket would always fight. […] Yes, (my brothers and I,) we are (close). […] Well, I mean, Prince is – starts to drift off, I mean he’s a teenager, he’s like a teenager boy there gonna do that and try to separate themselves from the rest, but me and Blanket have found a lot of things more in common. We’ve more things in common than I thought we did, so me and him have gotten a lot closer.”

“Around 9 or 10, I realized, like, ‘Wow, (my dad) he’s really big. […] (The first time I saw him perform on stage) I was like, “Wow”, and then I was like, “That’s my daddy, that’s my daddy”, and no one believed me [smiles]. […] Yeah (I’m able to listen to his music). […] [When I hear his music somewhere,] I just start to dance. [smiles] […] I listen to some really sad songs (of his too), like, “You Are Not Alone” makes me cry. […] I don’t – I think I’m doing alright, I mean, me and my brothers, we miss him with all our hearts, but… […] It never gets easier.. […] No, a lot of times I’m, like, in school and I just, like, remember something and I smile, ‘cause someone does something that reminds me of my memory.. And I have quite a few memories, and I can’t selectively pick them, they just come, I don’t know.”

“Yes, we did (celebrate Christmas). […] It was so much fun. We would – that was, like, the one day when we could always wear pajamas and we’d just go downstairs and we’d all have to wait till everyone was up and then get up on our presents. […] It was really fun. […] We would usually just go, like, take his stuff and wrap it, like, if he had there something that he really liked, we’d take it and we’d wrap it in wrapping paper, we’re like.. [laughs]. It was already his. […] We’d regift.”

“We would always watch movies together, like, we would go from hotel to hotel and he had this projector that he would bring with us, like, for DVD’s, he’d take the sheets off and he’d put them up on a wall and he’d just have our own home theater and it was amazing for every hotel we went to. […] That’s hard (to pick a fondest memory..] I remember one time when we were in Vegas, we – our dad was, like, it would just be me and him, we would call it “quality time”, so me and our dad, we’d get, like, Snickers and soda, we’d get all this junk food, which we usually wouldn’t eat junk food at all when we were younger, so we would eat all this junk food and then we’d bring it all up to the [hotel] room. That was one of my favorite memories.”

“[…] My record for reading a whole bunch of books in one week is, like, 27. We – I would read a lot and that’s why I don’t really like T.V. and computers and, like, all of that, because they take so much of your time just doing nothing. […] I am (on the computer a lot) and it’s bad, like, you’re not even doing anything productive. [smiles] I love reading, it’s a lot of fun, because it takes you to a whole new world.”