Paris’s childhood was unusual in other ways, too. Her famous father insisted all his children wear masks for privacy when out and about with him. “When we went out without him, we wouldn’t be recognized, and we could have a normal childhood,” Paris told Oprah Winfrey in 2012. “He told us when he was younger he didn’t really have a childhood… He wanted us to have that.”
Unfortunately, in the end, Paris’s childhood didn’t pan out the way her father had wanted it. In June 2009, when Paris was just 11, Michael Jackson died in his home of a prescription drug overdose. There was a massive torrent of grief from all around the world, but nobody felt the loss more keenly than Paris and her brothers.
She spoke at her father’s memorial service, the first time she had even spoken in public. Watched by an audience of literally millions, she cried as she spoke about her dad. “Ever since I was born, Daddy has been the best father you could ever imagine. I just wanted to say I love him so much,” Paris said to the crowd, before being comforted by her family members.