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Paris Jackson's masked childhood: What was the deal?

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Paris Jackson talks to Oprah Winfrey

Paris Jackson is one of only a few people who understood why her father, Michael Jackson, made his children wear masks -- until now. The sole daughter of the late musician reveals her father's surprisingly sound reasoning to Oprah.

Paris JacksonParis Jackson's masked childhood was a mystery for many years, but now the daughter of late singer Michael Jackson is sharing exactly why she and her two brothers were never allowed in public without their faces covered. Apparently, Michael had a plan.

Chatting with Oprah Winfrey during her Oprah's Next Chapter interview, Paris Jackson spoke openly about her childhood.

"Do you remember when you were little... younger, and when you would go out in public your face would be covered?" Oprah asked the teen. "What did you think about that?"

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A soft-spoken Paris Jackson replied, "I was really confused, like I didn’t get why I was wearing a mask… But I understand it now, why dad would want our face to be covered -- like when we went out without him we wouldn't be recognized."

Speaking of Michael Jackson's wish for Paris and her two brothers to have a normal life she shared, "He told us that when he was younger, he didn’t really have a childhood and he wanted us to have that… Chuck E. Cheese and Toys ‘R’ Us were our favorite places to go."

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The full interview with Michael Jackson's 14-year-old daughter is set to air on OWN this Sunday. Check out a clip of Paris Jackson's mask discussion with Oprah below, courtesy of The Today Show.

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Do you think Michael Jackson's mask obsession was a pretty smart move after all?

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