Almost a year after the death of superstar Michael Jackson, his mother is talking for the first time about how his children struggle with their grief.
Katherine told the Daily Mirror that the kids live a largely isolated existence and are still immersed in memories of their beloved father.
Paris, she said, has turned her bedroom into a shrine to Michael. “I wanted to hang pictures of flowers or ballerinas in Paris’s room, the sort of things I expected a girl would like,” Katherine said. “But she went into a closet and she brought out seven or eight pictures of Michael, and she told me, “No, I want daddy hanging in my room.” So she goes to bed looking at him and wakes up looking at him. Paris said, “I always want to be able to see him.” Paris has that lovely way, just like him, and I see his talent in her. Whatever she does, she is very good at it. She’s a good artist, she plays the piano and she wants to be an actress.”
The boys speak often about wanting to make Michael proud. All three spend hours listening to their father’s music.
“They don’t have any friends,” Katherine revealed. “They don’t go to school, they have private lessons at home — but that will change in September, when they are due to enroll at private college. But they have their cousins and aunts and uncles around them constantly, and that’s helped them immensely. To them, it’s normal, it’s the life they have known. They have a certain time to go to bed, then they get up and get dressed for lessons. They practice karate and swim, which they love. Each one of them is like Michael in a certain way. It has been a daily battle to cope with our huge loss.”