It’s always a wonder whether celebrity children understand the extent of superstardom their parents obtained. In an interview with Good Morning America, Michael Jackson’s eldest son sat down with Robin Roberts to discuss the moment he realized his father was famous. As his sister, Paris, steps from behind their father’s shadow, Prince Jackson talks creating his own identity outside of his father’s celebrity and legacy.
“I guess when we kind of realized was when we saw videos of him performing. We were out of the country at the time, and we were watching some videos of his performances. I’ve been used to seeing most females pass out when they see their [favorite] artists. They get, you know, very emotional,” Prince said, discussing the first time he realized his dad was extremely famous. “But what blew my mind was when I saw these big, muscle-bound dudes fainting and having to be dragged out.”
“So, I was like, ‘Okay there’s something else going on here,” he added, while maintaining he still didn’t quite understand it, since the “King of Pop” was, in fact, their father.
“Even after we realized he was the King of Pop – even to this day, I don’t think it holds the same weight to us that it does to other people because he was our father, our dad, our daddy – whatever you want to call him” he continued.
While Paris breaks out into the fashion world, by signing with a top-tier modeling agency, Prince is making a name for himself behind the scenes with the launch of his company called King’s Son Productions.
“King’s Son Productions has this mantra where ‘a title is earned, but a name is given.’ So, I was born as Prince and that was the name my dad had given to me,” Prince said. “But my dad had earned the epithet King of Pop and that’s through hard work and years of training and everything he worked so hard to get. So, it’s a form of motivation because my name is Prince, but for all intents and purposes I am the King’s son and working to get my own epithet.”
As Paris takes on the public-eye, Prince reveals he would much rather keep his private life out of the spotlight.
“I’m not a fan of having my private or personal life being out there,” he said, “but I understand the importance of showing what I do and hopefully trying to inspire others to continue spreading the good and helping the community.”
Prince believes his father would be supportive of anything either of them tries to accomplish.
“As we were growing up, my dad always said, ‘I really don’t care what you do in life as long as you’re happy doing it and you’re the best at what you do. If you want to be a janitor at a high school, you should be the best janitor that you can be,” Prince said. “I think that he would always be the supporting figure to my siblings and me and support us in all the endeavors that we try.”