Washington D.C. [USA], Nov. 4 : One of Michael Jackson's sons, Prince Jackson, recently opened up about his childhood with the late music icon who tragically died seven years ago.
The 19-year-old, in an interview with The Los Angeles Times, talked about the legacy his father left with him, but makes it clear that while MJ influenced Prince's life, he's not trying to imitate his dad.
"Everyone thinks I'm going to do music and dance," he laughed admitting he could not do either. Jackson also admitted that he had "always wanted" to go into production even though music is "a big part of my life" and "shaped who I am".
"My dad would ask me what I wanted to do and my answer was always producing and directing," he said. Earlier this year, Prince put his interests to produce his first music video for 'Automatic' and also used it to launch 'King's Son Productions', a name inspired by his father's nickname, the 'King of Pop'.
Jackson also shared the career advice his father once gave him "Trust no one". "It sounds bad, but...a lot of people are motivated by themselves," he explains, adding, "He said don't trust someone just because it sounds like a good idea-do your research.
There are a lot of people who want to interact with [me and my siblings] just because of who we are." That might be the same reason behind MJ choosing to put masks on his children when they were younger.
"My dad spoke to me like an adult. He told us the reason for the masks was he wanted us to have our own life without him," Jackson revealed, noting he and his siblings could often go out without their father unbothered because they were unrecognizable.
The dutiful son has apparently learnt how to live life without his dad around as Prince explains that the best they can do is keeping MJ a part of their everyday life in some way.
"The way I cope with [the grief] is incorporating him into my life in every way-from my company logo having little bits of him [to] using his metaphors and trying to follow everything he taught us," Jackson said.
"My brother and my sister, we've all coped differently. I've gotten better the older I get," he added..