Katherine Jackson on Oprah: Children coping with father's death
Katherine Jackson said that Blanket, whose given name is Prince Michael Jackson II, is shy but now wants to attend school next year, when he'll be in fourth grade.
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Michael Jackson's children and mother said on Monday's episode of "The Oprah Winfrey Show" that they're still learning to cope with his death a year and a half after the pop star overdosed on a powerful anesthetic.
Jackson's oldest children, 13-year-old Prince and 12-year-old Paris, said they are adjusting well to private school, although their younger brother, Blanket, 8, is still home-schooled. The children have been living with grandmother Katherine Jackson, who is their guardian, since their father's death in June 2009.
In the pre-taped interview, Katherine Jackson said Blanket, whose given name is Prince Michael Jackson II, is shy but now wants to attend school next year, when he'll be in fourth grade.
The children were taped in the Jackson's back yard with several cousins and spoke about their memories of their father.
Prince, whose birth name is Michael Joseph Jackson Jr., said when the family lived in Bahrain, he and his father often walked the beach early in the morning drinking Coca Cola and eating Skittles or Snickers. Paris said he took her to art museums and was "the best cook ever."
Katherine Jackson said she wants to give the children as normal a childhood as possible, and is more lenient than her son was — including when he made the children wear veils in public.