He tried to keep them out of the limelight during his lifetime. But it seems the lure of showbiz has proved too overpowering for Michael Jackson's children.
In their first interview since the King of Pop died, 12-year-old Paris and Prince Michael, 13, revealed to Oprah Winfrey that they would like to eventually enter the film business.
Paris said: "I'd like to be an actress when I'm older. I sometimes do improvs. I used to do them with my dad."
Prince Michael also said that he would like to "produce movies and direct."
The youngsters were kept out of the public eye for much of their childhood and Michael made them wear masks whenever they left the house with him.
Paris explained that these masks ensured people did not recognise them when they weren't with their father.
She added: "I appreciated [the sentiment]. It wasn't always comfortable but yes. He tried to raise us without [us] knowing who he was, but that didn't go so well."
Since their father's death, the two, along with younger brother Blanket, are living with their grandmother Katherine and have even enrolled in a local school.
Michael Jackson: A tribute
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