More details emerge of Paris Jackson's sheltered upbringing

Thursday July 9, 2009

Despite Michael Jackson's continuous attempts to keep his three children out of the spotlight, 11-year-old Paris was firmly thrust into the public eye this week.

Her heart-wrenching tribute to "the best daddy you could ever imagine" at Tuesday's memorial service gripped millions of onlookers around the globe.

And as the youngster begins the healing process after losing her beloved father, details of her upbringing have highlighted how keen Michael was to shield her and her siblings from the outside world.

Although the singer's goal was to steer the children away from the pressures of fame - for example covering their faces on public outings - the rules were not just concerned with privacy.

Paris apparently had her toys thrown out after they were played with once, because of the singer's fear of germs according to The Mirror.

And the air quality in her nursery was checked every hour while the twelve nurses and nannies looking after the children were kept under video surveillance.

"How can (Paris) go into society? It would be too difficult." The 50-year-old once said.

Although his parenting skills may have differed from the norm, as his little girl took to the stage in front of the world on Tuesday, there was no doubt how much she was feeling the loss of her father.

"He was father, mother and friend to them." Michael's childhood friend, actor Mark Lester reveals.

"They were so reliant on him they begged him to stay even if he was just walking into the next room."

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