November 8th, 2010
04:42 PM ET

Jackson's kids to Oprah: He was the best dad ever

More than a year after his passing, Michael Jackson’s parents and children appeared on Monday’s episode of “The Oprah Winfrey Show,” sharing personal memories of the late pop star.

During the pre-taped program, Katherine Jackson spoke on topics ranging from her son’s childhood to what she describes as the worst day of her life, his death on June 25, 2009.

In August, 2009, it was determined that Jackson died from an overdose of the powerful anesthetic Propofol. Mrs. Jackson told Winfrey that she spoke to her son only once about drugs, which he denied using.

“He kept saying, ‘My own mother don’t believe me,’” Mrs. Jackson recalled. “I was telling him I didn’t want to hear one day that he had overdosed because it would break my heart.”

Conrad Murray, who was Jackson's personal physician, is headed back to court in January facing a charge of involuntary manslaughter in Jackson's death. When asked what she would like to say to Dr. Murray, Mrs. Jackson replied, “Why didn’t he take care of my child? Why did he give that to him?”

As an adolescent, Mrs. Jackson said, Michael thought of himself as “ugly.” "He would say, ‘I’m just so ugly I don’t want to go out there.’ One day he just made up his mind ... he went down and got his nose done,” she recalled.

Mrs. Jackson said she believes her son was addicted to plastic surgery, and was too embarrassed to admit the amount of surgeries he underwent. At one point, she said, Michael’s nose looked “like a toothpick.”

During the course of the interview conducted at the family’s Encino, California home, Joe Jackson weighed in on Michael’s development as well.

“I never beat Michael like the media tried to say,” he said. After Mrs. Jackson revealed that her husband disciplined the children using a strap, Joe Jackson told Winfrey that he doesn’t regret his disciplinary style. “It kept them out of jail and raised them right,” he said.

Michael’s kids, meanwhile, reminisced about their favorite memories with their dad, such as the fact that he was a great cook.

“He tried to raise us without [us] knowing who he was, but that didn’t go too well,” Paris explained to Winfrey. “He was just a normal dad, well, except for he was the best dad ever.”

Since his passing, Mrs. Jackson said, “I think of my son all through the day, all the time. I think of the things he used to do when he was a little boy, the jokes he used to tell. I have a lot of good memories. That’s one thing they can’t take away from me.”

More of her memories can be found in her book, entitled “Never Can Say Goodbye: The Katherine Jackson Story” filled with 150 pages of never-before-seen photos. Mrs. Jackson told Winfrey, “I wanted to do (the book) for his fans and for the people that misunderstood him.”

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  1. mj hair on fire

    we all know the father of mj/s kids is the milkman and also joe jackson a great father dont make me laugh whacking mj with a belt if he didnt dance for 22 hours a day he can say he was a great dad coz mj isnt there to say u lying tw.t u beat the sh.t outa me a one sided argument can sound good even if stalin said it so dont bullsh.t us joe we know what u are

    December 15, 2010 at 3:57 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Alexander Lee

    Maybe there needs to be a discussion on how this man was allowed to buy these kids, because I would bet there is no genetic connection between MJ and his "children."

    November 9, 2010 at 6:05 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Angie

    It was pleasure to hear Paris Jackson speak, she was a very well spoken young lady and spoke from her heart about her father Michael Jackson. Katherine Jackson seems to be doing a great job raising the children, she is a very caring woman.
    For those negative postings, who are you people to decide who is normal or not? Are any of you compassionate to what this family is going through? You are talking about biological father of the children . And if you can't show some respect for Katherine's son shame on you haters. Those children were loved by Michael and he loved them – and that is the only kind of connection that matters in this world. And their grandmother is giving them the same love and affection.

    November 9, 2010 at 5:28 pm | Report abuse |
  4. April

    I am just wondering when they are going to realize he isnt their biological father-
    and want to go find out who their REAL fathers are.
    That being said, I know love is thicker than blood and I am sorry for their loss:(

    November 9, 2010 at 4:56 pm | Report abuse |
  5. just me

    Who fn cares

    November 9, 2010 at 4:28 pm | Report abuse |
  6. grammi

    Michael is not revered by everyone. I am sad for him and his life. He was a weird over-the-top entertainer much like Adam Lambert. I hope Lambert does not go in the same direction. Money means nothing in life.

    November 9, 2010 at 3:38 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Truthful

    Lets keep all negative comments to yourself.

    November 9, 2010 at 3:08 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Steven Seagal

    When asked what good came of his father's death, Prince replied, "He wouldn't ever let anyone else be Peter Pan when we played naked movie stars. Now I get to be Peter when we play daddy's favorite game."

    November 9, 2010 at 2:09 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Sharon

    Just a quick note on the comment on Celine Dion and husband's children...they are both the biological parents of all their children. When her husband got cancer, he had his spern frozen before having his treatments for cancer and to be used by Celine at a later date. And it took years of trying again, and finally they were lucky and had their children. So, don't give out comments without backing them up as truth. Thanks.

    November 9, 2010 at 1:50 pm | Report abuse |
  10. brent

    MJ had talent and like a lot of other famous artists had s-x and drug issues, but afterall the life style is s-x and drugs and rock n roll. He lived by the choices he made, he died by the choices he made. His choices and only his choices.

    November 9, 2010 at 1:37 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Dr Love

    Folks, there is no way to have 3 totally white children in a biracial marriage. The odds of having 1 look mostly white is astronomical. The odds of have 3 look exactly white is, well, you get the picture.

    November 9, 2010 at 1:19 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Debra kerr

    Ryan needs to go 2 bed. Got s–t detail at the ranch tomorrow.brown noser! Minimum wage

    November 9, 2010 at 1:08 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Jean

    I don't know if those kids are biologically Michael's or not but I wouldn't be surprised if he got a sperm donor who did not have vitiligo, lupus, addiction issues and other medical problem that he could have passed down to his children. People should stop judging and appreciate the great gifts Michael Jackson had and shared with so many people I think he was one of the greatest humanitarians of all time.

    November 9, 2010 at 12:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dr Love

      I treat vitalago and 1) it isn't spread evenly; 2) looks blotchy and discolored in the areas it does affect. Your entire face, neck, and hands are affected with it. So, was he putting heavy cake makeup all over his entire body? Daily?

      The man was sick and lost. You can blame the dad, the business, or what ever but, he wasn't a kid. He died at 50.

      November 9, 2010 at 1:25 pm | Report abuse |
  14. mobrule

    all you people claiming to care obviously have forgotten what lengths mj went to in order to keep those kids out of the spotlight. BOYCOTT ORCA AND HER FREAK SHOW!

    November 9, 2010 at 12:22 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Kris

    One thing that is obvious, is these kids do not act like typical chldren of someone famous. Alot of Hollywood kids are bratty and unintelligent- these kids are the exact opposite so Michael did something right. He clearly loved being a Dad and even though it's obvious these are not genetically his kids, that did not matter. Not everyone is capable of loving their own children as much as Michael and we need to give him credit for this. Brilliant artist, great Dad, troubled individual.

    November 9, 2010 at 11:47 am | Report abuse |
  16. Luz

    November 9, 2010 at 10:54 am | Report abuse |
  17. Lisa

    People say that MJ's kids seem well adjusted and that Katherine comes across as such an honest, these kids are clearly Caucasian being led to believe that they are the biological children of a Black man. The entire family is enabling this lie. Michael was unstable. The entire family is unstable. I wish them well, but I think all of them are in denial about a lot of things.

    November 9, 2010 at 10:47 am | Report abuse |
  18. david

    Yeah.... it's all fun and games at neverland until Michael F**** your kid.......

    November 9, 2010 at 10:39 am | Report abuse |
  19. Dee

    Awww Michael ... he was a great cook. Michael Jackson is the greatest entertainer and he's not only left a legacy of genius music, but three beautiful children who will continue to tell the world of the "best dad ever". God bless them.

    November 9, 2010 at 10:22 am | Report abuse |
  20. Sure

    Those are not MJ's kids. Probably his wife's and some donated white sperm. They are NOT half white and half black. Look at our dumb President. That is what you get from a white and black parents.

    November 9, 2010 at 10:08 am | Report abuse |
  21. steve

    Uhm one thing to say look who is in the picture Joseph jasckson i like michael alot but he wouldnt want his father around them

    November 9, 2010 at 9:40 am | Report abuse |
  22. kathyp

    A beautiful mother raised a beautiful man and in turn THAT man had beautiful children.
    May God continue to bless ALL the Jackson family; his close friends and Lisa Marie.
    This interview made me cry...can't stop crying.....

    November 9, 2010 at 9:40 am | Report abuse |
  23. BLOWBA

    Probably no one here has ANY idea what it's like to be a mega star. ANY second of normal life is a godsend. These children were the closest thing to normal that he had. I KNOW these children would not be praising their dad as they do if he was not a loving father!!

    November 9, 2010 at 8:49 am | Report abuse |
  24. BLOWBA

    Probably no one here has ANY what it's like to be a mega star. ANY second of normal life is a godsend

    November 9, 2010 at 8:45 am | Report abuse |
  25. celebs911

    November 9, 2010 at 8:11 am | Report abuse |
  26. celebs911

    It was very nice to see MJ children doing well, but you could feel their sorrow and their need to have their father in their lives. They are so well mannered and quite smart. I was impressed as they are just kids.
    See our article on MJ on Celebs911.

    November 9, 2010 at 8:10 am | Report abuse |
  27. wayne

    Jane, Do your research and stop being lazy and listening to the media!!! He was not!!! Here's a little help go to King Live Thomas Messereau and True Crimes Aphrodite Jones Michael Jackson. Then if that doesn't prove to you than you must be blind or have an extreme case of tunnel vision.

    November 9, 2010 at 8:02 am | Report abuse |
  28. loriey

    A pleasure to hear Paris Jackson speak, she is very well spoken, an elegant & beautiful young lady. Katherine Jackson seems to be doing well in raising the children. Disgusted to see Joe Jackson admitting he "whipped" his children to keep them in line & he doesn't regret it because they never got in trouble.
    Are these Michael Jackson's children.....YES....whether he fathered them naturally or not, he is LEGALLY their father. If someone adopted children totally unrelated to them, those children are legally considered the children of those adoptive parents. The same is true with Michael Jackson's children, legally they ARE his.
    I wish the chlldren a happy and loving life, they sure need it.
    Michael Jackson truly loved these children & tried to protect them from harm & from having their privacy invaded as his own life was. Stay strong Mrs. Jackson in your faith to raise the chldren properly.

    November 9, 2010 at 7:35 am | Report abuse |
  29. citas

    Sky, what drugs are you on? you are so nasty, go and get a life.

    November 9, 2010 at 6:37 am | Report abuse |
  30. someoneelse

    Jackson knew he was screwed up, and he knew why too. He did everything possible to keep his kids out of the spotlight (except that baby dangling stuff, but like I said, he was screwed up). It was the one good thing he did for them, and now even that is gone.

    November 9, 2010 at 6:36 am | Report abuse |
  31. citas

    i cannot believe some of the things I read , some are really nasty and has no sense at all , one even said he does not want to know any news about Michael and yet he is here making comments, and that is probably the reason you still believe what you believe because you dont want to know more, and some are jucging him for his addiction, he was not some junkie that took drugs for kicks , he became addicted to prescription drugs , pain medication that went out of control. As far as his children are concerned , do you have any father in mind that could be better than the ones they loved and lost, Michael Jackson. Some people need to have some common sense.

    November 9, 2010 at 6:31 am | Report abuse |
  32. sahar

    he was not the best dad for his kids atall ...noway...

    November 9, 2010 at 4:27 am | Report abuse |
  33. Ann

    Jay meb,. my sentiments exactly as yours. Not only are Michael's children beautiful and smart anyone who is not blind can see that all of Katherine Jackson's grandchildren are gorgeous and talented. She is a wonderful grandmother. Michael was not only an American hero, he was a genius. Wheather many of us like it or not that fact will be as long as this world remain. He was our male counterpart of Princess Di for all the charities he contributed to and supported. I am a black woman who has a blond hair blue eyed child. His father is black. My father had a white father and black mother. The day Michael died will forever be etched in my heart. I happened to be in Las Vegas with family on vacation when he died. I immediately went over to Tusseands Wax Museum to see his figure, take photos and sign the memory book for his family. I also remain a fan and admirer forever.

    November 9, 2010 at 3:15 am | Report abuse |
  34. Richard

    What is the difference between "taped" and "pre-taped". As in "During the pre-taped program". I think the sober writer would refrain from using the wild additive "pre-" and opt for the past tense.

    November 9, 2010 at 2:08 am | Report abuse |
  35. Germaine Kirk

    Ummm....sad/not sad...true/not true, he was a WEIRDO !!! I would have NEVER left my child with him......and that says A LOT !!

    November 9, 2010 at 1:19 am | Report abuse |
  36. msewynn

    Why do we think we have all answer when its conering someone else life. and our on life is upside down.

    November 9, 2010 at 1:08 am | Report abuse |
  37. Debra kerr

    Meanwhile,back at the ranch....jackson family...they sure put the 'fun' into dysfunctional,don't they??!his(m.j.'s) kids may be playing normal games now– and when they get older, when the world can't protect them from daddies molestation history and the fat 'F' on his historical report card., hopefully they don't have suppressed flashbacks such as daddies 'responsible' acthion(oops, sp.chk for Boob.,i mean Bob) actions of dangling the baby by it's wee leg., and
    repeat the got ytur s-t together act when thezy (bob?) They get their own children.he will live on, unfortunately for child advocates who despise child molesters.bless the chgildren oef the world.good thing there's a chance m.j. Wasn't their bio.they will recall one of these days and I hope they never end up like that wierdo.anyone can be a dad but it takes a real man to be a father.

    November 9, 2010 at 1:07 am | Report abuse |
    • walter

      If you only knew how silly you sound to the millions and millions who have read the trial transcripts, know the truth about the Arvizos, know that Arvizo went to jail, know the truth about the Chandlers, know that Chandler committed suicide within weeks of Michael's death, have heard the tape recorded extortion, and have investigated the facts, you would literally crawl behind a rock and hide out of embarrassment over your uneducated ignorance and media-fed gullibility.

      November 9, 2010 at 9:54 am | Report abuse |
  38. not a fan

    He was a WEIRDO- I sure as HELL wouldn't have left my kids with him!!!

    November 9, 2010 at 1:03 am | Report abuse |
  39. SiameseClown

    A very nice show. The children were very well spoken. That speaks volumes about their upbringing. Michael loved his children and would be very proud of them. R.I.P. Michael.

    November 9, 2010 at 12:36 am | Report abuse |
  40. Mario

    I watched the episode of Oprah with Katherine Jackson and I wasn't impressed. She seems in denial about how odd and messed up her family is (who in their right mind would name a child Jermajesty, that's a terrible name). Micheal's kids came off as arrogant, spoiled, and clueless and hearing Joe Jackson say he does NOT regret abusing his children was gross. The whole thing felt tacky and insincere, including Oprah herself.

    November 9, 2010 at 12:12 am | Report abuse |
  41. SKY


    November 8, 2010 at 11:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • TM

      SKY_Lets get your facts straight he had a skin condition that caused his skin to turn light. I know several people who have it so don't judge your ignorance is annoying.

      November 9, 2010 at 9:34 am | Report abuse |
    • Dr Love

      TM Vitalago DOESN'T cause all your skin to loose pgimentation. Only blotches of it. MJ did not have that but, used that as the reason why one day he was white. BTW, it takes YEARS to loose some pigmentation with this disease (not days....)

      November 9, 2010 at 1:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • Pablo

      Well, you can't really argue with SKY's fact's.
      His kids arrived in typical Hollywood fashion. Check cashed, kids arrive, show me the CarFax.
      ODD, he had some wives & NO KIDS. Then, he had KIDS and NO WIFE.
      Sounds like a great family man. Selfish goals.........

      November 9, 2010 at 2:17 pm | Report abuse |
  42. Electric Cars

    November 8, 2010 at 11:40 pm | Report abuse |
  43. Angel

    U are all nuts. None of u know any if the Jacksons yet u know how they lived. Who cares who children they are! They are happy and taken care of unlike so many others in this world. Judge judge judge thts all humans do. Now that's a sad life! Look at your own lives DAILY!

    November 8, 2010 at 11:35 pm | Report abuse |
  44. ekendrick

    as mj lived so will his children may god bless them and keep them

    November 8, 2010 at 11:19 pm | Report abuse |
  45. mignon

    MJ was the best. I frankly dont care where those beautiful children came from he was the parent. as for the drugs, sad, but did not have to steal, rob, or any of the things that street drug addicts tend to do. he hurt himself and no doubt his very caring family. some of yuou should probably look in your own family's closet as I am sure if not drugs then something society says is acceptible. as for Joe and the way he raised his kids, hell I was and am a "good parent" and one of mine acts like she was raised by a really,really bad person. i say that to say they dont get to pick us and visa versa. RIP Michael. hell what about Elvis who did drugs but people still flock to Graceland.

    November 8, 2010 at 11:16 pm | Report abuse |
  46. jenny

    There isn't a pure race. For blacks we have the male slave owners who bedded the female slaves to thank for our different hues. Biological or not-they have birth certificates that make MJ their dad. I'm saddened by some of the ignorance displayed in these comments.

    November 8, 2010 at 10:55 pm | Report abuse |
  47. Debra kerr

    I just read mj's mother's comment how his nose looked like a toothpick once after one of his nose mother never would beleive any of her own children may have had a drinking/drug problem despite the fact 2 out of 6 did...i never understood that denial,...oh well,then ma o.d.ed herself ... Not because she was in denial nor mad at the kids, some of us weren't blessed with a pretty face,either,justa face only a mother could love..(hey)... My ma didnt practicfe what she preachead . Well, I wish she had. She was a good lady .if my ma told me I was screwing up, and if I had somany nosejobs that my nose lookfed like a toothpick I would have taken a look at that,really...i may have even thouhgt she was dipping in da s-t . Herself. Anyone–anyone hoo listens to mj's ma should take her 2 a doctor . Obviously,m.j. Had a incredibly bad habit and things then, and maybe ma jak does too. Help her be4 those grandkids lose her .like my ma! WHAT is that bunch thinking??

    November 8, 2010 at 10:41 pm | Report abuse |
  48. cara

    its sad that some of you have nothing better to do than disect a dead mans life. get a freakin job or something, losers.

    November 8, 2010 at 10:40 pm | Report abuse |
  49. Marco555

    To me, it's all about the Jackson music. Those intoxicating rhythms and beats? You can dance to it, you can punch a bag to it, you can work to it, you can just veg to it with the head set,......I ignore the rest.

    November 8, 2010 at 10:32 pm | Report abuse |
  50. Kimberly

    I just want to say that Mrs. Jackson is indeed a very strong woman with an iron will that cannot be denied. She has endured a lot of trials and tribulations over the years with several of her children (Randy surving a car crash and walking again, LaToya and her marital debocle, and now enduring MJJ's passing). I have always had and will continue to the utmost respect for her and thank her for having the courage to share her thoughts and taking on the role of parent AND grandparent to Prince, Paris and Blanket simultaneously. Most importantly, thank you Mrs. Jackson for bringing a truly phenomenal human being into this world for all eternity.

    November 8, 2010 at 10:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • Carol

      Strong women? She sat back and allowed her hisband to beat her kids. Michael, Janet and LaToya have all said that Joe beat them. Joe did an interview where he said he never beat his kids. Because she never hit them witha something an inch thick.
      Anyone curious about why Joe who hasn't lived with katherine for years (he lives in Vegas) suddenly shows up on that day? And Katherine allows him? After numerous affairs?

      November 9, 2010 at 3:29 pm | Report abuse |
  51. ablack

    father is who loves n is there for the child,not a sperm donor.

    November 8, 2010 at 10:07 pm | Report abuse |
  52. melissa

    Quit hatin' on MJ...if you had a dad like Joe, you'd end up like he was do you know that he'd still be here if he wasn't doing drugs? And Maureen...would you really have reported him? Guess you've never had someone you love drink or do drugs. Getting them to stop when they don't want to is like beating your head against a brick wall...he did the best he could as a human...

    November 8, 2010 at 10:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • Not a martyr

      so you do get it. He was as good as he could be as a human...but not best dad ever. He is no martyr. Just a regular, drug addicted entertainer. Jim Morrison, Jimi Hendrix, Heather Ledger, Marylyn Munroe , Elvis and many, many more. Great talents, but bad judgement.

      November 8, 2010 at 10:47 pm | Report abuse |
  53. Denitia

    Sometimes u should just keep all comments to yourself cause no matter what Michael did or how he did it he will always n forever be loved R.I.P.

    November 8, 2010 at 10:04 pm | Report abuse |
  54. UpstateNYgal

    I have a good friend who insists that he had the "best parent in the world." Reality was his Mom was a mean alcoholic and his father was aloof, burying himself in is study after work. The house conditions were getting deplorable as the mother was a horder. Yet he insists he had the best parents. Truth is this guy has no self esteem. These children were forced to wear ridiculous looking masks, eat junk food all day,and didn't go to school. His mother is giving them the most normal life that they ever had.

    November 8, 2010 at 9:52 pm | Report abuse |
  55. Jennifer

    Does it really matter if they are his biological children? It really doesn't. It is only relevant if they are being told a lie. I don't think the kids should have been on Oprah. It's too much of a spectacle. They are kids. Let them be. And off the subject...for the love of God, would someone invent the code for a grammar check button for the comment section?! I'm sorry, but some of the comments just boggle my mind! Do they teach sentence structure in school anymore?

    November 8, 2010 at 9:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • Okay, Cranky Pants.

      If you wanna get that picky… geez … I guess you won't get best parent ever award.

      November 8, 2010 at 10:19 pm | Report abuse |
  56. Floyd

    But I am the 'Best Dad Ever' ! I can prove it....I have a coffee mug that says so. C'mon folks, let's not really believe he was the best dad ever. Those are sweet musings from his kids, which is wonderful, and beautiful but really he had his many issues that they not need know at this age. Michael, as well as the doctor were breaking the law and both doing something very risky. Michael knew the dangers, just as his cherished mother warned him and he denied it. So did the doctor who administered it only all for the love of money. MIchael bought these drugs illegally. Michael chose drugs over therapy. Sadly, like many pop stars and entertainers before him he was an addict and it killed him. ....plain and simple. Now someone go save Charlie before we lose him too! Not to mention the kids on reserves and the streets.

    November 8, 2010 at 9:39 pm | Report abuse |
  57. cece

    Yes to them he was a good dad. I just think its creepy that he really made kids to what he thought was perfection ....

    November 8, 2010 at 9:22 pm | Report abuse |
  58. YBP

    Scariest Halloween Costume: Michael Jackson. What is more unsettling than seeing a child masquerading as a child molester? He may have been a brilliant entertainer, but it seems that he was also developmentally arrested, an apparently disturbed and pathetic romantic deviant, and a predatory criminal that his bumbling doctor unwittingly brought to justice. And watching both his parents continually pick at his bones only serves to further this American Tragedy. These kids may be slightly better off now, but they still don't stand a chance. I mean, "Blanket?" These kids will never have a normal life.

    November 8, 2010 at 9:16 pm | Report abuse |
  59. jaymeb

    I don't really like Oprah interviewing the kids and I think it was obvious they weren't really comfortable with her. But about the man, Michael Jackson, I'd just like to say hat he was our greatest American hero whom the media tried to destroy. There should be a law against the media using soundbites, snippets and deceiving editing to paint a picture of someone that is so far from reality. For the millions of us who are fortunate enough to have had the intelligence to study him, he shaped and molded our lives. We will always remember the beautiful speeches he gave around the world, most notably the one at Oxford University. We will also remember that he spent 20 million annually out of his own pocket to allow disabled and dying children to experience joy and wonderment at Neverland. We will also have the hundreds of hours of video footage seeing Michael visiting orphanges & hospitals all over the world. And we will always appreciate the millions of dollars he gave to children, the organ transplants he paid for, the funerals he paid for, the medical bills he paid for, and for teaching us that what this world needs is a little more love. I'm ashamed of the way he was treated. He is without question the greatest entertainer to ever live and through tremendously hard work and dedication to his craft, he brought us a level of joy and entertainment that we will never see again. He gave the world all he had, his talent, his time, his money, his music, his dance, his speeches, and he got nothing but a media crucifixion in return. For those who are fortunate enough to be his fans and admirers, we will always love and respect Mr. Jackson. He was too good for this world. I hope he has finally found peace and happiness. I love his new song, too, and can't blame him for feeling that way.

    November 8, 2010 at 9:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • America1

      Your comment was simply beautiful..Thank you for sharing your kind, empathetic words with true MJ fans.

      November 8, 2010 at 10:17 pm | Report abuse |
  60. D

    @SKY. now on your keyboard on the far left- third button from the bottom that reads 'Caps Lock'. now press it.

    November 8, 2010 at 8:56 pm | Report abuse |
  61. khalid haroon

    are those kids jackson's genetic kids ? or did he take sperms from some donor ? cos they supposed to have dark skin !! right ?

    November 8, 2010 at 8:42 pm | Report abuse |
  62. @SKY

    nothing you type is actual fact, just opinion. you can dismount your high horse now.

    November 8, 2010 at 8:40 pm | Report abuse |
  63. patricia p lumaava

    Rest in peace Michael. Good luck to Mrs. Katherine Jackson and her 3 grandchildren...

    November 8, 2010 at 8:39 pm | Report abuse |
  64. cookie

    let me start with this...we are not to judge as far as biracial children, i have 3 and each looks different, my eldest and only girl looks mexican or puerto rician (not black or white) my eldest son looks white and mexican (again not black features at all) my youngest son looks black and matters none not to mention is it any of our business? absolutely not he has been daddy from day one. drugs....were we there? do we really know? all we know is what the media reports...fact or fiction not a clue. again is it our business? this man who was nothing less than love based on what he showed the world deserves to rest in peace. and back to the children, have you ever considered they have access to all of the words about them and their father? so concerned if he was their bio and what that means what about the pain being caused by all the negative things said by media and the public? dont those children deserve the same treatment we would want for our own surviving family members?

    November 8, 2010 at 8:39 pm | Report abuse |
  65. mary cann

    Mrs Jackson is lovely and gracious. She did a wonderful job raising her children. She is now doing a wonderful job with Michael's children. May you have a long and healthy life Mrs Jackson. We love Michael and his music will last forever

    November 8, 2010 at 8:39 pm | Report abuse |
  66. splasher6

    MJ had no kids... but they've fired Wade Phillips? OMG!

    November 8, 2010 at 8:34 pm | Report abuse |
  67. PARROT


    November 8, 2010 at 8:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • shell517nj

      just because michael wanted to protect his kids privacy and did not send them to public school, doesn't mean they didn't go swimming, bike riding etc. who ever said they weren't doing those things anyway? Its obvious michael spent quality time with them. they seem well rounded, well mannered and Paris is so mature for a 12 year old. beautiful kids. michael would be proud.

      November 8, 2010 at 9:39 pm | Report abuse |
  68. lpaczesny

    Okay Let's go back a bit. From my understanding Joe Jacksons father was a caucasian man and Prince Michael I looks just like him, And if you haven't been anywhere. There are biracial children that do have blonde hair and blue eyes. This is not the only case.

    November 8, 2010 at 8:33 pm | Report abuse |
  69. Jen

    A little respect people, they're kids!

    November 8, 2010 at 8:30 pm | Report abuse |
  70. SKY


    November 8, 2010 at 8:12 pm | Report abuse |
  71. Ignorance=bliss

    People need to get over themselves and quit judging others harshly while excusing their own shortcomings and EVERYONE has atleast a little so quit being hypocrites it will do society so much good and maybe we could progress instead of digress

    November 8, 2010 at 8:08 pm | Report abuse |
  72. D

    they let sky escape the mental ward again...

    November 8, 2010 at 8:08 pm | Report abuse |
  73. stick dog

    Donimus liked your post on your experience abd around Michael. Thanks for sharing.

    November 8, 2010 at 7:56 pm | Report abuse |
  74. Billy Jean

    WHEN I THINK OF MICHEAL I FEEL LIKE DANCING. WOO HOOO SHIMAL (grab myself so hard I want to scream) HEEEHEEE (now I spin 360 degrees in less than a sec) WOOOOOOO!

    November 8, 2010 at 7:50 pm | Report abuse |
  75. jd

    he may not be the biological father of those kids but he's their dad, can't deny him of that. living his entire life in a fishbowl along with the bizarro world circus cloud that loomed over his head, to quote a dave chappelle skit where MJ is on trial sums it up best " you think mr. jackson is guilty." "no, he made thriller......thriller"

    November 8, 2010 at 7:44 pm | Report abuse |
  76. SBiondo

    Jackson thought he could fool the public. Anyone who believes those are his biological children are simply just stupid. A genetic miracle that would happen to create a pure white child from a VERY black man (originally, and genetically), not once, but twice...this would be the most amazing part of this whole story!!! Biracial people come out looking biracial. Every feature on those childrens faces are Caucasian! MJ may have been a fantastic father, and misunderstood altogether...BUT THERE IS NO WAY ON EARTH THAT THOSE ARE HIS BIOLOGICAL CHILDREN.

    How many AMAZING things had to happen to Michael Jackson for you guys to realize that he was a little full of ****? Only HE turned white from black. Only HE changed so much without plastic surgery. Only HE was a black man who miraculously had white children...guys, Michael Jackson was a huge liar! Either that, or everything unbelievable kept happening to him and him only. Some of you are so naive...

    November 8, 2010 at 7:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ashley

      Actually some biracial children do not. My brother is mixed with Caucasian and Black but he looks full Caucasian. Two of my Great Aunts are full Black but look Caucasian even though my Grandmother and my mother both has standard Black features. My best friend is like my brother except her dad is a very very dark Black man but she looks full Caucasian even has light blonde hair and green eyes. It is rare for Biracial Children to look like one race but it is not impossible. So please be informed before making rash comments.

      To all the other people, you do not have to be some biological related to consider them family. My brother's father is Caucasian but I call him Daddy or Dad (depending on the situation). Yet, He considers me his daughter, his real daughter and only the color of our skins make us different besides that i am just like him.

      November 8, 2010 at 9:58 pm | Report abuse |
  77. Kristina

    Fact... MJ was loved by millions of people, hence his many, many awards. Could they all be wrong? We ALL loved his music and were infacuated by his lifestyle, so can we just all agree that he was extremely talented and let him RIP?
    His children loved him with all there hearts so let's not "squash" there feelings for him.
    Goodnight to all

    November 8, 2010 at 7:38 pm | Report abuse |

    The way you make me feel!! WHooo HOOO (grab myself and do the moon walk) Heee Heeee (now I spin around) HOOOOOoooo. Grab myself again Owwwwww!

    November 8, 2010 at 7:30 pm | Report abuse |
  79. Just tired of hearing it all

    Mr. Jackson had talent – no one seems to disagree with that However, he was a druggie – plain and simple. I turn the channel and radio when something about Mr. Jackson is on. No drug addict should be made a hero unless they had sense enough to seek help and become sober/clean. I'll keep doing what I do – turn it off when I hear his name.

    November 8, 2010 at 7:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • Nicole

      Then why did you even read this?

      November 8, 2010 at 11:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • BioHzrd

      I don't think your plan is working...

      November 9, 2010 at 9:36 am | Report abuse |
    • valrmi

      well, you obviously don't live in the real world. We have hero's who have committed atrocities, lied, cheated, and yet we call them hero's(John McCain, Oliver North) to name a few. We who walk this earth are so far from perfection. We all have weaknesses and flaws. Michael's insecurities fed his addictions, but his LOVE fed an nurtured his children. Despite what anyone might say, those children appear happy, well adjusted, articulate, and they LOVED their father. In the end, it doesn't matter what the media remembers, prints, posts or blogs about any's the loving memory held in the hearts of family and dear friends that really count.

      December 2, 2010 at 10:30 am | Report abuse |
  80. Wachichoo

    Jackson Smackson Wackson Woo. Beat It.. Whooo Whooo (grab my balls and turn around) HOOOOOOoooooo!

    November 8, 2010 at 7:25 pm | Report abuse |
  81. francis

    The guy is gone n is a legend whether u like it or not. A question 4 haters of people knw u?if they do,what do dey say abt u?

    November 8, 2010 at 7:24 pm | Report abuse |
  82. Hobart from Westminster

    God Bless you Children....

    November 8, 2010 at 7:23 pm | Report abuse |
  83. janjan

    Tout le monde savait qu'I'll prenait de la drogue et maintenant qu'I'll est mort ,on essai de faire quoi.??
    Sales ipochrites que vous etes.

    November 8, 2010 at 7:21 pm | Report abuse |
  84. cant read

    U all need to stop judging people who have addiction. Shoot. U so perfect??????????? Addiction is a disease. Has nothing to do with being a good or bad dad. Its a disease. Idiots. Stop judging so freaking much

    November 8, 2010 at 7:19 pm | Report abuse |
  85. Tim

    I remember when Michael was their age. Here is an clip I found of him at that age performing with The Jackson 5 –

    November 8, 2010 at 7:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • John

      Loved seeing MJ back in 1970. Certainly brought back some wonderful memories! Can't wait for Michael's "new" album.

      November 9, 2010 at 12:51 pm | Report abuse |
  86. Hmmm

    Nice person, strange ways, loved his kids, died from the stupidty of a doctor who was trained to understand when to say "no", but didn't.

    November 8, 2010 at 7:13 pm | Report abuse |
  87. donimus

    I've been reading the comments and most of yall are very supportive in your comments. I'll add my 2 cents because l'm one of the few who got a chance to meet Michael's mother and him. I live here in Los Angeles - back in the 90's l worked for Dick Clark Productions we produced and they still do The American Music Awards. the year Michael broke and set the record for nominations and wins we went to the family home where he was still staying in Encino, the same house Oprah did the interview in.

    I'll never forget that day – the house is beautiful, saw his animals, met Bubbles, than his mother came out met and talked to her about 45 minutes, she came across as a motherly type woman, very soft spoken, l was defintely impressed.

    Up to that point l had met and worked with just about every famous musician on the planet – but none of them approached Michaels status, at rehearsals he would talk your head off – he was a perfectionist, if one of the dancers missed a half step, he would do it again. We used to love when he was there cause he had his own caterer – now, we had good food ourselves that was catered, but he was a vegetarian, l never knew that food could tast so good. Everyone loved him – everyone in that industry, no one spoke ill of him NO ONE. So to you Michael

    Happy Trails Pal – R I P

    November 8, 2010 at 7:13 pm | Report abuse |
  88. Shannon


    Yeah, regular drug addicts have kids taken away. NOT because they are taking drugs but because the drugs render them unable to properly care for the children. Rich people have nannies, that makes that a NON-ISSUE. Child welfare inspects for evidence of abuse and neglect which they had done in relation to his molestation charges and found nothing. If your kids are well fed, in a clean home and not being physically abused, child services is NOT taking them anywhere and that my friend is the only FACT you need to know.

    November 8, 2010 at 7:13 pm | Report abuse |
  89. IGNANT !

    Obviously all of u "haters" really have nothing better to do then to prey on a dead man and his family..and I feel very very sorry for you...ur life must be that bad...nobody is perfect....and I'm sure your not even close....seriously.Lay of the HaterAid..when u all pass....I wonder what goood things people will have to say about u believe everything u hear in the media? the looks of it you do. People do extreme..bad things when it comes down to $$...I bet u...if neone did what MJ was accused of to one would care because ur a plan ol noone....let the man rest in peace for once in his afterlife....!!!!

    November 8, 2010 at 7:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • Death Before R&B

      I wonder why none of these african-american actors/"musicians" ot there havent used the name Ig'Nant like Flo Rida and all the other incredibly creative artists out there with similar names?

      November 9, 2010 at 11:24 am | Report abuse |
  90. Sharon O

    Michael was not addicted to plastic surgery - he weas addicted to NOT looking like Joe.

    November 8, 2010 at 7:05 pm | Report abuse |
  91. SKY


    November 8, 2010 at 7:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • Caps Locks R Making You Much More Relevant

      Dude, get a grip...

      November 8, 2010 at 7:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • Cartman

      Respect My Authoritay....

      November 8, 2010 at 7:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • Truthwillsetyoufree

      Honestly, I don't know anyone anymore that is stable or genuinely good. Everyone has ghost in the closet...

      November 8, 2010 at 7:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • tapu

      SKY, seems that a lot of people here are worried about you, "mentially."

      November 8, 2010 at 8:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mok

      OMFG Im out of California weed...what were we talking about?

      November 9, 2010 at 11:18 am | Report abuse |
    • Lisa

      Before you judge, maybe you should look in the mirror, those kids are happy. They have seen things and experience great things you will never do. Leave them alone, and quit judging cause sooner or later that will come back to you, we all have are weaknesses, but we all have are talents and strengths. Those kids are great, and they are normal kids. SO BACK OFF...

      November 9, 2010 at 2:05 pm | Report abuse |
  92. only a kid

    so you are calling my mom a bad parnet because she drinks wine in the house get alife dumb butt.

    November 8, 2010 at 6:57 pm | Report abuse |
  93. A question.....

    To those posting offensive comments here, a question : Who are any of us to decide who is normal or not? Are any of you in the slightest bit compassionate to what this family has, and is going through? You are talking about someone who was those children's father and someone's son. And if you can't show respect and use words that don't shame your own humanity - then you are to be pitied. Those children were loved by Michael and he loved them - and that is the only kind of connection that matters in this world. Sounds soft right? I agree - but it's still the truth.

    Can you hear To the mi

    November 8, 2010 at 6:57 pm | Report abuse |
  94. Josh

    Wow Ty, youre a moron. As if MJ would wanna touch your kids anyway haha. Go kick rocks or somethin.

    November 8, 2010 at 6:51 pm | Report abuse |
  95. Josh

    You all thought MJ and his family were nornal? No family is normal because every single person has flaws and things they just cant overcome. Before you point a finger, make sure your hands are clean. Its obvious that MJ had no real shot at a normal life since he was 5. Poor child. I feel for his family and will watch the interview in about ten mins West coast time.

    November 8, 2010 at 6:50 pm | Report abuse |
  96. Doris

    Damn. the man been dead a year and is still popular! Go ahead Micheal Jackson RIP The King of POP!

    November 8, 2010 at 6:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • LK2

      And Elvis has been dead 33 years, and is still talked about! MJ will be talked about for many years to come! Every anniversary, etc. Long live the king! 🙂 He was "weird", but he was talented. There's no denying that!

      November 8, 2010 at 6:50 pm | Report abuse |
  97. LK2

    MJ had a very sad life. I don't care what Joe says, he was a HORRIBLE father to them! For MJ to feel he was "ugly" comes from insecurities, and I'm sure those insecurities came from his upbringing. I believe his mom, Katherine, was a loving, caring mother, but Joe is another story. There's even been some things that Katherine has "hinted" that Joe wasn't a good father to them. No wonder MJ was so messed up. MJ was a great talent, and his kids was the world to him! It's what made him whole again. What a waste. Such a talent gone. And I feel so sorry for his kids and his family.

    November 8, 2010 at 6:39 pm | Report abuse |
  98. Oh Yeah

    First of all if his children love, respect, and feel he is the best father ever, then what can anyone else say? Second, mixed or biracial kids come out looking white, black, brown, yellow, or red. Only ignorat people without a clue would second guess their race or ethnicity. Everything isn't as it appears to be. Third, stop hating on MIchael and his family because you are miserable and broke. Being jealous and miserable is your fate, not theirs. Now, get over it!

    November 8, 2010 at 6:37 pm | Report abuse |
  99. ughh

    Umm..... Yeah they are he just did the artificial insemination.....

    November 8, 2010 at 6:22 pm | Report abuse |
  100. David Parker

    If Mike is the biological father of these two kids.... Give me a break....

    November 8, 2010 at 6:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • donimus

      They're his kids.

      November 8, 2010 at 7:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • CCCool

      david parker and the dude have taken to calling Michael Jackson "Mike" ! There are no other people in the universe that are so twisted as to say "Mike Jackson". LOL LOL That is sooooooooooo messed up. You guys are totally ferkled up, and "Ty" is a piece of work, as well. Maybe this comment page really is a good thing. It's probably good to try to corral all the whack jobs on one page.

      November 8, 2010 at 7:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • wayne

      Doesn't matter how he decided to have his kids. Their his kids and why does it bother you so much? Grow up and stop being so judgemental.

      November 8, 2010 at 11:54 pm | Report abuse |
  101. koko1

    i didn't know you were there splitting headache.

    November 8, 2010 at 6:17 pm | Report abuse |
  102. Barbara

    Michael had an addiction and it affected everyone around him. No one has the power to make an addict stop except the addict himself. I'm sure he was surrounded by enablers who gave him anything he wanted. His family and true friends were adamant about helping but could not do it without his wanting sobriety/recovery. Did I know Michael, I sure didn't but I have an addict in my family and I know how painful it can be for all involved. Addicts are HUMAN, with feelings, but the disease has a tremendous power over them. Many can live in recovery, many pass away. In spite of this, he raised 3 productive, caring and loving children. with the help of the remaing jackson, I hope they live a long and healthy life.

    November 8, 2010 at 6:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • wayne

      Barbara, It's not his fault that he got burned during that Pepsi commercial!! So what's you're point?

      November 8, 2010 at 11:51 pm | Report abuse |
  103. Tam

    Whose children are they, really? Biologically. What a sad life. And Joe should look in the mirror - a mooch.

    November 8, 2010 at 6:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • MsT

      When an infertile couple uses an egg or sp erm donor, do people ask who the biological parents of their children are? No one's asking Sarah Jessica Parker and Matthew Broderick or Celine Dion and that old French dude who the biological parents of their kids are. Why can't Michael get the same respect?

      November 8, 2010 at 6:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jac02

      @MsT... basically what you said is true and are you have a great point but you are incorrect in saying Celine Dion's (& Husband) & Sarah Jessica Parker's (& Husband) children are not biologically theirs. Celine & her husband used her egg and his sperm and she carried her own children. Sarah & her husband used her egg and his sperm and had someone else carry her child (a surrogate) because she was unable to do so herself the second time around.

      November 8, 2010 at 7:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bob

      My 2 children are adopted. Ask them who their parents are.You dont have to conceive and give birth to be parents.My wife I are their parents.End of discussion!

      November 8, 2010 at 9:46 pm | Report abuse |
  104. premiereone

    If those kids say they had the best dad ever, why would someome post a comment to those kids that what they felt in their hearts about their dad was not that way at all?

    November 8, 2010 at 5:51 pm | Report abuse |
  105. tina

    Sky- take it easy. everyone who knows him personally says that he was great dad. No need to use caps to make your point across. People do get dependent on meds to relieve pains so don't be so harsh.

    November 8, 2010 at 5:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • kiki

      Well said Tina! The only people that can judge him as a good father are his children. If they felt he was a good father then we should leave it alone.

      November 8, 2010 at 5:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • donimus

      @ Kiki good point very well said.

      November 8, 2010 at 6:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sandy

      agreed Tina, well said!

      November 8, 2010 at 7:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • mobrule

      like the kids are going to say anything bad about him. glad Orca doesn't have a problem with exploiting these kids for ratings so her lemmings can get in on the freak show.

      November 9, 2010 at 11:34 am | Report abuse |
    • Ch1108

      @mobrule – What did you accomplish with all the name calling?

      November 9, 2010 at 4:26 pm | Report abuse |
  106. premiereone

    This is the perhaps my 10th viewing of the Oprah Show. And this time, Katherine Jackson was the reason. Mrs. Jackson is such an truthful and honorable lady. The kids look well-adjusted. I am so happy for them. The book will be an insightful read, I'm sure.

    November 8, 2010 at 5:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bill

      I agree with your opinion on Mrs. Jackson. It also goes to show that opposites attract.

      November 8, 2010 at 7:11 pm | Report abuse |

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