In an exclusive interview with Michael Jackson's mother Katherine, Hello! Magazine revealed why the Jackson 5 matriarch decided to "unmask" the King of Pop's three children Prince, Paris, and Blanket.
Katherine shared her thoughts on Jackson's parenting prior to his 2009 death, saying, "They were sheltered a lot when Michael raised them."
Speaking in reference to the masks Paris and Prince famously wore in public when they were children, Michael's mother stated that she made her own decision to go a different route with her grandchildren. "I had thought about it and I said 'I am not going to raise them like that,'" she added. "But Michael had a good reason. He was trying to protect them."
The children's legal guardian also discussed the mental health of her granddaughter, Paris, who is currently being treated at a residential facility after she was brought to the hospital for slitting her wrists and swallowing over-the-counter drugs.
"She is in a good place, getting the help she needs," Jackson said of Paris.
"The treatment is going good, really good. She's my baby," said Jackson. "It's hard for me, really hard. All I wanted these kids to be is happy. The night Michael died Paris was crying and said 'I want to go and see Daddy, I don't want to be without him.'"
When Paris was taken to the hospital because of her suicide attempt, the family's lawyer Perry Sanders said that it was the death of her father that prompted such actions. "Being a sensitive 15-year-old is difficult no matter who you are." Sanders said in a statement. "It is especially difficult when you lose the person closest to you. Paris is physically fine and is getting appropriate medical attention."
Katherine Jackson also discussed the "good manners" that the "Beat It" singer instilled in his children, but that there are also generational gaps between her and her grandchildren, as she doesn't understand how they are always on their phones.