In an interview with the Los Angeles Times, Prince Michael Jackson shared his father’s words of caution and explained the rationale behind the masks that he and his sister Paris were required to wear when they were growing up.
Prince, the son of Michael Jackson and a sophomore at the Loyola Marymount University, is embarking on his own career in the music industry at 19 years old through music video production. His first two music videos for Omer Bhatti and the Sco Triplets were produced under his newfound production company called King’s Son Productions; a nod to his father’s legacy.
“Honestly, I’m just going with the flow. I’m still young, my ideas can change,” Prince told the LA Times. “I can never be separated from my father — he set that big of an example. And I don’t really have a problem with that. I’m proud to have his name and to be his son.”
Prince said that his father always treated him like an adult and openly explained his parenting decisions to him. “He told us the reason for the masks was he wanted us to have our own life without him,” Prince said in regards to the masks that he and his sister wore when were out in public as children. Frankly, he wasn’t even aware of how big of a star his father was until he grew older.
“I remember being in Disneyland and I went to the window and there were all these fans waving and taking pictures of me. I thought it was normal, so I just waved back,” said Prince. “It wasn’t until I saw a video of him performing and people were fainting and passing out, when I realized the work he did meant a lot to people.”
Prince said that one of the most memorable pieces of advice that Michael imparted upon him was, “Trust no one.”
“It sounds bad, but … a lot of people are motivated by themselves,” said Prince. “He said don’t trust someone just because it sounds like a good idea — do your research. There are a lot of people who want to interact with [me and my siblings] just because of who we are.