'I was really confused': Paris Jackson tells Oprah she didn't understand why father Michael made her wear a mask in public
07:51 GMT, 8 June 2012
Her late father Michael Jackson would frequently make his children wear an array of masks in a bid to keep herself and brothers Prince Michael and Prince Michael II out of the prying eye of the paparazzi lens.
Now the King Of Pop's daughter Paris has opened up about the disguises, describing that period of time in her life as being 'confusing.'
But in Oprah's Next Chapter interview, which airs on Sunday on OWN, the 14-year-old also says she now understands what her father's intention was.
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Confusing: Paris, seen holding the hand of her late father Michael Jackson, has opened up about her childhood and her father making her and her brothers wear masks in public in a new interview with Oprah
'I was really confused,' the teen tells Winfrey.
'I didn't get why I was wearing a mask. But I understand it now – why my dad would want our faces to be covered. When we went out without him we wouldn't be recognized.'
She said that the mask-wearing helped her and her brothers live a childhood, which she describes as 'normal'.
'We had a normal childhood – including trips to the children's arcade and restaurant Chuck E. Cheese's,' she explains to the veteran talk show host.
Hard to cope: Paris tells Oprah Winfrey how much she misses her father Michael in a new interview
While Michael was in the public eye from such a young age, Paris says her father wanted his own children to enjoy their youth.
'He told us that when he was younger he didn't really have a childhood,' says Paris.
'He would always be stuck in the studio singing while the kids were out playing. He wanted us to have that.'
Concealed: Paris wears a ornate mask whilst out shopping with her father in April 2009
'Chuck E. Cheese's and Toys R Us were our favorite places to go.'
Paris opens her heart to chat show queen Winfrey to reveal the pain over her father's death, saying it is still as raw as ever.
a sneak preview released on the internet, she is also seen explaining
how still finds the death of the King of Pop hard to cope with.
Going into showbusiness: Paris will also talk about her decision to go into acting at such a young age
She said: ''It never gets any easier.'
Paris addresses the 50-year-old's death in June 2009 due to an overdose of the powerful anesthesia propofol.
physician Dr. Conrad Murray was sentenced to four years in prison after
he was convicted of involuntary manslaughter for administering the
The teenager is also going to talk about her fledgling acting career acting career.
She is already set to star in the upcoming fantasy movie Lundon's Bridge and the Three Keys.
In a recent interview, her aunt Janet Jackson talked about her reservations about her niece's acting career.
Very friendly: Paris seemed to get on swimmingly with the chat show doyen following their heart-to-heart
She said: 'We've spoken about the fact that you're only a child once.
'I think there's a time for everything, and now is not the time [to act in films].
'I told her I thought she should enjoy being a kid, possibly go to college–or not–but wait till she turns 18.
'She's a very tough, smart girl. But it's a cut-throat industry. I wouldn't want my child to do it.'
Oprah will be hoping the exclusive interview will draw in some more viewers to her embattled network.
The average prime-time audience for the entire year of 2011 was 264,000, with Lisa Erspamer, Executive Vice President of Production and Development, leaving the company in January as a result.
According to the New York Post the channel has losses standing at an astonishing $330m.
Audience puller: Oprah will be hoping her exclusive interview will pull in some viewers to her failing network
Keeping his memory alive: Paris and her brothers Prince and Blanket went to a hand and footprint ceremony in his honour in Los Angeles earlier this year