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June 09, 2012  | by: Danielle Lawrence

Paris Jackson and Orpah Winfrey

Paris Jackson has revealed she wasn’t the only one confused when her father, the late Michael Jackson, forced her and her brothers to wear masks when out in public as a children. Nevertheless, she admits to having a pretty “normal” childhood.

In an interview with Oprah Winfrey airing Sunday on OWN Paris, the two discussed everything about growing up as children of the King of Pop.

“I was really confused, like I didn’t get why I was wearing a mask,” Paris said. “But I understand it now, why our dad would want our face to be covered, so if we went out without him, we wouldn’t be recognized and we could have a normal childhood.”

Paris in a mask when she was younger

The 14-year-old added that trips to children’s arcades and restaurants helped to lead a normal life. “[Michael] told us that when he was younger he didn’t really have a childhood. He’d always be stuck in the studio singing while other kids were out playing,” she said. “And he wanted us to have that…. Chuck E. Cheese and Toys ‘R’ Us were out favorite places to go.”

On the other hand, Paris said that when it came time for discipline, her father, who died in June of 2009 from propofol intoxication, was plenty strict.

“Now I see other kids and their parents and I compare them to my dad. Our dad was a really normal father when he was with us. We would get grounded if we did something bad,” Paris told Oprah. “He would ground us. He wouldn’t call it grounding; he’d just say, ‘You’re on punishment.’ Sometimes we’d be on punishment a lot. Mostly me and Blanket, because me and Blanket would always fight.”

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