After living their lives in relative seclusion, [lastfm]Michael Jackson[/lastfm]‘s children will get their first taste of school this fall. In a recent interview with the U.K.’s Daily Mail, Jackson’s mother, Katherine, explained that she wanted the children to lead a more normal life.
Prince Michael, 13, Paris, 12, and Prince Michael II, 8, were raised entirely out of the public eye until Jackson’s passing last summer. According to Katherine, however, their privacy has come at a cost.
“I’d say I’m a little less strict but I’ve tried to follow the way Michael was raising them,” she said. “But they don’t have friends. They don’t go to school. They have private lessons at home. They’ll be going to a private school in September for the first time.”
Jackson’s mother continues on to explain that the King of Pop’s death has been particularly tough on Paris, who has constructed a shrine to her father in her bedroom.
“I wanted to hang pictures of flowers or ballerinas, like I would expect a girl would,” Katherine said, adding that Paris refused, saying, “No, I want Daddy hanging in my room. I always want to see him.”
Katherine continued, “So she goes to bed looking at him and wakes up looking at him. Paris has that lovely way like Michael, and I see his talent in her. Whatever she does she’s very good at it. She’s a good artist and plays the piano. She wants to be an actress.”