09 November 2010
Michael Jackson's family have appeared on Oprah Winfrey's talk show and revealed a number of family secrets, including the reasons behind Michael masking his children, and Joe Jackson admitting to beating Michael as a child.
Michael's daughter Paris and oldest son Prince Michael discussed the idea behind the veils that Michael forced the children to wear when they were in public.
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Prince said they wore them so that "when we did go out without our dad then nobody would really recognise us."
Paris added, "He tried to raise us without (us) knowing who he was, but that didn't really go so well."
She also admitted that although she did like the secrecy the masks and veils gave them, they were often uncomfortable, saying, "I appreciated it... It wasn't always comfortable."
And Michael's father Joe admitted that he used to beat Michael when he was a young boy.
His wife Katherine told Oprah, "You might as well admit it; that's the way black people raise their children... He (Joe) used a strap."
Joe then admitted to the abuse, saying, "I would have punished by whipping them with a strap or something if they did something wrong (sic)... It would have kept them outta trouble, outta jail (sic). My kids have never been in jail before... and that's great."
Asked if he ever regretted his actions, Joe replied, "No, I don't regret it."
It seems like the world will never lose interest in Michael Jackson!