Michael Jackson solidified his place in the pop culture zeitgeist with an acclaimed career that lasted over four decades. The “King of Pop” has won hundreds of accolades, making him the most decorated musician in history, including:
- 25 American Music Awards,
- 12 Grammy Awards.
Jackson achieved a level of fame not many other artists have or ever will have, but that’s not the easiest concept to understand when you know him best as ‘dad.’
When your father is the known as the “King of Pop,” the level of stardom is evident. However, Jackson’s eldest son had a surprising revelation about his dad’s fame.
Michael Jackson’s children have remained relatively out of the spotlight throughout their lives. However, Jackson’s eldest son, Prince, broke the silence when he sat down with ABC News for an interview on what life was like after his father’s death.
While Prince has chosen not to pursue his father’s level of fame, he has chosen to follow his footsteps in humanitarianism. In 2000, the Guinness World Records recognized Jackson as supporting more charities than any other entertainer and Prince understands that importance.
Prince co-founded a student organization, Heal Los Angeles, at Loyola Marymount University in vein of his father’s “Heal the World.” Prince states that the organization’s mission is to end child abuse, homelessness and hunger.
While Prince used the interview to promote his charitable student organization, he also answered questions on what it was like to have such an influential public figure as a father.
Prince Michael admitted to ABC News that he wasn’t aware how famous his father was until a few key moments of his influence on fans helped give him a better understanding.
“It did take awhile,” Prince told Good Morning America’s Robin Roberts. “Even after we realized he was the ‘King of Pop,’ even to this day, I don’t think it holds the same weight to us as to other people, because he was our dad.”
No matter what the relation, Michael Jackson’s importance to the music industry is blatant and was something Prince found out for himself while watching old videos of his dad.
“I guess when we realized it, is when we saw videos of him performing,” Prince said. “We were out of the country at the time, and we were watching videos of his performances.” It was the fan reactions in these videos that truly put things into perspective for him.
While Prince admitted that he was used to seeing females pass out in the presence of their idols, it was the reaction his father got from grown men that really took him by surprise.
“What blew my mind was when I saw these big muscle-bound dudes fainting and having to be dragged out,” Prince told ABC News. “I was like, ‘Okay, there’s something else going on here.’”
Another way the 20-year-old has been inspired by his father’s career while carving out his own is by entering the world of music videos.
Michael Jackson was responsible for some legendary music videos during his career and Prince has started his own production company, “King’s Son Productions,” which already has one video under its belt.
On the music video he produced, “Automatic,” Prince said, “It’s something that should come from your heart and having an accompanied visual really can tell the story.”
Prince isn’t the only one to break the silence after long avoiding speaking to the public, his sister Paris has started to open up about her father more and also embrace her own creative pursuits.
As Jackson’s children now become young adults and pursue their own individual careers, Roberts asked Prince what he thinks of how his father would feel about their endeavors.
Prince responded by referencing his father’s past support, saying, “As we were growing up, my dad always said, ‘I really don’t care what you do in life as long as you’re happy doing it and you’re the best at what you do.’”