After the untimely death of 50-year-old superstar Michael Jackson on June 25 in California, shocked and grieving fans around the world filled the front pages and headlines.

Yet three young children — Prince Michael (12), Paris (11) and Prince Michael II (7) — were the ones who really deserved our sympathy as they mourned the man they called Daddy.

Of the three good-looking Jackson children, Paris touched everyone in the Staples Center, Los Angeles, and further afield via the power of television when she made her own spontaneous tribute to her father.

Standing with the tightly-knit Jackson clan of aunts and uncles, Paris broke down in tears on hearing her uncle Jermaine sing the Charlie Chaplin tearjerker Smile.

It was Michael Jackson’s favourite song and at that point, she decided she had to speak.

According to family friends, Paris is a strong-willed, tough girl. She had said she wanted to recite a poem during the memorial, but was dissuaded.

Yet when she heard Smile, she said to her aunt, La Toya, “I need to say something. I want to tell them about Daddy.”

Paris waited her turn, after other members of the Jackson clan had spoken. Then she began.

After an emotional false start, her eulogy was simple and poignant.

Fighting back tears, Paris said “Ever since I was born, Daddy has been the best father you could ever imagine. And I just wanted to say I love him so much.”

It was an iconic moment, bringing back memories of Diana’s young sons walking behind her coffin on a sunny day and further back, Caroline and John Kennedy Jr mourning their father.

The moment had a deeper significance too.

Ironically, after all the allegations about Michael Jackson’s private life, all it took was one small girl bearing witness to a good, normal upbringing to rehabilitate the King of Pop.

Paris, earmarked as a future action star by her doting father, has clearly come a long way since she became the second child conceived by artificial insemination in an arrangement between Jackson and Debbie Rowe.

Her mother met Michael Jackson while working as a nurse in his dermatologist’s practice in Beverly Hills.

Immediately after birth, on April 3, 1998, Paris, like her elder brother Prince Michael, was whisked away from her mother and introduced to the world of the Jacksons. Michael later said he just waited for the cord to be cut then impatiently rushed her off in a towel, he was so anxious to get her home.

After her divorce from Jackson in 1999, Debbie waived visiting rights and has rarely seen her children since.

The children were isolated from their peers and have inevitably lived a life of privilege, with Michael Jackson contacting the Vatican to ask the Pope to christen his daughter.

He declined.

But although the young Jacksons were set apart from society as they hid from the world’s media, often wearing masks or veils, they had what approximated to a good upbringing.

Even the infamous baby on the balcony incident, in which Paris’s younger brother was shown to fans in what might have been a dangerous manner, was probably simply rendered sinister by the fact the baby’s face was covered to avoid identification.

Ever protective, in 2006, Michael Jackson brought his brood to Ireland after a trip to Disneyland Paris ended in a media circus. The family came to Blackwater Castle, Co Cork, where castle owner Patrick Nordstrum put them up.

The Jackson three — Paris and her brothers — were escorted from the main part of the castle each day to a schoolroom.

Routine was important, and perhaps the whole point of this old-fashioned approach to parenting was that Michael Jackson was determined to provide his children with the rules and a normality he had never known.

Although journalist Martin Bashir, who conducted the controversial interview with Jackson in 2003, felt the children led “restricted” lives, others report that there was fun too.

In fact, the Irish magician Liam Sheehan, who entertained them during the Cork holiday, said: “They were outgoing children, full of fun. Paris was the more talkative, chirping around the house.”

It is hard to know what the future holds for the Jackson offspring, whether a devout Jehovah’s Witness upbringing with their formidable grandmother Katherine or a home with Ugandan-born nanny Grace Rwaramba who has entered the custody battle or even a return to the biological mother of two of them, Debbie Rowe, now owner of a ranch in southern California.

Whatever life holds, Paris Jackson has shown that her pedigree and upbringing have equipped her to lead a life more normal than her troubled father.

The Jacksons’ host in Ireland described Paris’s father as a man who put his children’s interests first.

“Michael’s children adored him and he was a very good, loving father. He raised them to be well-mannered and polite and all his decisions centred on the children’s best interests.”

If one 11-year-old girl were to be asked, she would undoubtedly agree.

THEY SAY — “(Her speech) touched everyone and I think you couldn’t script that. This is a young lady, she isn’t reading a prompter.” — Rev Al Sharpton

Though Michael Jackson has gone too soon, I have a message from God that he is now resting in Heaven. And Paris & young Michaels, I just want you to know that Daddy loves you very much and is watching over you every single day, every single second! I can feel his spirit within me as I write this. Michael Jackson has always been close to my heart ever since I fell in love with his music about 20 years ago. He is truly the King of Pop and his legend lives on. I still cry when I think of his death and especially Paris’ speech. The darling girl has a bright future and should start singing someday like her Daddy. Long live, Michael Jackson.

hello my name is sebastien, I have 14 years, my home is in france the city is Hirel, in Ile et Vilaine, I am like you I was moved by paris jackson I know what I am saying has nothing do with the tribute but since I’ve seen paris j jackson I resent feeling love.I know that for some people I will look stupid,but I don t care.I love that you go see it and tell him what I’ve said. I hope you will thank you if you do .thank you

I thought paris is the most bravest oung girl i ever seen and she moved me so much i cryed for days. MJs kids r so beautiful and all my hopes and best wishes go out to them. MJ is still the best King Of Pop to me and will live on for many more yrs though his music. Best wishes to his family may God Bless them. MJ i love you and you will always be in my heart.

from KY. TJ

I just pray God to give strength and patience to all 3 kids of MJ, may they bring laurels to Jacksons family and MJ shall be proud of his Kids, May he rest in peace, love him for ever……

I was never a huge fan off Michael Jackson but i was sad to see him go. However his music will live on forever as im sure every one will agree. I have the deepest sympathy fore the jackson three. I have lost someone deer to me and could not bring my self to do a speach but Paris has shown her courage above all and she has proved that her dad was a good man and a loving father to all his childen. I also think that the restricted life that the children lead is merly to protect them keep them safe

MJ has probably rolled a couple times in his eternal sleep, when one considers the family-inspired gala wittnessed in LA. The Jackson clan continues to act like the dysfunctional family that we all know and love. Putting Paris on display was a slap to MJ, but one shouldn’t be surprised at this callous action, when one considers the capabilities of this family. It’s a blessing, perhaps, that MJ no longer has to be subjected to this whacked-out group of people. Keep a close eye on Joe!!!

wow what a fantasic speech i ever never heard such a heart warming speech like that i say the greatest god bless and how very very brave good for her. i really do pray and like i said very very well done and one grand speech indeed.

This article is factually dubious to say the least.

I for one hope the children are allowed to grow up with the respect and privacy their father took such pains to provide for them.

This article is terrible.

MJ was great, I hope his kids get a chance and this journo gets a new career.

‘Glitter’ was a CONVICTED paedophile. Michael Jackson was tried in a court of law and was found uncondioinally INNOCENT by a jury of all charges. Stop being suckered in by all the media crap, and consider the absolute hounding this guy received during his whole life. As was said at his memorial, he was not strange, but strange things happened to him.

Paris touched me when she made the speech, I could not control the tears in my eyes too. She is a strong, she will be an influential character when she grows, having grown a protected life she still managed to face and touch the world’s hearts. I’m sure she has inspired her brothers who will follow-path.

I couldnt stop crying watching this young lady declaring her love for her daddy in front of the world. You have redeemed your father by your simple words. God bless you and your brothers Paris.

Has everyone forgotten that this man was a sick paedophile. When gary glitter dies will his family be given the same respect. Catch yourselves on, theres more important issues to worry about.

I pray that the Jackson family will be sensible enough and let Debbie Rowe have contact with her children. Their dad is gone, so they need their mom. I feel for them.

Yes it was a lovely speach from a beautiful little girl who lost her daddy and who she loves very much as do her brothers; my heart was breaking for them all.

But please don’t make more of one child than the other please treat them all as equals. They are all beautiul children of Michael – and I hope that the children are taken care of from some one that truely loves them not just because they gave birth to them.

The Michael Jackson Memorial was extremley well done. Paris Jackson is such a little lady. I believe that her father was moon walking in heaven and very proud of her.

I was a Daddy’s girl and I understand her pain.There is a bond between a fatrher and a daughter that is unreal. Well done Micahel Jackson Well Done! Take a final bow.

Paris will become a good singer like her father.. I hope she should be taken care by Janet Jackson

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Paris Jackson: Pop’s little princess

After the untimely death of 50-year-old superstar Michael Jackson on June 25 in California, shocked and grieving fans around the world filled the front pages and headlines.

Yet three young children — Prince Michael (12), Paris (11) and Prince Michael II (7) — were the ones who really deserved our sympathy as they mourned the man they called Daddy.

Of the three good-looking Jackson children, Paris touched everyone in the Staples Center, Los Angeles, and further afield via the power of television when she made her own spontaneous tribute to her father.

Standing with the tightly-knit Jackson clan of aunts and uncles, Paris broke down in tears on hearing her uncle Jermaine sing the Charlie Chaplin tearjerker Smile.

It was Michael Jackson’s favourite song and at that point, she decided she had to speak.

According to family friends, Paris is a strong-willed, tough girl. She had said she wanted to recite a poem during the memorial, but was dissuaded.

Yet when she heard Smile, she said to her aunt, La Toya, “I need to say something. I want to tell them about Daddy.”

Paris waited her turn, after other members of the Jackson clan had spoken. Then she began.

After an emotional false start, her eulogy was simple and poignant.

Fighting back tears, Paris said “Ever since I was born, Daddy has been the best father you could ever imagine. And I just wanted to say I love him so much.”

It was an iconic moment, bringing back memories of Diana’s young sons walking behind her coffin on a sunny day and further back, Caroline and John Kennedy Jr mourning their father.

The moment had a deeper significance too.

Ironically, after all the allegations about Michael Jackson’s private life, all it took was one small girl bearing witness to a good, normal upbringing to rehabilitate the King of Pop.

Paris, earmarked as a future action star by her doting father, has clearly come a long way since she became the second child conceived by artificial insemination in an arrangement between Jackson and Debbie Rowe.

Her mother met Michael Jackson while working as a nurse in his dermatologist’s practice in Beverly Hills.

Immediately after birth, on April 3, 1998, Paris, like her elder brother Prince Michael, was whisked away from her mother and introduced to the world of the Jacksons. Michael later said he just waited for the cord to be cut then impatiently rushed her off in a towel, he was so anxious to get her home.

After her divorce from Jackson in 1999, Debbie waived visiting rights and has rarely seen her children since.

The children were isolated from their peers and have inevitably lived a life of privilege, with Michael Jackson contacting the Vatican to ask the Pope to christen his daughter.

He declined.

But although the young Jacksons were set apart from society as they hid from the world’s media, often wearing masks or veils, they had what approximated to a good upbringing.

Even the infamous baby on the balcony incident, in which Paris’s younger brother was shown to fans in what might have been a dangerous manner, was probably simply rendered sinister by the fact the baby’s face was covered to avoid identification.

Ever protective, in 2006, Michael Jackson brought his brood to Ireland after a trip to Disneyland Paris ended in a media circus. The family came to Blackwater Castle, Co Cork, where castle owner Patrick Nordstrum put them up.

The Jackson three — Paris and her brothers — were escorted from the main part of the castle each day to a schoolroom.

Routine was important, and perhaps the whole point of this old-fashioned approach to parenting was that Michael Jackson was determined to provide his children with the rules and a normality he had never known.

Although journalist Martin Bashir, who conducted the controversial interview with Jackson in 2003, felt the children led “restricted” lives, others report that there was fun too.

In fact, the Irish magician Liam Sheehan, who entertained them during the Cork holiday, said: “They were outgoing children, full of fun. Paris was the more talkative, chirping around the house.”

It is hard to know what the future holds for the Jackson offspring, whether a devout Jehovah’s Witness upbringing with their formidable grandmother Katherine or a home with Ugandan-born nanny Grace Rwaramba who has entered the custody battle or even a return to the biological mother of two of them, Debbie Rowe, now owner of a ranch in southern California.

Whatever life holds, Paris Jackson has shown that her pedigree and upbringing have equipped her to lead a life more normal than her troubled father.

The Jacksons’ host in Ireland described Paris’s father as a man who put his children’s interests first.

“Michael’s children adored him and he was a very good, loving father. He raised them to be well-mannered and polite and all his decisions centred on the children’s best interests.”

If one 11-year-old girl were to be asked, she would undoubtedly agree.

THEY SAY — “(Her speech) touched everyone and I think you couldn’t script that. This is a young lady, she isn’t reading a prompter.” — Rev Al Sharpton

Though Michael Jackson has gone too soon, I have a message from God that he is now resting in Heaven. And Paris & young Michaels, I just want you to know that Daddy loves you very much and is watching over you every single day, every single second! I can feel his spirit within me as I write this. Michael Jackson has always been close to my heart ever since I fell in love with his music about 20 years ago. He is truly the King of Pop and his legend lives on. I still cry when I think of his death and especially Paris’ speech. The darling girl has a bright future and should start singing someday like her Daddy. Long live, Michael Jackson.

hello my name is sebastien, I have 14 years, my home is in france the city is Hirel, in Ile et Vilaine, I am like you I was moved by paris jackson I know what I am saying has nothing do with the tribute but since I’ve seen paris j jackson I resent feeling love.I know that for some people I will look stupid,but I don t care.I love that you go see it and tell him what I’ve said. I hope you will thank you if you do .thank you

I thought paris is the most bravest oung girl i ever seen and she moved me so much i cryed for days. MJs kids r so beautiful and all my hopes and best wishes go out to them. MJ is still the best King Of Pop to me and will live on for many more yrs though his music. Best wishes to his family may God Bless them. MJ i love you and you will always be in my heart.

from KY. TJ

I just pray God to give strength and patience to all 3 kids of MJ, may they bring laurels to Jacksons family and MJ shall be proud of his Kids, May he rest in peace, love him for ever……

I was never a huge fan off Michael Jackson but i was sad to see him go. However his music will live on forever as im sure every one will agree. I have the deepest sympathy fore the jackson three. I have lost someone deer to me and could not bring my self to do a speach but Paris has shown her courage above all and she has proved that her dad was a good man and a loving father to all his childen. I also think that the restricted life that the children lead is merly to protect them keep them safe

MJ has probably rolled a couple times in his eternal sleep, when one considers the family-inspired gala wittnessed in LA. The Jackson clan continues to act like the dysfunctional family that we all know and love. Putting Paris on display was a slap to MJ, but one shouldn’t be surprised at this callous action, when one considers the capabilities of this family. It’s a blessing, perhaps, that MJ no longer has to be subjected to this whacked-out group of people. Keep a close eye on Joe!!!

wow what a fantasic speech i ever never heard such a heart warming speech like that i say the greatest god bless and how very very brave good for her. i really do pray and like i said very very well done and one grand speech indeed.

This article is factually dubious to say the least.

I for one hope the children are allowed to grow up with the respect and privacy their father took such pains to provide for them.

This article is terrible.

MJ was great, I hope his kids get a chance and this journo gets a new career.

‘Glitter’ was a CONVICTED paedophile. Michael Jackson was tried in a court of law and was found uncondioinally INNOCENT by a jury of all charges. Stop being suckered in by all the media crap, and consider the absolute hounding this guy received during his whole life. As was said at his memorial, he was not strange, but strange things happened to him.

Paris touched me when she made the speech, I could not control the tears in my eyes too. She is a strong, she will be an influential character when she grows, having grown a protected life she still managed to face and touch the world’s hearts. I’m sure she has inspired her brothers who will follow-path.

I couldnt stop crying watching this young lady declaring her love for her daddy in front of the world. You have redeemed your father by your simple words. God bless you and your brothers Paris.

Has everyone forgotten that this man was a sick paedophile. When gary glitter dies will his family be given the same respect. Catch yourselves on, theres more important issues to worry about.

I pray that the Jackson family will be sensible enough and let Debbie Rowe have contact with her children. Their dad is gone, so they need their mom. I feel for them.

Yes it was a lovely speach from a beautiful little girl who lost her daddy and who she loves very much as do her brothers; my heart was breaking for them all.

But please don’t make more of one child than the other please treat them all as equals. They are all beautiul children of Michael – and I hope that the children are taken care of from some one that truely loves them not just because they gave birth to them.

The Michael Jackson Memorial was extremley well done. Paris Jackson is such a little lady. I believe that her father was moon walking in heaven and very proud of her.

I was a Daddy’s girl and I understand her pain.There is a bond between a fatrher and a daughter that is unreal. Well done Micahel Jackson Well Done! Take a final bow.

Paris will become a good singer like her father.. I hope she should be taken care by Janet Jackson

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