TV viewers can't believe how down to earth Michael Jackson's son is
Back in June of 2009, the world of music shed a collective tear as one of its biggest and brightest talents left this mortal plane.
On June 25 2009, Michael Jackson stopped breathing after being given a cocktail of medicine to help him sleep by his physician Conrad Murray at his home in Los Angeles, and despite spirited attempts to resuscitate him, the man dubbed the King of Pop passed away aged 50 years old.
He is survived not only by his parents and siblings, but also by his three children, the oldest of which is 20-year-old Michael Joseph Jackson Jr, commonly known by his nickname "Prince".
Michael Jackson was always careful to keep his children out of the public eye, but Prince showed in a rare public appearance on ITV's This Morning that he's doing well without his famous dad. Speaking to Phillip Schofield and Holly Willoughby on This Morning, Prince is hoping to follow in Michael Jackson's steps in a way you'd perhaps not expect.
When Prince was asked about life living in the shadow of one of music's biggest icons, Prince was quick to identify himself as more than just the son of Michael Jackson. Forging a new career for himself in video production, Prince said that he won't be reprising any of the King of Pop's signature moves any time soon.
"It definitely is because I do video production and most of it has been music videos so a lot of people think I’m a music producer, which I really am not in that field... I can’t sing, I can’t dance, I can’t do any of that. There’s no way I can even be a part of any of that. I’ve tried [the moonwalk] and it’s embarrassing, we can’t even talk about it."
Instead of becoming a pop star, Prince has set his sights on helping people in another way; he's repurposed Jackson's Heal The World Foundation, founded in 1992, toward a more local setting, focusing his attention on the streets of Los Angeles helping the homeless in particular.
"We really structured it off of Heal the World but on a smaller scale to lead by example to say you don’t have to be a pop star or be very famous to make a difference. You can make a difference by going out and doing these things by yourself or with a group of friends in your own city."
Speaking with such humility and candor, it's fair to say that the internet were enamoured with how well Michael Jackson's eldest son has grown in the turbulent years following his father's death. Here are the best reactions from Prince Jackson's This Morning interview.
Losing your father before your 14th birthday is an extraordinary challenge for any young person, not least the son of Michael Jackson, but I'm glad to see that Prince is making his father proud. More than just a performer, Michael Jackson was a role model and an activist, and Prince is extending his father's legacy in the best possible manner.