Prince Jackson has credited his late father Michael Jackson for teaching him what it means to ‘be a man’ – and he wants to pay it forward one day.
The 19-year-old – born Michael Joseph Jackson Jr – told People.com he wanted to pass on the lessons he learnt from the Smooth Criminal hitmaker to his own kids one day.
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‘He taught me what it is to be a man; he showed me what it is to be a father,’ he said.
‘For me, [I want] to pass that on to my kids, or to help someone else who has kids.’
‘My cousin TJ [Jackson]’s kids, I treat them as if they were my kids. I have fun with them, I love watching them.
‘That being said, I do hype them up, and they do get wild around me, but I think that would probably be the way to continue the teachings.’
While planning his world comeback concert, Michael Jackson died on June 25, 2009 after suffering a cardiac arrest.
Along with siblings Paris, 18, and Prince Michael II aka Blanket, now 14, Prince said he wanted to emulate his father’s charity work through his involvement with the Heal LA charity.
‘That is something that my dad always did, and he instilled that in me and my siblings to keep doing it,’ he said.
‘I think it’s just the way that I was raised, honestly.’
Touching on a moment from his childhood, Prince said he understood the impact of philanthropy from a young age.
‘I do have a memory. He [Michael] had taken us to a hospital for children, and I remember that they were very sick,’ he said.
‘But when he walked into the room it lit up. All of the kids got happy.’