Prince Michael Jackson discusses 'hearing' father's voice
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Prince Michael Jackson spoke to Good Morning Britain hosts Adil Ray and Charlotte Hawkins on Thursday as he explained why he has carried on his Michael Jackson’s legacy by hosting the annual Thriller Night Halloween costume party. However, the late singer’s eldest son opened up to the presenters and revealed he can “still hear” his late father’s voice.
Adil asked: “I heard that you often still hear your father – you can hear him still speaking to you. That’s quite incredible tell us about that.”
“So it’s not like a voice in my head,” Prince replied. “But in a way it is because when you do philanthropic work and you care about it a lot such as myself and my family you tend to carry the weight or the struggles of the people you’re trying to help.
“That’s really when I hear my father’s voice the most because those are the times when you struggle the most and you almost wonder, ‘How can I continue to keep doing this?’
“And it’s during those moments that I hear him, ‘Somebody has to do it, you have to do it, you have to keep pushing forward and it’s important that we do this.’”
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“He’s always on my shoulder, in my ear motivating me to keep that moral compass pointing north if that makes sense,” he added.
Prince will host the annual Thriller Night Halloween party at the Jackson family estate on October 29.
The fundraising event will benefit Prince’s nonprofit organisation The Heal Los Angeles Foundation.
Prince explained: “From a young age, as a young child my father was very adamant about giving back to the community and it’s just a drive that he instilled in myself and my siblings.”
“If I couldn’t give back to the community, if I couldn’t help children, I don’t really know what I would do with my life,” he added.
“Every time I do this work I do feel that not only am I making my father proud that I’m continuing this.
“But I think he would also be happy that not just his son, but someone my age is trying to continue that message of love and positivity and to spread this idea that we should care for one another.”
Host Adil asked the philanthropist what it was like for growing up with the iconic pop star as a father.
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Prince answered: “I think human beings are very resilient, so a lot of people expect that answer to be very extravagant or different but that’s how I was raised and that’s all I knew, so that was really normal for me.
“But when it comes to the Foundation, and Michael Jackson as my father and him as a parent, he is inextricably tied to the Foundation because of the positive experiences he gave me and that he made an effort to give me in my childhood.
“They really resonated and stuck with me and clearly had positive impacts on my life and I would like to be able to share that with the world.”
Prince was later asked how his late father would view Britney Spears’ bid to have her conservatorship ended.
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“That’s a very tough question just because I don’t like to put words in my father’s mouth,” he shared.
“And I can’t say that I ever heard him mention anything about that and obviously this is something that’s really come to light in recent years.
“But knowing my father and the compassion that he had for individuals who wanted to remain in control of their own life as it was his goal to be in control of his own life, I would think that he would be very supportive of her cause and he would understand the place that she’s coming from, and I think he would wholeheartedly support her.”
Good Morning Britain airs on ITV on weekdays at 6am.
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