Prince Jackson has stated that his late father, the late King of Pop Michael Jackson, “had a lot of insecurity” over his skin condition. The late King of Pop’s eldest son, 26, has spoken out about his father’s struggle with vitiligo, a chronic illness that causes areas of skin to lose their colour, and how it caused him anxiety.
“He had a lot of insecurity around, kind of looking blotchy in his appearance. So he wanted to see if he could smooth out his appearance, to help with his security on his physical appearance,” Prince said on the ‘Hotboxin’ With Mike Tyson’ podcast, reports aceshowbiz.com.
Prince claimed that his father “was always explaining” his illness to him when he was younger. Michael, who died in 2009, discussed his vitiligo in a 1994 interview with Oprah Winfrey after his changing appearance and cosmetic surgery fueled rumours that he was attempting to change his skin colour.
He said at the time: “I have a skin disorder the pigmentation of my skin. It is something I cannot help. When people make up stories that I don’t want to be who I am, it hurts me. It’s a problem for me. I can’t control it. But what about all the millions of people who sit in the sun to become darker, to become other than what they are? Nobody says nothing about that.”
Meanwhile, Prince told Mike Tyson that as he’s grown up, he’s learned to “appreciate how unique and interesting” his childhood was, including growing up on the Neverland Ranch surrounded by animals including “elephants, tigers, lions, a lot of primates like monkeys, gorillas, orangutans.”
He added: “(My dad) loved animals when he was a kid. As he was making more money and more music, he was able to buy more animals.” And now, almost 15 years after his father’s death, he is still learning about him as a person, as he continues to do “a lot of research” about Michael’s life on tour. He said: “What impact does that have on you? To see a sea of people just singing your lyrics back to you and wanting to reach out and touch you. The impact of that has got to be very profound.”