La Toya Jackson: Michael Masking His Children In Public Helped Make Them ‘Balanced Kids’
First Published: June 7, 2012 5:40 PM EDT Credit: Access Hollywood
LOS ANGELES, Calif. -- La Toya Jackson thinks Michael Jackson did a great job raising his three children before his death in 2009 and she commends his controversial decision to mask them when he took them out in public.
“That is the reason why he would mask them, because when they would go out without him, they could do whatever they [wanted] and they had a normal life, which is great,” La Toya told Access Hollywood Live’s Billy Bush and Kit Hoover as she promoted the paperback release of her memoir, “Starting Over,” on Thursday
“They got a chance to experience that,” La Toya continued, referring to Blanket, Paris and Prince Michael experiencing normalcy. “And they would go with the nanny [without the masks], nobody knew who they were. But with him, he kept the mask on so people wouldn’t recognize them or know and now they’re very balanced kids, which is great.”
La Toya said she believes had Michael lived, he would have still worked hard to keep his children sheltered.
“Truthfully, I think Michael would have kept them secluded still,” she said. “That’s just the way he was raising them… but my mother felt they needed to be unmasked and they needed to experience life for what it is.
“I just love them all,” La Toya continued. “They’re so great. He’s done a great job and my mother’s doing an incredible job with them.”
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