Michael Jackson's oldest son Prince has opened up about his father's death, saying he is still coping seven years after the passing of the King of Pop. The Heal The World hitmaker died on 25 June 2009 at his Holmby Hills estate.
In an interview with Los Angeles Times, the 19 year-old revealed that he still misses his father and his death is something he can never get over.
"I don't think it's something you ever get over. It's always going to be a part of your life that's missing," Prince told the newspaper on Wednesday (2 November).
"The way I cope with it is incorporating him [Michael Jackson] into my life in every way — from my company logo having little bits of him [to] using his metaphors and trying to follow everything he taught us," Prince said, adding, "My brother and my sister, we've all coped differently. I've gotten better the older I get."
"I can never be separated from my father — he set that big of an example. And I don't really have a problem with that. I'm proud to have his name and to be his son."
Prince also said that his father advised him to "trust no one" as people would try to use him because he was child of the singer.
"It sounds bad, but ... a lot of people are motivated by themselves," Prince said. "He said don't trust someone just because it sounds like a good idea — do your research. There are a lot of people who want to interact with [me and my siblings] just because of who we are."
He said that his late father kept him and his siblings under masks when they were younger because "he wanted us to have our own life without him."
"My dad spoke to me like an adult. He told us the reason for the masks was he wanted us to have our own life without him," Prince said.
"I don't think I ever thought about if other kids lived like that when I was younger. But once I knew who he was, I realized it wasn't normal," he said.