In a rare interview, Prince Jackson, Michael Jackson’s eldest child, speaks out on his relationship with his late father.
While appearing on Fox Soul’s “The Mix,” the 24-year-old, whose given name is Michael Joseph Jackson Jr., revealed the greatest lesson taught to him by the “King of Pop.”
“There’s so many nuggets there that are just so close to my heart that I feel like they’re applicable at all times,” he answered. “But the one that is my guiding principle is that you never stop learning.”
Even after graduating from college in 2019, Prince knew “that doesn’t mean that I stopped learning.”
“And my father also would say something along the lines of, ‘The minute that you stop learning is the minute that you are going to start dying,’” he continued.
“You’re gonna make mistakes, but you’re gonna have to dust yourself off and come back.”
Prince — who co-founded the Heal Los Angeles Foundation while in college — also said it is unlikely he will pursue a music career like those in his family.
“If I did [think of becoming an artist], my family would be very honest and tell me that it’s not for you,” he admitted. “I don’t have the voice for singing and it took me a while to learn what a beat was, but I got that down at least. I just can’t dance.”
Despite this, Prince says music is still an important part of his life and revealed how Michael would play classical artists such as Mozart and Beethoven to him and his siblings.
“There really wasn’t a genre that we didn’t listen to,” he said. “He was an artist and he had an appreciation for his craft.”
Michael, who passed away June 2009, was also father to daughter Paris and son Bigi, who was born Prince Michael Joseph II.