Michael Jackson was 'best father', son Prince Jackson says on 5th anniversary of death

Prince Jackson has vowed to keep the legend of his father, the King of Pop, going for as long as he can.

The 17-year-old spoke in a rare interview about his late parent, who passed away on 25 June 25, 2009, as the family marks the fifth anniversary of his death.

He revealed that Michael Jackson as a loving dad is an image that is firmly rooted in his memory half a decade after losing his father aged just 12 years old.

Prince Jackson has spoken about his late father, five years after his death

"We want to keep my dad’s legend alive," he told The Sun newspaper – speaking also on behalf of his 16-year-old sister Paris and little brother Blanket, 12. "He was the best father anybody could have. He raised us the right way and there is nothing anyone can do to make us forget about him."

Prince also spoke lovingly of his dad's giving nature. The teenager – who is carving out a screen career of his own by trying his hand at TV presenting, also acting on 90210 – explained that Michael was a philanthropist at heart.

"He was always concerned about humanity. He helped many charities. In his songs his message was simple — love. We will continue to spread his message," he continued.

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Michael was very much in the spotlight throughout his childhood and as an adult, and Prince wants to follow in his father’s footsteps to a certain extent but has additional plans. He wants to rule the entertainment industry from behind the camera too.

"I would like to be a director one day. But to be a good director you have to know how an actor works and feels on set," he shared. "I want to learn my craft and experience being in TV shows and possibly movies before I even consider going behind the camera."

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