Paris Jackson on late father Michael's 60th birthday: 'We honor him in our own way'

Raechal Shewfelt
Editor, Yahoo Entertainment

Aug. 29 is a tough date for the family of the late great Michael Jackson. This year’s birthday is a milestone — 60 years since MJ was born — and his children and other loved ones did not let it go unnoticed, even though it might have been more low profile than in previous years.

Jackson’s elder son Prince, now 21, and his 20-year-old daughter Paris, who along with 16-year-old Blanket, lost Michael to an overdose of Propofol in 2009, regularly remember their famous dad on social media. But on his diamond birthday, they kept their feelings to themselves. Prince did post what sounded like an order to acknowledge Michael’s birthday from a fan, then explained that he’d chosen to remember the King of Pop in “a different, intimate, and personal way.”

Both Prince and Paris attended a diamond birthday celebration for Michael, sponsored by Sony Music and the estate of Michael Jackson, at Daylight Beach Club in Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas later in the night. Other Jackson family members, including MJ’s brothers Tito and Jackie, attended as well, but it was Prince and Paris who were designated to be part of a presentation to Michael from his late friend Elizabeth Taylor’s AIDS Foundation. (Paris serves as an ambassador for the organization.) Celeb deejay Mark Ronson, who dropped a five-minute remix of  a few of Jackson’s songs called “Diamonds Are Invincible,” was in the DJ booth, and a surprise performance by Usher was also part of the entertainment. Angela Bassett, Gabrielle Union, Vanessa Hudgens, and other celebs walked the red carpet. The celebration followed a performance of Cirque du Soleil’s Michael Jackson tribute show, Michael Jackson: One.

Quinn Tivey, the grandson of Elizabeth Taylor, Prince and Paris Jackson, and Evan Ross, the son of Diana Ross, appear at the Michael Jackson diamond birthday celebration in Las Vegas. (Photo: Lester Cohen/Getty Images for Sony Music and The Estate of Michael Jackson)

On the red carpet before the event, Paris explained her feelings about the day to ET. “We honor him in our own way, and I don’t really expect anyone else to understand besides this dude right here,” Paris said of Prince. “I’m just happy to be with him.”

Prince added, “Being here today is definitely an awe-inspiring feeling, because our father was the King of Pop and he did so much. He did so much for the music industry, but I think he put emphasis and importance on the charitable contributions to humanity that he really used his platform to [support].”

As for Michael’s sister Janet Jackson, the day was about releasing a new video clip — a nod to her brother’s extravagant music video for “Remember the Time.” In it, the “That’s the Way Love Goes” singer, who worked with social media stars Kwaylon “BlameItOnKway” Rogers and Andrew “King Bach” Bachelor on the project, plays a royal highness evaluating dancers who’ve come to perform for her. It’s a role similar to the one that model Iman played when the iconic MJ mini-movie music video, co-starring Eddie Murphy, a trunkful of snakes, and countless dancers alongside Michael, was released in 1992.


Brother Tito shared a throwback with a simple caption.

Another brother, Jackie, shared a moving snapshot of him and his brother long after their days in the Jackson Five.

Jermaine Jackson, yet another of Michael’s brothers, stood in for his family at the night’s premiere of the MJ musical “Beat It!” in Berlin.

Jermaine Jackson poses with the cast of “BEAT IT!” on August 29 in Berlin. (Photo: Franziska Krug/Getty Images)

MJ’s fans had plenty of options for celebrating in their own way, including purchasing their own copy of his iconic white Hugo Boss suit, pictured on the cover of Thriller.

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