8 Surprising Things About Michael Jackson We Learned From Yesterday’s “Oprah”

It’s been more than a year since Michael Jackson died, and in December his posthumous album Michael will be released. So yesterday, Oprah sat down with the King of Pop’s parents and children and asked them to share things the world didn’t know about Michael. After the jump, some surprising things that were said.

“I kind of felt like no one understands what a good father he was. He was I’d say the best cook ever. … He was just a normal dad, except for he was I’d say the best dad. … He made the best French toast in the world!”

—Michael’s daughter, Paris on what she misses about her dad [Oprah]

“We had an old rickety washing machine and it would make noises when it would wash. Along with the beat, it would make other noises. He was a baby with a bottle in his mouth at a little over a year and he would be on the floor dancing to the beat of the washing machine. I said, ‘This kid is something else.'”

—Michael’s mom, Katherine, on when she realized Michael was exceptionally talented [Oprah]

“[We knew we wore veils] because so when we’d go out without our dad, no one would really recognize us.”

—Michael’s older son, Prince, on his awareness that his father wanted to protect him [Oprah]

“I would punish them by whipping them with a strap when they did something wrong. It would’ve kept them out of trouble. My kids never been in jail before, nine kids. … I never beat him like the media tried to say. That never happened.”

—Michael’s dad, Joe, on the commonly held belief that he beat his kids [MTV]

“When we were in Bahrian, we used to get up early and walk the beach, with Coca-Cola and Skittles.

Prince, on the best memory of his father [Oprah]

“Sometimes he would take me to an art museum, because we both loved art.”

Paris on the same [Oprah]

“Why didn’t he take care of my child? Why did he give that [Propofol] to him? It’s very dangerous—why did he do it? … I can’t accuse him of murder. I don’t know if it was accidentally done or it was intentionally done. I don’t want to get into that, but I have my thoughts.”

Katherine on Michael’s doctor, Conrad Murray [MTV]

“My friend, she didn’t know who I was. … She didn’t care.”

Paris, on going to public school [NY Post]