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Jackson family 'learning to cope'

Michael Jackson's children and mother have said on an episode of The Oprah Winfrey Show that they are still learning to cope with his death a year and a half after the pop star overdosed on a powerful anaesthetic.

Jackson's oldest children, 13-year-old Prince and 12-year-old Paris, said they are adjusting well to school, although their younger brother, Blanket, eight, is still schooled at home. The children have been living with their grandmother, Katherine Jackson, who is their guardian, since their father's death in June 2009.

In the pre-taped interview, Katherine Jackson said Blanket, whose given name is Prince Michael Jackson II, is shy but now wants to attend school next year.

The children were taped in the Jackson's back yard with several cousins and spoke about their memories of their father.

Prince, whose birth name is Michael Joseph Jackson Jun, said he and his father often walked on the beach early in the morning drinking Coca Cola and eating Skittles or Snickers.

Paris said he took her to art museums and was "the best cook ever".

Katherine Jackson said she wanted to give the children as normal a childhood as possible, and is more lenient than her son was - including when he made the children wear veils in public.

Paris said the veils were not always comfortable but that they wore them so "when we went out without our dad nobody would really recognise us", and she appreciated that he was trying to protect them.

"I think no one understands what a good father he was," Paris said.

Katherine Jackson also told Winfrey she believed her son was addicted to plastic surgery, and once even asked his surgeon to pretend that he had operated on Jackson's nose if he ever asked for more surgery. She said she was concerned that his nose kept getting smaller and it looked "like a toothpick at one time".

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