Michael Jackson, Parent

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It was a gut-wrenching moment when Michael Jackson’s 11-year-old daughter, Paris, told the world, “I just want to say, ever since I was born, Daddy has been the best father you could ever imagine. I just want to say I love him so much.” But it was also a powerful reminder that Jackson had devoted an enormous amount of time, energy and love to just being a father to his three children. He was so successful at protecting them from the public eye that until the memorial service on July 7, 2009, few of his fans would have recognized Paris and her brothers on the street. (AP Photo/Gabriel Bouys, pool)