Paris Jackson didn’t "want to live" after her dad died, Katherine says on "60 Minutes Australia."
In her first television interview since her granddaughter’s suicide attempt in June, Katherine connects the event to Michael’s shocking passing in 2009.
"When Michael died, Paris was screaming and crying and saying, ‘I want to go with you daddy, I don’t want to live without you,’" she recalls.
Katherine also tearfully recounts how Paris and her brothers, Prince and Blanket, "went back in that morgue where Michael was about 10 times… Hugging Michael and kissing him, and you know he was dead but they were still doing that."
Four years has passed, and the Jackson family matriarch acknowledges that they "didn’t know" just how badly Paris has been suffering since then.
She also discusses Michael’s changing appearance through the years, renewed molestation allegations against the late singer, and keeping her son alive through memories.
"Life goes on, but it’s never going to be the same," says Katherine.
Yesterday, Michael Jackson would have turned 55.
The man known as the 'king of pop' had an extraordinary career, but he was also the 'king of controversy'.
His mother Katherine Jackson takes us inside the family compound where she breaks her silence on the scandals that dogged her son; her granddaughter's attempted suicide and, now, new allegations of child molestation.
It is a heartfelt and at times difficult conversation with a mother who is still coming to terms with the loss of her son.
I really hope that those 3 kids stick together. They are going to need each other.