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On Monday's The Oprah Winfrey Show, Michael Jackson's older children speak for the first time about their late pop singer father.

Sitting down with Oprah Winfrey, Paris and Prince Michael Jackson say that never minded going out in public wearing bizarre face masks and veils. (Their grandmother Katherine Jackson tells Winfrey that the disguises were first suggested by Debbie Rowe, their biological mom.)

"When we did go out without our dad, other people wouldn't recognize us," Paris, 12, said. "He tried to raise us without [us] knowing who he was, but that didn't go so well."

Both Paris and Prince Michael, 13, are now enrolled in regular school; Paris hopes to be an actress, and Prince Michael wants to be a movie producer. (Shy little brother Blanket, 8, is still home-schooled.)

How was their world-famous dad -- he died of an overdose at age 50 on June 25, 2009 -- misunderstood?

 "I kinda felt like no one understands what a good father he was," Paris told Winfrey. "I'd say he was the best cook ever. He was just a normal dad, except he was the best dad."

 The "Thriller" singer cooked for his kids? "He made the best French toast in the world," Paris said.