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Michael Jackson's Kids Tell Oprah Winfrey: 'He Was Just a Normal Dad'

Photo Courtesy - Paul Warner/WireImage/Getty Images(CHICAGO) -- As an album of Michael Jackson's previously-unheard music nears its release, his family is ready for a release of its own.

In a candid interview with Oprah Winfrey for The Oprah Winfrey Show Monday, Jackson's children, Prince, Paris and Blanket, opened up about their pop icon father for the first time since his death.

Surrounded by their cousins at the Jackson family's California compound, Prince, 13, and Paris, 12, talked about growing up with Michael.

"I kind of felt like no one understood what a good father he was. He was the best cook ever," Paris told Winfrey. "He was just a normal dad."

"He made the best French toast in the world," she added. "He just made the best breakfasts in the world."

Prince and Paris described Michael as "strict" but said he often treated them to sweets like Snickers candy bars and Coca-Cola.

"He tried to raise us without us knowing who he was, but that didn't really go so well," Paris said, smiling.

Jackson's mother and father, Katherine and Joe Jackson, also talked to Winfrey about their son's life and death.

Katherine admitted that she tried to keep Michael away from drugs like Propofol, just as she tried to get him to stop undergoing plastic surgery.

"I thought it was too small," she said of Jackson's post-surgery nose, adding that it looked "like a toothpick at one time." "I had told him, 'That's enough, why do you keep going?'"

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