What was Michael Jackson really like as a dad? What were private family dinners like? What did Michael do when his kids' pet bird was killed by a cat?
Only RadarOnline.com can take you inside Jackson's gated rented mansion in Bel Air to give you rare insight into Michael Jackson -- not the superstar, but Michael Jackson the father.
In an exclusive new interview, Jackson's personal chef Douglas B. Jones reveals never-before-heard stories about Michael and his relationship with his children: 12-year-old Prince Michael, 11-year-old Paris, and 7-year-old Prince Michael II, also known as Blanket.
Jones says Jackson often had dinner with his kids, but tells RadarOnline.com: "The times that Mr. Jackson did not have dinner with the kids or he couldn't get back in time to have dinner with the kids, the youngest Blanket would sit at the head of the table where Mr. Jackson would normally sit. That was with Prince and fine with Paris. They never made any qualms about it. He was the youngest."
In our interview, Jackson's chef also tells a story of 12-year-old Prince coming to him and the kids' pet bird was missing. One of the family's cats had knocked over its cage, and Douglas noticed feathers on the ground. Douglas tells RadarOnline.com:
"I said to Paris, 'This may not be true, but you see these feathers down here? I believe the cat got the bird'. She got upset at that point. She said, 'Well, that's not true because where's the blood?' I said, 'there doesn't necessarily have to be any blood if the cat just grabbed the bird.'"
Jackson rushed to help his kids find the bird.
Jones says ten to fifteen minutes later, Jackson and Blanket found the bird dead in the movie theatre. Jones says Jackson thanked him and the nanny for trying to find the bird.
Jones says: "The kids were very upset, crying at that point. Prince proceeded to go into the backyard area with a small hand shovel, and I believe bury the bird in the backyard area."
Watch our entire interview!