By Erin Strecker
Updated June 07, 2012 at 08:55 PM EDT

It certainly wasn’t common for most other kids, but Michael Jackson’s daughter Paris tells Oprah in a new interview that the reason she and her brothers wore masks when out with their father was so they could have a normal childhood — at least some of the time.

The 14-year-old explained that while the process was confusing when she was younger, she now understands that her dad was trying to allow her to have the childhood experiences he never had — away from prying cameras. The masks allowed her and her brothers to go out undetected when they weren’t with their famous father. For an act that was endlessly discussed in the press, her level-headed explanation actually makes a lot of sense.

This isn’t the first interview Jackson has given. In December, Paris went on Ellen to talk about her dreams of becoming an actress (she’ll make her debut in the film Lundon’s Bridge and the Three Keys).

Check out a clip from the Oprah interview below:

Oprah’s Next Chapter with Paris Jackson airs Sunday on OWN.

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