This, according to the pop icon's former personal chef, Kai Chase, who testified at the Jackson family's wrongful death suit against AEG live today and described the close relationship the late music legend had with his three children.
"These children meant everything to him,'' Chase told the judge, insisting Jackson was very involved with his kids.
With the exception of a brief firing in May 2009 and subsequent rehiring in June, (Chase said she was abruptly let go by M.J.'s personal assistant, but was brought back at the singer's request one month later) Kai cooked for the family up until Michael's death.
She described the late singer as a "practical jokester" who enjoyed playing pranks with her and the kids, and she recalled Paris' 11th birthday celebration—the last the now 15-year-old would spend with her father.
Chase said Jackson threw an elaborate party for Paris on April 3, 2009, and since that occasion, the teenager has declined to celebrate her birthday.
On Jackson's 15th birthday, the teenager was spotted out with her mother, Debbie Rowe, amid reports the once-estraged mother-daughter duo was reconnecting, although there was apparently no extravagant fete in Paris' honor.
The late pop star's only daughter was recently hospitalized following an alleged suicide attempt.