Prince Jackson was only 12 when he tragically lost his father, music legend Michael Jackson, in 2009.
So it’s no surprise that he finds it a bit jarring to see others dressed up as his late dad for Halloween.
On Friday, Prince opened up about the experience at the Dee Dee Jackson Foundation’s Costume for a Cause event.
The 21-year-old told Entertainment Tonight that he actually appreciates those who choose to dress up as the “Thriller” singer — but it can feel a bit strange:
“It’s definitely amazing because they want to continue on his tradition, his legacy, but sometimes they do it so well, it’s a little shocking. Like, whoa! [I’m] taken aback a little.”
Despite the shock, Prince said he’s glad some want to emulate his father. He told ET:
“You mostly just have to smile, because it’s coming from a place of love and admiration, so all I can do is have respect for that and really feel honored.”
Meanwhile, Prince is doing what he can to honor his father in his own way.
Last year, the 21-year-old started Heal La, a charity organization inspired by Michael’s own charitable efforts, Dearly previously reported.
Prince said it was the most he could do since he didn’t inherit any of the late superstar’s performance skills. He said:
“I choose to lead by example. I’m out there volunteering as much as I can and trying to help them spread the message that this should be done.”
Micheal also has two younger children, 20-year-old Paris, and 16-year-old Prince Michael Jackson II.