Michael Jackson‘s only daughter is opening up like she has never done before as she covers Rolling Stone Magazine.
The 18-year-old model talked about losing her late father, doing drugs, her battle with depression and getting sexually assaulted by a much older stranger when she was just 14.
See excerpts below.
On what it was like growing up with her famous dad: “I just thought his name was Dad, Daddy. We didn’t really know who he was. But he was our world. And we were his world.”
On her father’s death being a setup: ‘He would drop hints about people being out to get him. And at some point he was like, ‘They’re gonna kill me one day’,’Paris is convinced that her dad was, somehow, murdered. “Absolutely,” she says. “Because it’s obvious. All arrows point to that. It sounds like a total conspiracy theory and it sounds like bullshit, but all real fans and everybody in the family knows it. It was a setup. It was bullshit.”
On being assaulted by someone she describes as a complete stranger: “I don’t wanna give too many details. But it was not a good experience at all, and it was really hard for me. And, at the time, I didn’t tell anybody.”
On modelling being therapeutic for her: “I’ve had self-esteem issues for a really, really long time. Plenty of people think I’m ugly, and plenty of people don’t. But there’s a moment when I’m modeling where I forget about my self-esteem issues and focus on what the photographer’s telling me – and I feel pretty. And in that sense, it’s selfish.”
On the rumours that Michael isn’t her real father: “He will always be my father. He never wasn’t, and he never will not be. People that knew him really well say they see him in me, that it’s almost scary.” “I consider myself black,” she says, adding that her late that “would look me in the eyes, and he’d point his finger at me, and he’d be like, ‘You’re black. Be proud of your roots.’ And I’d be like, ‘Ok, he’s my dad. Why would he lie to me?’ So, I just believe what he told me, ’cause, to my knowledge, he’s never lied to me.”