Rolling Stone magazine recently sat down with musical legend and icon, Michael Jackson’s, daughter, Paris Jackson to talk about her life after her father’s death and Michael as a father. The interview is both moving and enlightening as it delves into an area of the Jackson’s life that very few people saw, Michael Jackson as a father.
The beginning of the piece by journalist, Brian Hiatt, attempts to paint a picture of recently turned 18-year-old Paris Jackson as they walk around the Museum of the Dead discussing her hippy meets emo style, and her shaded past. Drugs, self-harm, and suicidal tendencies seem to blanket the past several years for Paris but her spirit, now, is reminiscent of that pixy like persona of her late father. Paris talks about the loss of her father stating:
They always say, ‘Time heals.’ But it really doesn’t. You just get used to it. I live life with the mentality of ‘OK, I lost the only thing that has ever been important to me.’ So going forward, anything bad that happens can’t be nearly as bad as what happened before. So I can handle it. I feel him with me all the time.
The interview went through the fond memories that Paris held for her father, talking about him as any normal daughter would talk about their father. Paris painted a picture of Jackson that emanates caring, strict, open, and loving. She described him as never skirting the bullshit since he wanted to prepare them for the world outside of Neverland, the family estate.
In fact, Jackson was such a devout father that Paris never even thought to question the mother side of the picture until she was ten. Paris states:
When I was really, really young, my mom didn’t exist. Eventually I realized a man can’t birth a child.
So Paris took the question to her father who kindly but specifically answered her “yes,” and then told her that her name was Debbie. Paris let it go there seeing that her father was enough, and everything to her at the same time. She later looked up her mother and has, what Paris describes as, “an adult relationship,” with her biological mother. It is no secret there has always been the stir of the rumor mill that Paris was not the biological child of Jackson but her response is serious:
He is my 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.
The rest of the article talks more in-depth about Paris’s race identity, and her boyfriend but doesn’t really delve anymore into the life of Michael Jackson. Though she has had a rough go of it, as so many celebrity children do, Paris exemplifies the qualities we love about Michael Jackson and is pushing her career into the public eye.
We are anxious to see what Paris Jackson will use her celebrity platform to do in the coming years.
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