Paris Jackson is far, far, far from being the little girl whose dad, Michael Jackson, tried to protect by covering her face with a mask whenever she went out in public. Paris Jackson is now an Alice Cooper-loving 18-year-old with more than 50 tattoos who is working on a modeling career. I had to type the words, “with more than 50 tattoos,” with my nose, because as soon as I was reminded that Paris Jackson is 18, my hands wrinkled, my nails shrank and I’ve got the arthritis in a bad way now. It’s a good thing that a day nurse also showed up when I was reminded that Paris is 18, because I’m going to need someone to open my caramel squares for me.
MJ and Debbie Rowe’s kid is out there trying to do her own thing. She recently modeled for a Chanel campaign, is talking to Lee Daniels about being on his show Star (which is an incoherent campy wreck, so I love it) and she did a cover story for Rolling Stone. Paris’ RS interview gets deep, dark and sad. Before spending a chunk of her high school years at a therapeutic school in Utah, Paris says she tried to commit suicide multiple times and suffered from depression and drug addiction. She also says that when she was 14, she was sexually assaulted by “a complete stranger.” Paris says she’s now sober and doing better after really going through it at a young age.
She also says that her father’s death was not accidental and she knows he was murdered. But before we get into that, Paris said words about people saying that Michael Jackson is not her biological father. (There’s been rumors that MJ’s dermatologist Arnold Klein is Paris and Prince Jackson’s biological father.)
“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.
I consider myself black. [My dad] 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. Most people that don’t know me call me white. I’ve got light skin and, especially since I’ve had my hair blond, I look like I was born in Finland or something.”
She also says that she 100% believes that her father was wrongly accused of being a child molester.
“Nobody but my brothers and I experienced him reading A Light in the Attic to us at night before we went to bed. Nobody experienced him being a father to them. And if they did, the entire perception of him would be completely and forever changed. He did not bullshit us. You try to give kids the best childhood possible. But you also have to prepare them for the shitty world.”
And finally, Paris shares her thoughts about what really happened to her father. Michael Jackson’s doctor, Dr. Conrad Murray, spent 2 years of his 4 year sentence in the clink after he was found guilty of involuntary manslaughter for regularly giving MJ anaesthetic propofol (the drug MJ overdosed on). But Paris believes that MJ was murdered and she will avenge him one day.
“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.'” (Lisa Marie Presley told Oprah Winfrey of a similar conversation with Michael, who expressed fears that unnamed parties were targeting him to get at his half of the Sony/ATV music-publishing catalog, worth hundreds of millions.)
Paris is convinced that her dad was, somehow, murdered. “Absolutely, 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.”
But who would have wanted Michael Jackson dead? Paris pauses for several seconds, maybe considering a specific answer, but just says, “A lot of people.” Paris wants revenge, or at least justice. “Of course,” she says, eyes glowing. “I definitely do, but it’s a chess game. And I am trying to play the chess game the right way. And that’s all I can say about that right now.”
Every Sherlock needs their Watson and every Cagney needs their Lacey, and Paris is Detective La Toya’s. Paris Jackson truly IS Detective La Toya’s niece.
And here’s Paris at the Dior Homme show in Paris a few days ago.