Paris Jackson, the only daughter of the late Michael Jackson is no stranger to tabloid rumors and gossip. The 20-year-old model is extremely outspoken and a free spirit, but she constantly has to defend her lifestyle and her choices, even with her own family. Paris has been a large target for haters with rumors that she is out of control and is heading for a serious breakdown. While the brunette beauty is known for being a free thinker and a hippie, not everyone is a fan of her eccentric lifestyle.
Being the daughter of the most iconic entertainer in music history is not easy. During her first most in-depth interview with Rolling Stone last year, Paris confessed that she went through major personal struggles and even shockingly revealed that she thinks something fishy was going on when her legendary father passed away. People may assume that Paris has it all, growing up with fame and fortune, but, the star admitted that she is still just a young girl trying to figure life out and is "doing the best" she can, despite people's fiery passion of hate towards her.
Paris Jackson is known for her free spirited and eccentric lifestyle and whether you love it or hate it, the star is going to continue to live her life as she pleases. Check out these 10 photos of the model's peculiar life and 10 photos that show Paris doing everyday, normal things.
20 Paris Jackson's Hippie Life Faces Backlash
Paris Michael Katherine Jackson was born on April 3, 1998 and is the second child and only daughter of the late Michael Jackson. Paris has two brothers, Michael Joseph Jackson Jr. and Prince Michael Jackson II. Their mother, Debbie Rowe, who was married to Michael from 1996-1999, signed custody of Paris and Michael Joseph over to Michael after their divorce. When Michael Jackson died on June 25, 2009, Paris was just 11-years-old and custody was given to their grandmother, Katherine Jackson of all three kids. The Jackson kids aren't fans of making public appearances, but we're seeing a lot more of Paris now that she's 20 and making a career as a model and an actress. Her lifestyle has come under question because of how out spoken and free spirited she is. Looking at her Instagram, Paris enjoys nature, loves the hippie culture of the 60s, and has an extremely eccentric style when it comes to fashion. However, tabloid rumors have given Paris a bad rap, with media outlets stating that she is out of control and is heading for a "serious breakdown." Even when the young star has opened up about her personal struggles, it just seems like the haters just keep on coming after her.
19 Paris Becomes A Target For Haters
Why is Paris Jackson facing so much scrutiny when she's barely in the public eye? During an interview with Teen Vogue, the model discussed that she's faced challenges with the media and has become a target for haters. "The bigger the spotlight, the bigger the target," Paris told the magazine, adding, "People can be really cruel. I've learned that no matter what you do, you will always receive some kind of ridicule for it. It doesn't matter if your heart is in the right place - someone will always have a reason to hate you. But that being said, I've also learned that it really doesn't matter and that as long as I follow my heart and continue trying to do what is right, I'm on the right path." Paris has experienced a lot at such a young age. When asked what she would tell her younger self, she stated, "Probs that it’s OK to not be OK. Don't be so hard on yourself. And stop comparing everyone else's "highlight reel" to your "behind the scenes." Please don't give up, because it gets better, and it gets beautiful." Those are definitely some words of wisdom.
18 Her Outspokenness Isn't Liked By Many People
Paris Jackson is not afraid to be herself, but sometimes being yourself can get you a ton of haters. Paris a thrill seeker, an outspoken activist and enjoys sharing her opinions with her fans. She's been open about her thoughts on the construction of an oil pipeline in North Dakota, right-wing protestors in Charlottesville, feminism and her love of nudity. There are countless photos of Paris topless on her Instagram, showing off her seven-chakra symbols, which run down her sternum. "Nudity started as a movement for 'going back to nature,' 'expressing freedom,' 'being healthier' and was even called a philosophy,'" she told her three million followers on Instagram, adding, "For me it helps me feel more connected to Mama Gaia. I'm usually naked when I garden." Recently, Paris caused controversy when she walked out of a Dior show to protest its treatment of animals. Horses were brought into the arena and Paris did not like it one bit. "Paris Jackson arrived in a patchwork dress and red velvet sandals, but pulled a Kristen Stewart-in-Cannes move and removed her high heels before entering the show space barefoot. The vocal animal rights activist then stood up and left as soon as the horses entered the arena, appearing to be upset by the large crowd and the loud music," a source explained. However, Jackson took to Twitter to state that she didn't "storm out" of the event; she just quietly left because she did not support "animals being branded and whipped."
17 Her Extremely Close Bond With Godfather Macaulay Culkin Seems Strange
Macaulay Culkin is the godfather of Paris Jackson, but their relationship seems too close for comfort at times. From painting each other’s toenails, getting matching tattoos and Paris lounging on her godfather's lap, the two stars are so close, that during an interview, Culkin refused to talk about Paris when he was asked to spill some details on their relationship. "I am close with Paris," Culkin stated, adding, "I am going to warn you now I am very protective of her so just look out. I am a very open book when it comes to things but like with her, she is beloved by me." When Marc Maron, host of WTF podcast told Culkin he wasn't looking for any "dirt" about Paris, the Home Alone actor replied, "I'm just letting you know if we want to start going down that road it's going to be a dead-end, you know, but I mean that in the fact that I love her so much. She's tall, and beautiful and smart. It's great." Paris and her godfather are so close; they got matching tattoos of spoons on their arms. "The spoons are an inside joke between the two of them," a source told People. Culkin was very close to Michael Jackson at an early age and remained friends with his children since he passed in 2009.
16 Her Family Disapproves Of Her Dating Life
Paris Jackson and model Cara Delevingne have been spending a lot of time together and were even caught my paparazzi sharing a kiss, leading many people to believe that the two were more than friends. While a source told People, "they have a flirty relationship but aren't dating or in a relationship," Paris and Cara do seem to have a very close bond with one another. According to Page Six, the pair's relationship reportedly began during the MTV Movie & TV Awards in May of 2017. In December of that year, their relationship seemed to get deeper as they vacationed in Europe and spent time with Paris' godfather Macaulay Culkin and his girlfriend. Paris even posted a video of her and Cara watching the film, Carol, about an affair between a shop girl and an older woman. Paris' grandmother, Katherine Jackson is supposedly not going to like her granddaughter's rumored relationship. According to the relative that told Page Six Paris is "out of control," they also noted that Katherine "is not a champion" of Paris dating a woman and "she may even be distraught and believe she failed as a guardian." Still, we don't think Paris would let anyone stop her from dating whomever she wants, man or woman.
15 Her Uncle, Jermaine Jackson Believes Fame Will Ruin Paris
Last year, Jermaine Jackson, Paris' uncle, revealed that he was worried about his niece, believing that fame would hurt her. In an exclusive interview with The Sun Online, Jermaine stated, "We're very proud of Paris. I just think we have to make sure she is OK because this business is not kind to everybody. It can break you. You have to know when to hold them, when to fold them, when to make your move and when to hold back. She's had an incredible logic path - she's had the entire Jackson family legacy as the logic. Her tough challenges are going to come down the road because there is always going to be a fork in the road and you have to know whether to turn left or right. You have to pull yourself together." Her family may have a point about Hollywood breaking a person. Paris made headlines for trying to take her own life multiple times, and it's made her family fearful, however, Jermaine added that he’d always be there for Paris. "We're there for Paris and all the kids...whoever wants to do something we're there. We have to hope they keep it in an integral role because as a family we never sold out, we always kept it on a level that people would expect us to. We've always kept it great and that is the challenge. If they want to walk in our success, that's what they have to do," Jackson stated.
14 Her Wild Antics Worry Her Family And Friends
This past April, there were reports that Paris' own family believed the 20-year-old had "lost it" and was going down a wrong path in life. According to New York Post's Page Six, a relative revealed that Michael Jackson's daughter was heading for a "serious meltdown." Apparently, when Paris posted videos of herself in March walking along the edge of a skyscraper, her family got flashbacks of the time her father dangled his infant son, Blanket, over a fourth floor balcony of a hotel in Berlin. "But this is worse than that because I still think Michael had control of Blanket and they weren't nearly as high up as Paris is in this video," the relative told Page Six, adding, "She's lost it. She really has." At the time, Paris was with her rumored girlfriend, model Cara Delevingne and the two were failing to complete sentences and staggering. "Everyone saw that video, and even though we all knew that she's now OK, watching it was so traumatic that nobody wants to show wither Katherine or Joe. The relative also mentioned that Paris' new high society life has led her to doing more dangerous things. "Paris feels free, crazy, and unhibited around her female companions. It just feels right," they told Page Six. Her family wants her to stay "grounded, sober and safe," it doesn't look like Paris is taking any of their advice.
13 Paris Claps Back At Her Own Family
After hearing the news that one of her own family members went to Page Six to talk about her antics, Paris clapped back at the relative on her Instagram. "So apparently people think I'm about to die. My therapist texted me about it laughing though, so that's good. So I guess to the family members that are talking to all of these news outlets saying they're worried for me: When is the last time you called me? Prince isn't worried. Why? Because we talk all the time. We hang out. If you're worried about me, call me," Paris said. Paris' aunt, La Toya Jackson came to her niece's defense around the same time during an interview with Entertainment Tonight. "She's become a remarkable woman. She's done very, very well and I'm proud of her, and very excited and very happy," La Toya said. She also added that all of her family members give back, no matter what they are doing in their lives and what negative press is out there about them. "All my nieces and nephews are always doing something. If it's not downtown [helping] homeless people, they're constantly doing something that a lot of people don't even realize or know about. It's very important," she shared, adding that her late brother would be very proud of his children.
12 She's Made Headlines With Her Tattoos
Paris is only 20-years-old and already has over 50 tattoos. Some of her most notable ones include many famous artist like John Lennon, David Bowe, Prince, and nine tattoos that honor her late father, including Jackson's 1989 multi-platinum album cover Dangerous. The tattoos features several different animals including elephants and monkeys with Michael's eyes, eyebrows and a strand of curly hair hanging. She posted a photo of her new ink on her Instagram page and captioned it, "Never forget your roots, and always be proud of where you came from." She also included one of her father's most memorable quotes in her caption, "The meaning of life is contained in every single expression of life. It is present in the infinity of forms and phenomena that exist in all of creation." One of her other tattoos dedicated to her father is located on her left forearm and reads, "Queen of my heart" in Michael's handwriting. She explained the meaning of the tattoo on her Instagram, "To everyone else he was the King of Pop. To me, well, he was the king of my heart." Discussing why she includes her legendary father to her collection of body art, she said, "He's brought me nothing but joy. So why not have constant reminders of joy?"
11 She Shockingly Revealed Her Thoughts About Michael Jackson
In her Rolling Stone interview, Paris Jackson admitted that there was some sort of conspiracy when it came to her father's passing. Michael Jackson died from acute propofol intoxication, which was aided by his personal physician, Dr. Conrad Murray, who was found guilty of homicide, receiving a four-year prison sentence. While Paris believes that Murray was somewhat responsible for her father's passing, she told the magazine that she thinks his passing so no accident. Paris admitted that there was a deeper conspiracy at play, and even stated that her father thought people would be out to get him as well. "He would drop hints about people being out to get him. And at one point he was like, 'They're gonna kill me one day,'" Paris revealed. When she was asked if she believed her father, Paris immediately said, "Absolutely." "Because it's obvious. All arrows point to that. It sounds like a total conspiracy theory..., but all real fans and everybody in the family knows it. It was a setup." And when the time is right, Paris will continue to look for answers to her father’s passing. "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."
10 She Opened Up About Her Personal Struggles
Paris Jackson made headlines when she tried to kill herself in 2013, at the age of 15. Since then, the model has continued with therapy and looks to have a bright future in front of her. She opened up to Rolling Stone and discussed how she tried to harm herself multiple times after going through depression and an addiction. "It was just self hatred," Paris told the magazine, adding, "low self-esteem, thinking that I couldn't do anything right, not thinking I was worthy of living anymore." Some of Paris' tattoos cover her scars of self-harm and at the time, she managed to hide it well from her family. Paris admitted that she attempted suicide multiple times, but "it was just once that it became public." However, after her last attempt, Paris was convinced that she needed to attend a residential therapy program. She also added, "I was doing a lot of things that 13-,14-,15 -year-olds shouldn’t do. I tried to grow up too fast." After the passing of her father, Paris revealed that the fame was overwhelming and faced constant online bullying. "The whole freedom-of-speech thing is great. But I don't think that our Founding Fathers predicted social media when they created all of these amendments and stuff."
9 Paris Is Fashion-Savvy
Paris Jackson's style is clearly boho chic and she makes wearing top designer brands like Gucci and Dior all her own. The daughter of pop royalty can pretty much pull of anything, but we like that she takes a high end piece and adds in her personal touches like a boho inspired necklace or cool rocker boots. "She might have big brands queuing up to dress her in catwalk hits for red-carpet appearances, but there are no clotheshorse connotations happening here. Far from it. The actress is able to take a look and - with the help of her talisman jewels, growing collection of tattoos and chameleon approach to hair - make it feel entirely her own," Vogue magazine stated about Paris' unique fashion style. What word does Vogue use to describe Paris' style? The magazine calls her looks eclecticism. "She's no one-trick pony. Out and about in her native California, it's a much more laid-back affair of bohemian influence and languid layering, while on the red carpet where she regularly dabbles in designs by the houses of the city from which she takes her name, all executed with an elegant expertise," Vogue wrote.
8 Paris And Her Mother's Relationship Is Growing
Paris Jackson did not grow up with her mother, Debbie Rowe around. Rowe signed all her parental rights away to Paris' father Michael Jackson back in 2001. However, since the passing of Jackson in 2009, it appeared that Debbie was trying to make an effort and be included in her daughter's life. In 2013, we saw first photos of the two celebrating Paris' 15th birthday at a sushi restaurant in California. Debbie wrapped her arm around Paris in the picture and it actually looked like they were enjoying their time together. According to Daily Mail, Debbie developed an "intense bond" with Paris, spending a lot of time with one another and she even supported her daughter during a dance contest at her school. Even her uncle, Jermaine Jackson, liked the idea of Debbie coming back into Paris' life. "I think it's wonderful. The kids need their mom. I think it's great. That's their mother. That's wonderful. That's a good thing," Jackson said. The Daily Mirror also reported that Paris found it "easy" to bond with her mom, with a friend revealing, "Paris is very inquisitive and found Debbie easy to bond with." In 2016, Debbie was diagnosed with breast cancer and Paris has been alongside her mother ever since. She recently shared an Instagram post that shows herself and her mother smiling, despite her mother's difficult time.
7 She Still Deals With The Loss Of Her Father
It's been nine years since Michael Jackson's passing and it's still been very difficult for Paris, telling Rolling Stone that the pain will never go away of losing her father. "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,'" Paris told the magazine. She told Rolling Stone that even though her father isn't here, she still feels him around her and even sees him in her dreams. She wears Michael's rope-and-jade bracelet because "it smells like him" and revealed that she feels him with her "all the time." Even with Michael gone, Paris admitted that she still has fond memories being with him as a child. "I have lots of memories of my father. He was an incredible father. We all loved him to death. He'd try to educate us as much as he could and was always looking out for us. He was very protective," Paris said in an interview with Event magazine.
6 Paris Is Making Heads Turn
Paris Jackson attended the 2018 Met Gala and looked like a princess in her brown Stella McCartney gown. The dress, a structured mini dress that was covered with layers of chiffon, was draped around her body to create a dramatic effect that looked absolutely stunning. Of course, Paris' tattoos were out on display and she accessorized her gown with a tiara, a nose ring and bracelets. She walked into the Met Gala with the designer and Miley Cyrus. Paris and Miley are long time friends and they have even been compared to one another because of their similar interests and style. Paris was even compared to Miley when she showed off a new shorter hairstyle in 2012. If you remember, Cyrus caused a frenzy when she chopped off all her hair and bleached it blonde. That same year, Paris spoke out about trying to find her own identity and not being labeled as "M.J.'s daughter." She told Glamour magazine, "I love my dad, and I'm proud to be his daughter. I just don't think the title 'M.J.'s daughter' fits me. A lot of people think he's the only reason I'm making it, but I want to show that I do have talent and that I can make it if I try. I want to be my own person."
5 She's Being A Normal Kid
Paris may be the daughter of an icon, but that doesn't mean she can't live a simple life or grow up like any other normal kid. Her father grew up in the spotlight and started performing with the Jackson 5 when he was a kid, so he did not have much of a normal childhood. However, Michael wanted to make sure his kids would enjoy their young lives, and Paris revealed that the reason Michael covered his kids faces was so that the media couldn't see how they look like and steal their childhood away from them. "The masks were [my dad's] idea," Paris explained to Event magazine. "He didn't want anyone [in the media] to see what we looked like. That way we could have what he didn't which was a normal childhood." She also mentioned that thankfully, her friends don't just think of her as Michael Jackson's daughter. "I want to have a normal high-school experience, [but] it's hard to have a normal childhood when you have security with you all the time. I'm on a tight leash and I feel if that leash was loosened a little bit I would definitely have a chance at a normal childhood, because I have friends who are completely normal, and hey - they don't think of me as MJ's kid. They think of me as who I am, you know?"
4 Paris Takes Her Career Very Seriously
Paris Jackson is working hard as a model and actress, despite people believing it is easier for her to land gigs because of her famous father. The star has huge dreams of becoming an actress and has made a guest appearance on Star and starred opposite David Oyelowo in the 2018 film Gringo. Not only is Paris taking acting seriously, she is working her way up in the modeling world as well. Paris' latest modeling project is a Calvin Klein jeans campaign she was in with Stranger Things star Millie Bobby Brown and model Lulu Tenney. When Paris isn't busy working, she is giving back to her community. "My activism and my work, such as missions like [Puerto Rico], are on the top of my list of priorities. Almost everything I do comes back full circle towards this kind of work, including my job," Paris told Stellar magazine, adding, "I'd like to be a role model that parents are OK with their kids looking up to. I make it very clear that I am flawed because I think it's important to show others that, sure, I have a highlight reel like everyone else in the industry, but I'm also definitely still a human being with a sloppy behind-the-scenes. And that's OK."
3 She's Set To Become The Next Big Thing In Hollywood
Paris landed her first big movie role in the 2018 film Gringo, alongside some of Hollywood's most famous faces like Charlize Theron, Amanda Seyfried, David Oyelowo, Thandie Newton and Sharlto Copley. In the film, Paris plays Nelly, a girl who becomes entangled in foreign crime. She's taking her career very seriously and to the next level. She made her acting debut on Fox's Star and signed with IMG Models. Even though Paris is going to have a very busy year, E! News reported that she wants to focus more on acting than anything. "If you had to put her priorities in order, it would probably be acting, activism and modeling. She's passionate about all of them. Her modeling career is really taking off and you can expect some big announcements coming in the next month or so," the report stated. According to Hollywood Life, Paris might even think about having her own show. "Paris wants to extend herself in the acting department and instead of doing roles here and there she wants to star in her own show," a source revealed, adding, "She would like it to be more on the serious side and involve some sort of magic and mystery, something very unique, challenging and exciting. She knows that finding something like that will be difficult but she is meaning to put much of her focus to achieving many acting dreams in 2018 and if she has to do it herself then so be it. But the process of becoming a full fledged working actress is a serious main goal for Paris now that she has been bitten by the bug."
2 Paris Is Learning To Block Out The Haters
It appears that Paris Jackson is set to have a big 2018. We've seen her in the spotlight a lot more and she's making her own name for herself, despite being the daughter of Michael Jackson. "I've always wanted to kind of break off and do my own thing, just 'cause I feel I enjoy independence very much," Paris told Harpers Bazaar. And even with all of her haters, Paris is slowly learning that at least she's been talked about, good or bad. "You're on their mind - how is that a bad thing? Doesn't matter if they're saying good or bad things about you. They're thinking about you enough to write about you. You just don't care," Paris told the magazine, adding, that she's doing the best she can to not let the negativity affect her. "I used to feel that way. Then it gets to a point where, you know what, it's going to happen. Not everybody is going to be happy with what you do. If you're not happy with what you're doing, that's a problem." Hopefully, her haters will see that Paris actually uses her fame for good. When Vogue asked the young star what she was passionate about, she replied, "Waking up the people. I have so many causes that are dear to my heart and fighting for the people, I feel, is my duty."
1 Paris Admits She's Doing The Best She Can
Paris Jackson has faced a ton of backlash for her eccentric lifestyle. However, the model will defend her lifestyle as much as she can. In June of 2017, Paris used the Instagram Live function and posted a 10-minute plea to her haters to give her a break. "I guess this is for the people that don't agree with who I am and don't agree with my morals, and spend their time trying to hurt me. I like to think that I'm on a pretty good track ... I get it, y'all don't like the tattoos, y'all don't like profanity, y'all don't like my free spirit, my outspokenness. I'm a young chick and I should be quiet, I get it," Paris said in her emotional speech, adding, "I am a teenager. I am doing the best I can. I'm working as hard as I possibly can to make a living for myself and create my own life. I'm fighting for human rights. I'm fighting for animal rights. I'm fighting for the environment. Basically any liberalist movements that will create positive impact on this planet. I'm trying to get involved in." Paris also mentioned that she still doesn't understand why people hate her so much, stating, "I understand that it's not enough. No matter what I do it will never be enough and you will never be satisfied.."
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