Remember Michael Jackson’s wee ones – Prince, Paris and Blanket? Well, the three have grown up pretty well under the care of the Jackson family, after the tragic passing of the King of Pop. His only daughter, Paris, is now an 18-year-old woman, who is drop dread gorgeous, and though she doesn’t resemble Michael in a lot of ways, she keeps any semblance of him through at least a dozen tattoos all over her body – FAITH, TRUST AND PIXIE DUST (for the pop star’s way of identifying himself with J M Barrie’s boy who never grow up, Peter Pan), QUEEN OF MY HEART (in Jackson’s own handwriting copied from a letter he wrote her) and several other symbols from his hit albums.
In an interview with Rolling Stone, Paris Jackson is open and casual, taking about fond memories she has of the late pop superstar, how she dealt with his death at the age of 11, and life after that, growing up in the family home.
But first, she talks about his death, or as she refers to it, his ‘murder’. If you recall, back in 2005, the King of Pop was on his last tour called This Is It. Then on June 25, he was found unresponsive in his bed, and was later declared dead while being admitted to hospital. The cause of his death was due to unmedicated intoxication of propofol, something he used to get him to sleep. His doctor, Dr. Conrad Murray was found guilty of involuntary manslaughter. Paris says that the death was is no way accidental, and that his murder was commissioned.
“Absolutely. Because it’s obvious. All arrows point to that. It sounds like a total conspiracy and it sounds like bullsh*t, but all real fans and everybody in the family knows it. It was a set-up. It was bullsh*t.”
In the interview, she speaks about everything she remembers about Michael Jackson, who she only knew as “daddy” as a kid. She even mentions how he would cry to her in the night during his trial when he was accused of child molestation. After his death, and as she reached her angsty teens, all of her early life began taking a toll, and she ended up getting addicted to drugs by the time she was 15, and one time in particular when she took a lot of pills and slashed her wrists. After three suicide attempts, she was forced into counselling. She even shows traces of track marks, which could suggest that she went so far as to injecting heroine.
Her last reminisce of her dad are words that show just how hurt she is by his tragic death, and the mystery that surrounds it all. “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.” She also says that the late star visits her in her dreams. “I feel him with me all the time.”