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Paris Jackson is only 24 years of age, but as the second child of the legendary musician Michael Jackson, she’s been a celebrity her entire life.

Following the passing of her father, Paris has struggled with many things in her life. Now, however, the talented young woman is pursuing her own career in music.

And even though her life has been a rollercoaster, she’s now decided to speak out on her upbringing with her father, aka the “King of Pop.”

Michael Jackson – “King of Pop”

I mean, you don’t get called the “The King of Pop” for nothing, right? But as much as we love his music, the late singer’s life wasn’t easy.

Right from the beginning, when he sang with his brothers in the Jackson Five, Michael had problems at home not helped by a very strict father who was quick to punish his kids if they didn’t fall into line.

One could say that Michael Jackson was a product, a person who was designed to become an entertainer and singer from his earliest days. However, that isn’t something that will take away the pure brilliance to be found in his music, dancing and songwriting.

Michael Jackson

When Michael Jackson passed away in 2009, the whole world mourned the singer. He had been chased by paparazzis’ and tabloid newspapers for pretty much his entire life, but not even when he was laid to rest for the last time was he spared.

Paris Jackson – Michael’s daughter

Helicopters transporting his body from the hospital in Los Angeles were followed by other media helicopters. Still to this day, news of Michael Jackson and his family is published all over the world.

These days, it’s mostly his family members that get the attention. In particular, his children have been targeted, as many paparazzis want their share of the Jackson family.

Jackson’s second child, Paris Jackson, has lived in the spotlight her entire life. Now, she’s doing all she can to be her own person, and not just Michael Jackson’s child.

Paris Jackson

And the truth is, she’s doing really well following several years of mental illness.

Paris Jackson – early life

Paris Jackson was born on April 3, 1998 in California. She’s the second child of Michael Jackson, as well as his only daughter.

Her early life was very private – she and her brother both were home-schooled up until 6th grade. Michael Jackson was keen on letting them keep their privacy, and the children were fiercely guarded from the public. Early photos of Michael’s brood showed them either in costumes or with scarves around their heads to cover their faces.

As a result, Paris and her siblings lived a very restricted life on the Neverland Ranch. No one can say that they weren’t extremely privileged, but at the same time, it must have been tough.

Speaking with supermodel Naomi Campbell in a YouTube interview, Paris Jackson opened up about her father, and what her upbringing was like.

She said that Michael Jackson made sure that they were “cultured”.

“My dad was really good about making sure we were cultured, making sure we were educated, and not just showing us like the glitz and glam, like hotel hopping, five-star places,” Paris said.

“It was also like, we saw everything. We saw third world countries. We saw every part of the spectrum.”

Speaks out on her childhood

Paris Jackson lived all over the world during her childhood days, as her father toured across the globe to play in front of hundreds of thousands of people.

She says she was very grateful about her “privileged” childhood. But at the same time, Paris learned early on that she shouldn’t feel entitled. Her father made sure that the children understood the concept of having to put in work in order to get things.

“Even growing up it was about earning stuff,” Paris said. “If we wanted five toys from FAO Schwarz or Toys ‘R’ Us, we had to read five books.

“It’s earning it, not just being entitled to certain things or thinking ‘oh I got this’,” she added. “It’s like working for it, working hard for it, it’s something else entirely, it’s an accomplishment.”

Jackson children

Paris was only 11 years old when her father passed away.

Tragic passing of Michael Jackson

On June 25, 2009, “The King of Pop” suffered cardiac arrest at his home and passed away shortly after being transported to a nearby hospital. Paris and her brothers ended up in the legal care of their grandmother, Katherine Jackson, as per Michael’s will.

During her father’s televised memorial service, the 11-year-old Paris stood in front of the whole world to say a few words about her father.

“Ever since I was born, daddy has been the best father you could ever imagine,” she said. “And I just wanted to say I love him so much.”

Paris and her brothers, Prince Michael, 12, and Prince Michael II, 7, were all in attendance during the televised memorial service. In fact, that was pretty much the first time the world caught more than just a glimpse of Jackson’s children.

Then, in January 2010, they were once again were seen in public while accepting a posthumous Lifetime Achievement Award for their father at the 2010 Grammy Awards.

Paris Jackson – life after Neverland

In November the same year, Paris appeared on the Oprah Winfrey Show to speak about her father, saying that he was amazing.

“I kind of felt like no one understood what a good father he was, he was the best cook ever,” she told Winfrey. “He was just a normal dad.”

“He made the best French toast in the world,” Paris added.

When Michael Jackson passed away, Paris Jackson moved into a mansion in Calabasas, California, with her grandmother Katherine Jackson, as well as other members of her family, according to The Daily Mail.


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