Paris Jackson: Life After Neverland

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In her first-ever in-depth interview, Michael Jackson’s daughter discusses her father’s pain and finding peace after addiction and heartache

Paris-Michael Katherine Jackson is staring at a famous corpse. “That’s Marilyn Monroe,” she whispers, facing a wall covered with gruesome autopsy photos. “And that’s JFK. You can’t even find these online.” On a Thursday afternoon in late November, Paris is making her way through the Museum of Death, a cramped maze of formaldehyde-scented horrors on Hollywood Boulevard. It’s not uncommon for visitors, confronted with decapitation photos, snuff films and serial-killer memorabilia, to faint, vomit or both. But Paris, not far removed from the emo and goth phases of her earlier teens, seems to find it all somehow soothing. This is her ninth visit. “It’s awesome,” she had said on the way over. “They have a real electric chair and a real head!”

Paris Jackson turned 18 last April, and moment by moment, can come across as much older or much younger, having lived a life that’s veered between sheltered and agonizingly exposed. She is a pure child of the 21st century, with her mashed-up hippie-punk fashion sense (today she’s wearing a tie-dye button-down, jeggings and Converse high-tops) and boundary-free musical tastes (she’s decorated her sneakers with lyrics by Mötley Crüe and Arctic Monkeys; is obsessed with Alice Cooper – she calls him “bae” – and the singer-songwriter Butch Walker; loves Nirvana and Justin Bieber too). But she is, even more so, her father’s child. “Basically, as a person, she is who my dad is,” says her older brother, Prince Michael Jackson. “The only thing that’s different would be her age and her gender.” Paris is similar to Michael, he adds, “in all of her strengths, and almost all of her weaknesses as well. She’s very passionate. She is very emotional to the point where she can let emotion cloud her judgment.”

Paris has, with impressive speed, acquired more than 50 tattoos, sneaking in the first few while underage. Nine of them are devoted to Michael Jackson, who died when she was 11 years old, sending her, Prince and their youngest brother, Blanket, spiraling out of what had been – as they perceived it – a cloistered, near-idyllic little world. “They always say, ‘Time heals,'” she says. “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.” Michael still visits her in her dreams, she says: “I feel him with me all the time.”

Michael, who saw himself as Peter Pan, liked to call his only daughter Tinker Bell. She has FAITH, TRUST AND PIXIE DUST inked near her clavicle. She has an image from the cover of Dangerous on her forearm, the Bad logo on her hand, and the words QUEEN OF MY HEART – in her dad’s handwriting, from a letter he wrote her – on her inner left wrist. “He’s brought me nothing but joy,” she says. “So why not have constant reminders of joy?”

She also has tattoos honoring John Lennon, David Bowie and her dad’s sometime rival Prince – plus Van Halen and, on her inner lip, the word MÖTLEY (her boyfriend has CRÜE in the same spot). On her right wrist is a rope-and-jade bracelet that Michael bought in Africa. He was wearing it when he died, and Paris’ nanny retrieved it for her. “It still smells like him,” Paris says.

She fixes her huge blue-green eyes on each of the museum’s attractions without flinching, until she comes to a section of taxidermied pets. “I don’t really like this room,” she says, wrinkling her nose. “I draw the line with animals. I can’t do it. This breaks my heart.” She recently rescued a hyperactive pit-bull-mix puppy, Koa, who has an uneasy coexistence with Kenya, a snuggly Labrador her dad brought home a decade ago.

Paris describes herself as “desensitized” to even the most graphic reminders of human mortality. In June 2013, drowning in depression and a drug addiction, she tried to kill herself at age 15, slashing her wrist and downing 20 Motrin pills. “It was just self-hatred,” she says, “low self-esteem, thinking that I couldn’t do anything right, not thinking I was worthy of living anymore.” She had been self-harming, cutting herself, managing to conceal it from her family. Some of her tattoos now cover the scars, as well as what she says are track marks from drug use. Before that, she had already attempted suicide “multiple times,” she says, with an incongruous laugh. “It was just once that it became public.” The hospital had a “three-strike rule,” she recalls, and, after that last attempt, insisted she attend a residential therapy program.

Home-schooled before her father’s death, Paris had agreed to attend a private school starting in seventh grade. She didn’t fit in – at all – and started hanging out with the only kids who accepted her, “a lot of older people doing a lot of crazy things,” she says. “I was doing a lot of things that 13-, 14-, 15-year-olds shouldn’t do. I tried to grow up too fast, and I wasn’t really that nice of a person.” She also faced cyberbullying, and still struggles with cruel online comments. “The whole freedom-of-speech thing is great,” she says. “But I don’t think that our Founding Fathers predicted social media when they created all of these amendments and stuff.”

There was another trauma that she’s never mentioned in public. When she was 14, a much older “complete stranger” sexually assaulted her, she says. “I don’t wanna give too many details. But it was not a good experience at all, and it was really hard for me, and, at the time, I didn’t tell anybody.”

After her last suicide attempt, she spent sophomore year and half of junior year at a therapeutic school in Utah. “It was great for me,” she says. “I’m a completely different person.” Before, she says with a small smile, “I was crazy. I was actually crazy. I was going through a lot of, like, teen angst. And I was also dealing with my depression and my anxiety without any help.” Her father, she says, also struggled with depression, and she was prescribed the same antidepressants he once took, though she’s no longer on any psych meds.

Now sober and happier than she’s ever been, with menthol cigarettes her main remaining vice, Paris moved out of her grandma Katherine’s house shortly after her 18th birthday, heading to the old Jackson family estate. She spends nearly every minute of each day with her boyfriend, Michael Snoddy, a 26-year-old drummer – he plays with the percussion ensemble Street Drum Corps – and Virginia native whose dyed mohawk, tattoos and perpetually sagging pants don’t obscure boy-band looks and a puppy-dog sweetness. “I never met anyone before who made me feel the way music makes me feel,” says Paris. When they met, he had an ill-considered, now-covered Confederate flag tattoo that raised understandable doubts among the Jacksons. “But the more I actually got to know him,” says Prince, “he’s a really cool guy.”

Paris took a quick stab at community college after graduating high school – a year early – in 2015, but wasn’t feeling it. She is an heir to a mammoth fortune – the Michael Jackson Family Trust is likely worth more than $1 billion, with disbursements to the kids in stages. But she wants to earn her own money, and now that she’s a legal adult, to embrace her other inheritance: celebrity.

And in the end, as the charismatic, beautiful daughter of one of the most famous men who ever lived, what choice did she have? She is, for now, a model, an actress, a work in progress. She can, when she feels like it, exhibit a regal poise that’s almost intimidating, while remaining chill enough to become pals with her giant-goateed tattoo artist. She has impeccable manners – you might guess that she was raised well. She so charmed producer-director Lee Daniels in a recent meeting that he’s begun talking to her manager about a role for her on his Fox show, Star. She plays a few instruments, writes and sings songs (she performs a couple for me on acoustic guitar, and they show promise, though they’re more Laura Marling than MJ), but isn’t sure if she’ll ever pursue a recording contract.

Modeling, in particular, comes naturally, and she finds it therapeutic. “I’ve had self-esteem issues for a really, really long time,” says Paris, who understands her dad’s plastic-surgery choices after watching online trolls dissect her appearance since she was 12. “Plenty of people think I’m ugly, and plenty of people don’t. But there’s a moment when I’m modeling where I forget about my self-esteem issues and focus on what the photographer’s telling me – and I feel pretty. And in that sense, it’s selfish.”

But mostly, she shares her father’s heal-the-world impulses (“I’m really scared for the Great Barrier Reef,” she says. “It’s, like, dying. This whole planet is. Poor Earth, man”), and sees fame as a means to draw attention to favored causes. “I was born with this platform,” she says. “Am I gonna waste it and hide away? Or am I going to make it bigger and use it for more important things?”

Her dad wouldn’t have minded. “If you wanna be bigger than me, you can,” he’d tell her. “If you don’t want to be at all, you can. But I just want you to be happy.”

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Janet Jackson Plans to Name Her Son

Last month, Janet Jackson was spotted out and about sporting her baby bump publicly for the first time.

While the 50-year-old continues to prepare for the arrival of her firstborn son, many are speculating what she will name her baby. According to one report, she has it all figured out and the selected name is both creative and touching.

As reported, Jackson is planning to name her little boy Michael Brandon as an homage to both her late brother Michael Jackson and Marlon‘s twin brother, Brandon, who passed away at birth.

The decision to name her only child after her late brothers is absolutely incredible and something that we trust the Jackson family would be very proud to hear if this claim proves to be true.

Another source said that she and husband Wissam Al Mana agreed to the name, reportedly finding a middle ground that doesn’t compromise her husband’s Muslim traditions. Michael Brandon is alleged to be their son’s middle name, with the first name to be one given by Al Mana.

Source: http://www.bet.com/music/2016/11/02/it-s-a-boy–here-s-what-janet-jackson-plans-to-name-her-son.html

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Michael Jackson’s Nephews File Suit Against Radar Online

Michael Jackson’s nephews, Taj, TJ, and Taryll Jackson, are suing Radar Online for $100 million over published stories alleging they were sexually abused and bribed by their King of Pop uncle.

The three men filed the $100 million libel lawsuit on Wednesday after the celebrity gossip website published multiple stories during June about Michael Jackson. The stories stated that the King of Pop stockpiled “images of pornography, animal torture, S&M and gore in a bid to seduce innocent young boys,” and that this stockpile was discovered in a police search of his Neverland ranch home back in 2003.

In one of the articles, the celebrity rumor website said, “The detectives’ report cites Michael even used sexy photos of his own nephews, who were in the band 3T, in their underwear to excite young boys,” referring to Taj, TJ, and Taryll.

Entertainment lawyer Bert Fields is representing the Jacksons and wrote in the libel suit, “Radar has tried to profit by launching a vicious and unrelenting attack on [Jackson] based on claims that, years ago, he was guilty of sexual abuse, even though, at the time, he was found ‘not guilty’ of that very charge.”

Fields continued by stating that Radar Online represents its “reports” as being “new” and based on official “detective reports.” However, he says that not only have the detective reports been available to the public for many years, Radar Online has misrepresented what the reports actually say.

http://www.nydailynews.com/entertainment/music/michael-jackson-nephews-sue-site-molested-article-1.2729780

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Paris Jackson Gets Her Dad Michael Jackson’s Dangerous Album Cover Tattooed on Her Arm

Paris Jackson was only 11 years old when her father passed away at the age of 50 in 2009. “To everyone else, he was the King of Pop. To me, well, he was the king of my heart,” Jackson wrote of the late Michael Jackson in an Instagram post from April 2016. Last night, she showed her love for her father with a new tattoo on her forearm.

The tat is a re-creation of Michael Jackson’s iconic album cover for Dangerous, which was released in 1991. “Black or White” was the album’s biggest single. Paris’s new tattoo depicts the part of the album cover with her father’s eyes peering through a filigree framework containing a monkey’s head, elephant, ram, and other assorted animals. The quote Paris chose to accompany the photograph of her new ink comes from her father’s 1992 book, Dancing the Dream. According to Paris’s tattoo artist, Justin Lewis, it’ll take one more session to complete the piece, during which he’ll add some shading.

Paris got her first tattoo in honor of her father in April of this year. It reads “Queen of my Heart,” in Michael Jackson’s handwriting.

 

http://www.vanityfair.com/style/2016/05/paris-jackson-dangerous-album-tattoo-michael-jackson

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Joseph Jackson Hospitalized

The 87-year-old was undergoing a routine checkup with his primary doctor in Los Angeles last week when he fell ill. TMZ reports that the music manager was having some tests done when he ‘became weak’ and came down with a high fever. Sources told the website that Jackson saw his doctor on Friday and was immediately hospitalized. He is currently still at hospital as doctors are still attempting to find a diagnosis.

Joe, patriarch of the Jackson family of musical performers, suffered a stroke in Brazil last year where he was treated in a Sao Paulo hospital.

The manager, who was in Brazil to celebrate his 87th birthday, was diagnosed with a stroke associated with cardiac arrhythmia, the Albert Einstein hospital said in an e-mailed statement.

Joe was estranged from Michael – who became one of the world’s most successful and best-known performers – before his 2009 death.  He also strayed apart from his wife, Katherine, and many of his other eight children.

In 2010, Joe confessed during an interview with Oprah Winfry that he beat his children.  ‘I don’t [regret the beatings],’ he said. ‘It kept them out of jail and kept them right.’

Joe was initially defensive about his relationship with Michael, insisting: ‘I don’t think he was afraid of me. What he was afraid of, he may do something wrong and I’d chastise him but not beat him. I never beat him like the media tried to say.’But he was forced to admit he used the strap on his nine children when his wife Katherine stepped in. She said. ‘He used a strap. Yes, he did use a strap.’ Joe then chastised his wife for being too soft.

‘Katherine is too easy with people… just like Michael,’ he said.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-3597274/Joe-Jackson-87-hospitalized-high-fever-falling-ill-checkup-doctor.html

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Paris Jackson Posted a Touching Tribute to Her Father on Instagram

As the daughter of a celebrity, it goes without saying that Paris Jackson’s Instagram is going to be pretty next level. Whether it’s posting a meme that perfectly displays her personality or chronicling her ever-changing, always awesome hair, she’s quickly rising in the ranks of “who to follow NOW.”

And over the weekend, she proved that photo inspiration can and does stay very much in the family when she posted a tribute to her father, Michael. She posed in front of a still of her father from the “Bad” music video, in a similar leather jacket to the King of Pop, and even mimicked his stance in the image, which she captioned “archangel.”

archangel 😎💘

A photo posted by Paris-Michael K. Jackson (@parisjackson) on

Paris has been open about the scrutiny she faces both online and in real life as the daughter of someone so exceedingly famous. She has even been known to defend herself from people who comment maliciously without knowing the first thing about her. So to see her in such a vulnerable and heartfelt moment is pretty poignant, and proof that she’s not letting the haters keep her from celebrating her roots.

http://www.teenvogue.com/story/paris-jackson-michael-jackson-instagram-tribute

 

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Secrets of Elizabeth Taylor’s Amazing Home: Diamonds, Photos of Michael Jackson and More

With her Oscars and her activism, her great loves and even greater roles, Elizabeth Taylor will always be a Hollywood icon. But in a new book, 700 Nimes Road, photographer Catherine Opie shines a light on the private world of the legend. Opie spent months shooting Taylor’s Bel Air, California, home, just before and after the star’s death in 2011.

“I never met her,” says Opie, who shares exclusive photos from her book (out on Oct. 6 from DelMonico Books•Prestel) and memories of her time at Taylor’s house in the new issue of PEOPLE. “But I got a sense of what an incredible human being she was by everything that was precious to her.” Some of the more surprising objects in Taylor’s possession include a collection of Buddha statuettes, many books about angels, and a shelf full of horses sculpted by her daughter Liza – oh, and the 33.19-carat Krupp diamond, gifted to her by then-husband Richard Burton in 1968. (Not even Liz’s biggest – that would be the 68-carat Taylor-Burton diamond the couple splurged on the following year.)

For the book, Opie was given access to some of Taylor’s most private spaces, including her dressing room, with its sunken tub and lavender carpets to match Taylor’s famous eyes. “That was a beautiful room,” recalls Opie. “The light in that room was just gorgeous,” showing off the stars pretty perfume bottles and fresh-picked orchids. “She had this beautiful little greenhouse that was just for orchids in her backyard,” adds the photographer.

Taylor’s home was also filled with reminders of her friends and family, mementoes of a life lived to its fullest. “There were lots of family photos,” says Opie, who captured a shot of Taylor’s bedside table with pictures of her longtime friend Michael Jackson among family photos. Pictures of Burton, whom Taylor married twice, were all around the house. “Richard Burton was in every room,” says Opie. “Yeah, pretty much. He was in every room.”

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She kept a photo of Michael Jackson (and a remote-control manual) on her bedside table.

Source: http://www.people.com/article/elizabeth-taylor-home-revealed-in-new-book

 

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Beyond The Lights: Janet Jackson Shares Her Private Life Backstage

A few fans have been floating a photo around the net recently. It’s said to be a special note Janet Jackson’s brother, Michael Jackson wrote to her years ago.

Fans have said that the VIP Access on her tour included:

From a fan who went to the show on another forum said this was also backstage:
– various certification plaques from around the world
-Some of her many awards (Grammys, VMAs, etc,)
– a huge cloth tapestry of her
– all of her previous tour books
– a grey brick from the original Jackson house
– each of her CDs as well as a lot of her cassettes and vinyls
-wardrobe from previous tours and music videos
– some of the Rhythm Nation jewelry and chains
– personal photographs with her family and various celebrities
– Poetic Justice script
– Photo outtakes from her photo shoots from over the years.

The note reads:

“To the Queen of Music, I love you. Forever your brother.

Always,

Michael”

#RESPECT

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