As Paris Jackson recovers from a suicide attempt that reportedly involved overdosing on Motrin pills and cutting her arm with a kitchen knife, attention is being placed on how the daughter of the world’s most famous pop star, Michael Jackson, got to this place.
Late Tuesday night, just before paramedics were called to the Jackson family’s Calabasas, Calif., home, Paris, 15, tweeted to her more than one million Twitter followers, “i wonder why tears are salty?” and then, an hour later, she quoted the Beatles, writing, “yesterday, all my troubles seemed so far away now it looks as though they’re here to stay.”
The teen also posted a video to YouTube late last week in which she said, “I need serious help. I’m crazy. I’m crazy.”
The sight of Michael Jackson’s only daughter in the spotlight contrasts with the protective bubble the late pop singer shielded his three children in before his death from an overdose in 2009, when Paris was just 11 years old.
Now under the care of her grandmother, 83-year-old Katherine Jackson, Paris has appeared on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show,” where she spoke of her desire to become an actress, and granted an interview to Oprah Winfrey, where she revealed she had been bullied.
“If I feel someone is being fake to me, I’ll just push away because there are kids at my school who talk so bad behind my back and they don’t think I can hear them,” the teenager told Winfrey last June. “A lot of times I can hear them. A lot of times my friends tell me what they say and I’m like, ‘Okay, cool.’”
Though Paris switched from being home schooled to attending a private high school and joining the cheerleading squad in hopes of having a “normal high school experience,” she told a British magazine in April, her home life has been anything but normal.
Her father’s death was placed back in the spotlight this year with the $40 billion wrongful death suit filed by the Jackson family against the concert promoters who sponsored Jackson’s “This Is It” tour. The Jackson family claims the concert promoters, Anschutz Entertainment Group, put “its desire for massive profits over the health and safety of Michael Jackson.”
“From what I understand from people who know her, she’s been following this trial and her understandings four years later are much more mature and it’s like reliving her father’s death again,” said public relations specialist and ABC News Consultant Howard Bragman.
“She was the love of her father’s life and he was the love of hers,” Bragman said. “There’s a void that I don’t know can ever be filled.”
Paris has also been caught in the middle of a family feud among the Jackson siblings over who should control Michael Jackson’s approximately $1 billion estate and who should be the guardian of Paris and her two siblings, Blanket and Prince.
“You’ve got a lot of competing agendas in this family and a definite lack of leadership,” Bragman said. “They have to decide on a structure. Give her consistency. Give her what every teenage girl needs, love and support.”
“They’re going to have to get together and decide on a structure with Paris,” he said. “She has to be part of the solution.”