Paris Jackson, a previously notoriously private person, is now actively stepping into the spotlight. And the daughter of the late King of Pop Michael Jackson has finally revealed what made her change her mind about living in the public eye.
Just a few years back, Paris Jackson, now 19-years-old, had a life of secrecy that included avoiding public places, paparazzi, and rarely speaking to reporters. But it has all changed dramatically, and the only daughter of Michael Jackson jumped straight into the spotlight recently.
And now Paris Jackson, who earlier this year celebrated the 15th birthday of her brother Blanket, got candid about her decision to emerge in the public eye.
In the cover story for Teen Vogue‘s June issue, Paris Jackson revealed that she used to have “no motivation whatsoever” to be in the spotlight. Saying that publicity “scared” her, the only daughter of Michael Jackson says she has seen what being in the public eye “can do to people,” and “plenty get hurt.”
Paris Jackson was, of course, implicitly referring to her late father Michael Jackson, who had a long history of struggling with drugs that was allegedly caused by the media’s increased scrutiny in the wake of child abuse accusations.
Paris Jackson, who unlike her little brother Blanket is living in the spotlight now, says it took her “a long time of thinking” to come to realize that she was “born with a platform” that has an impact on people.
And by jumping from the life of secrecy straight into the spotlight, Paris Jackson says she didn’t want to “waste” that platform, which has been under her feet from the day she was born into the family of Michael Jackson 19 years ago.
Paris Jackson, who recently described her brother Blanket growing up as “super terrifying,” says she is dead-set on using that “platform” for “something important” to make “a difference” in this world.
With or without the platform, Paris Jackson has learned about the negative factors that come along with publicity the hard way. The only daughter of Michael Jackson says “the bigger the spotlight, the bigger the target.”
The aspiring model and actress complains that people “can be really cruel” while seemingly referring to trolls on social media and the Internet in general.
No need for greed or hunger
A brotherhood of man
Imagine all the people sharing all the world pic.twitter.com/qn6zaHzQzr
— Paris-Michael K. J. (@ParisJackson) April 30, 2017
Paris Jackson says that no matter what you do, there will always be those who can find “a reason to hate you” and “ridicule” you for something.
Paris Jackson, who boasts 1.5 million followers on Instagram, doesn’t get offended by online trolls so easily though, as the Star actress says the hatred from people “really doesn’t matter” as long as she follows her heart.
“As long as I follow my heart and continue trying to do what’s right, I’m on the right path.”
kalizzle took dis pic.twitter.com/uh9qNXRdYV
— Paris-Michael K. J. (@ParisJackson) May 3, 2017
Paris Jackson took to Instagram earlier this week to share a rare photo of her little brother, Blanket. In the since-deleted photo, the youngest son of the late Michael Jackson, who avoids the spotlight at all costs, is seen wearing a hoodie and being surrounded by family and close friends, according to E! News.
In the caption to another photo posted on Blanket’s birthday in February, in which he bears a striking resemblance to his father Michael Jackson, Paris Jackson wrote that watching her little brother grow up is “super terrifying,” but the aspiring model is nonetheless “proud” to have such a “strong,” “intelligent,” and “determined” brother.
i grew up watching this legend perfectly capture one of my favorite marvel characters on screen… then cried all 3 times i watched Logan. ily pic.twitter.com/B6FazwKxow
— Paris-Michael K. J. (@ParisJackson) May 8, 2017
Blanket, who rarely makes public appearances, is the youngest of Michael Jackson’s children and lives the life of a regular teenager. He goes to school, practices martial arts, and spends time with his sister, Paris Jackson, and the rest of the Jackson family.
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