Paris Jackson, daughter of the late Michael Jackson, marked her 18th birthday by getting a tattoo in honor of her late dad, People reports.
Paris Jackson took to Instagram Tuesday to show her new tattoo to her followers. The tattoo was placed on her arm, featuring the words “Queen of My Heart” in Michael Jackson’s writing.
“‘Queen of My Heart’ in his handwriting.To everyone else he was the King of Pop. To me, well, he was the king of my heart,” Paris wrote.
thank you everybody very very much for all the birthday wishes, means the absolute world to me. ???? xx— Paris Jacksoη (@ParisJackson) April 3, 2016
The King of Pop’s daughter got her arm inked by tattoo artist Justin Lewis at Timeless Tattoo 738 in Los Angeles.
Justin Lewis shared via Instagram a photo showing himself posing with Paris Jackson proudly showing off her new tattoo.
“Paris Michael Jackson got her tattoo today, letters from her father, so sweet,” Lewis captioned.
Paris Jackson was only 11-years-old when her father Michael died in 2009, leaving her and brothers Prince, now 19, and Blanket, now 14.
While Michael became infamous for dangling his baby son Blanket over his hotel balcony while greeting fans in Berlin once, the iconic pop star had been overprotective of his children when he was still living. Plagued by paparazzi for most of his life, Jackson did everything he could to spare his children from public scrutiny. One precaution he used to maintain his children’s anonymity was to always have them wear masks while going out in public with him.
Paris spoke at length about her experiences being Michael’s daughter in an interview with Oprah Winfrey in 2012.
“I understand it now. When we went out without him, we wouldn’t be recognized and we could have a normal childhood,” said Paris.
“He told us when he was younger he didn’t really have a childhood,” Paris said. “He would always be stuck in the studio while other kids were playing. He wanted us to have that.”
Paris Jackson has always expressed her desire to follow in her father’s footsteps as she shared many clips on Instagram showing her singing and playing the guitar. One of her most famous video clips features her singing her rendition of Bob Dylan’s classic hit “Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door.”
Paris made the headlines in early 2013 shortly after she attempted to take her own life. Debbie Rowe, Paris’s mother, said in an interview that Paris was still devastated by the death of her father even if four years had already passed by then.
“She tried to kill herself,” Rowe said on the witness stand. “She is devastated. She has no life. She doesn’t feel she has a life anymore.”
In another interview, Rowe recalled suggesting to Michael that they should have a child following his split from Lisa Marie Presley in 1996.
“I was trying to help him,” Rowe said. “I said, ‘What’s the thing that makes you the saddest?’ He said, ‘I never had any children.'”
“I wanted him to be a father. I wanted him to have everything he didn’t have growing up. I wanted him to experience it with his own child, with his own children…I believe there are certain people who need to be parents, and I always thought he was one of them.”
Paris, who has rocked long brunette curls for years, made a drastic makeover in February by switching to a platinum blonde crop of hair. The teen looked spry and confident in her new ‘do. More importantly, she looks happier now as compared to before.
[Image via Paris Jackson/Instagram]