Paris Jackson, the daughter of Michael Jackson, was hospitalized after attempting suicide Wednesday. The 15-year-old was reportedly upset that she couldn’t attend a Marilyn Manson concert and ran into her room and cut her wrists with a meat cleaver.
It was also reported that Jackson swallowed a number of pills and left a suicide note. She was rushed to a California hospital around 2 am, and received stitches. She is expected to make a full recovery.
Now, Manson is reaching out to the teenager, and letting her know that she is always welcome at his concerts.
Manson told Jackson, “I hope you feel better. You will be on my guest list anytime you want.”
It’s perhaps a different side of the controversial rocker than most are used to seeing, but one that he has displayed in the past. In Michael Moore’s 2002 documentary, Bowling for Columbine, Moore interviews the rocker about how the Columbine shooters, Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold, listened to his music the day of the shooting. Many blamed Manson’s music for the shooting, and Manson said he understands that he is a convenient scapegoat.
“I’m kind of a poster boy for fear, because I represent what everyone’s afraid of, because I do and say what I want,” he said. Manson added that he wouldn’t “say a single word” to the Columbine community, and that he would just listen “because that’s what no one did.”
An animated version of Manson displayed a similar concern for his young fans. In the Family Guy episode “Saving Private Brian,” Chris starts singing in rock band and rebels against his parents, who find a Marilyn Manson poster and CD in his room. Peter wants to talk to Manson about turning Chris into a jerk, and Manson (voiced by one of the show’s writers, Tom Devanney) says he’ll talk to him. He also gives him tips about starting his day with a healthy breakfast and tells Peter to spend time with him.
Katherine Jackson, Paris Jackson’s grandmother, said the teenager is “physically fine” and is receiving “appropriate medical attention.”
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