Paris-Michael Katherine Jackson
April 3, 1998
|Agency||IMG Models (New York, Paris, Milan, London, Sydney)|
Paris-Michael Katherine Jackson (April 3, 1998) is an American model, media personality, socialite, and aspiring actress. She is the second child and only daughter of Michael Jackson and Debbie Rowe.
Life and career
1998–2009: Early life
Jackson was born on April 3, 1998, at Spaulding Pain Medical Clinic in Beverly Hills, California, and was named after the French capital city in which she was conceived. She is the middle child and only daughter of singer Michael Jackson and younger child of Debbie Rowe. She has one older brother, Michael Joseph Jackson, Jr. (“Prince”) and one younger half-brother, Prince Michael Jackson II ("Blanket"). Jackson was raised solely by her father, who received full custody rights following his divorce in 1999; Rowe had stated it was her intention and agreed upon with Michael that he would raise and have custody of the children. She grew up at Neverland Ranch with her siblings. Her father made Elizabeth Taylor and Macaulay Culkin the godparents of her and her brother Prince. During her childhood, she and her siblings often wore masks during public outings with their father to hide their faces from the public. She has said that she considers herself black and that she was immersed in African-American culture by her father.
2010–2018: Career beginnings
In 2010, Jackson and her brothers gave an interview for Oprah Winfrey alongside their grandmother Katherine and their cousins about life after her father's death. She and her brother Prince also accepted the Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2010 Grammy Awards on their father's behalf. She and her brother Prince became enrolled at the Buckley School, an exclusive private school in Sherman Oaks, California. There, she participated in flag football, softball and cheerleading.
In 2011, Jackson signed on to star in the children's fantasy film, Lundon's Bridge and the Three Keys, a story adapted from a book written by Dennis Christen. Ultimately, the film was not produced.
Jackson, her two siblings and her grandmother Katherine made plans to put together a documentary film entitled Remembering Michael in remembrance of her deceased father. It had been hoped that costs associated with the making of the project were to be funded via contributing fans through the crowdfunding site FundAnything. However, due to the uproar from the fans and media sparked by this method, Katherine decided to shut down the campaign. In a sneak peek of the documentary, Paris remarked that her father had promised to teach her his famous dance move, the Moonwalk, but never had the chance. Since the shut down of the online campaign, no further updates have been reported concerning this project.
She and musician/singer Gabriel Glenn formed a musical duo called The Soundflowers and performed their first gig at Canyon Sessions on June 23, 2018, with original songs "Daisy" and "In the Blue". Jackson sings and plays the ukulele while Glenn also sings and plays acoustic guitar.
By the age of 15, she had been an intravenous drug addict and had attempted suicide several times. She was then sent to a therapeutic school in Utah, where she spent her sophomore and junior years of high school, and which she credits with helping her overcome depression.
On July 13, 2018, in response to a question on her Instagram profile about whether she is bisexual, she wrote: "That's what you guys call it so I (sic) guess but who needs labels." She later added to Twitter: "Everyone has known for years I came out when I was 14, WTF." and "How many times have I publicly referred to the community as 'my fellow LGBTQ+'? Like, even on stage. I've been a part of the community for years. I even mentioned having crushes on girls when I was eight in a magazine before. I've been caught kissing girls in public." Again, she added to her Instagram page: "And I'm not bisexual, I just love people for people."
In the aftermath of Michael Jackson's death, British actor Mark Lester, gave an interview to the British tabloid News of the World, in which he said that he was a sperm donor for Michael Jackson in 1996 and that he could be the biological father of Paris Jackson. He stated that he was willing to take a paternity test to determine whether he was the biological father. Lester said that he tried to take the paternity test but was rejected by Michael Jackson's lawyer, saying that Michael always insisted he was the father and he believes him. Later, Lester indicated that he had moved on.
Jackson has a rare eye condition resulting in her having extremely blue eyes, and has been linked to Waardenburg syndrome which can also affect her pigmentation. However, the condition does not affect her eyesight.
In March 2019, TMZ posted an article stating Jackson had attempted suicide by cutting her wrists earlier in the month and was placed on a psychiatric hold. The story was picked up by a number of other media outlets. Jackson denied the suicide attempt, writing to TMZ on Twitter "fuck you you fucking liars" and "lies lies lies omg and more lies."
As of March 2019, Jackson is dating her fellow The Soundflowers bandmate Gabriel Glenn.
|2019||The Space Between||Cory|||
|2003||Living with Michael Jackson||Herself||TV special documentary|
|Michael Jackson's Private Home Movies||Herself||TV special documentary|
|2009||Michael Jackson Memorial Service||Herself||A live telecast of the public memorial service for her father, Michael Jackson|
|2010||The 52nd Annual Grammy Awards||Herself||TV special|
|The Oprah Winfrey Show||Herself|
|2011||The X Factor||Herself||Live Performance Show #6|
|The Ellen DeGeneres Show||Herself||Episode dated December 15, 2011|
|2012||Oprah's Next Chapter||Herself||Episode dated June 11, 2012|
|2017||59th Annual Grammy Awards||Herself||TV special|
|Star||Rachel Wallace||Guest star (season 1); recurring (season 2)|
|28th GLAAD Media Awards||Herself||TV special|
|The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon||Herself|
|2017 MTV Video Music Awards||Herself||TV special|
|2016||"She's Tight"||Steel Panther||Herself|
|2017||"I Dare You"||The xx||Teenager|
|"Dragonfly"||Nahko and Medicine for the People||Herself|
|2018||"Rescue Me"||Thirty Seconds to Mars||Herself|
Awards and nominations
|2017||Daily Front Row||Emerging Talent Award||Won|
|Teen Choice Awards||Choice Model||Nominated|
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Culkin was a close friend of Michael Jackson when the actor was just a young child star. Jackson named Culkin godfather of his daughter, Paris
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