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Paris Jackson
Paris-Michael Katherine Jackson

(1998-04-03) April 3, 1998 (age 20)
  • Actress
  • model[1]
Years active2009–present
Modeling information
AgencyIMG Models (New York, Paris, Milan, London, Sydney)[2][3]

Paris-Michael Katherine Jackson (April 3, 1998) is an American model, media personality, socialite,[4][5] and aspiring actress.[6][1][7][8] She is the second child and only daughter of Michael Jackson and Debbie Rowe.

Life and career[edit]

1998–2009: Early life[edit]

Paris, Prince, and Prince II Jackson, as children (in 2006, shown in the foreground from left to right)

Jackson was born on April 3, 1998, at Spaulding Pain Medical Clinic in Beverly Hills, California,[9][10] and was named after the French capital city in which she was conceived.[11] 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.[12] She grew up at Neverland Ranch with her siblings. Her father made Elizabeth Taylor[13] and Macaulay Culkin[14] 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.[15] She has said that she considers herself black and that she was immersed in African-American culture by her father.[16]

2010–2018: Career beginnings[edit]

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.[17] She and her brother Prince became enrolled at the Buckley School, an exclusive private school in Sherman Oaks, California.[18] There, she participated in flag football,[19] softball[20] and cheerleading.[21]

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.[22]

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.[23] Since the shut down of the online campaign, no further updates have been reported concerning this project.

In January 2017, Jackson appeared on the cover of Rolling Stone.[24]

In March 2017, Jackson signed a modeling contract with IMG Models.[25] Also in March, Jackson made her acting debut with a guest starring role on FOX's Star.

Jackson made her feature film debut in Gringo in 2018.[26]

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.[27]

Personal life[edit]

She has also said she has experienced cyberbullying and has been the target of cruel online comments.[28]

By the age of 15, she had been an intravenous drug addict and had attempted suicide several times.[11] 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.[29]

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."[30][31]

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.[32][33][34] 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.[35] Later, Lester indicated that he had moved on.[36]

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.[37] However, the condition does not affect her eyesight.[37]

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.[38] Jackson denied the suicide attempt, writing to TMZ on Twitter "fuck you you fucking liars" and "lies lies lies omg and more lies."[39]

As of March 2019, Jackson is dating her fellow The Soundflowers bandmate Gabriel Glenn.[40]



Year Title Role Notes
2018 Gringo Nelly [26]
2019 The Space Between Cory [41]


Year Title Role Notes
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

Music videos[edit]

Year Title Artist Role
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[edit]

Year Type Award Result
2017 Daily Front Row Emerging Talent Award[42] Won
Teen Choice Awards Choice Model Nominated


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