Paris Jackson Describes Growing Up With Michael

And says she believes he was murdered
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 24, 2017 10:38 AM CST
Paris Jackson Says Michael Was Murdered
Paris Jackson arrives at the InStyle and Warner Bros. Golden Globes afterparty at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on Sunday, Jan. 8, 2017, in Beverly Hills, Calif.   (Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision/AP)

Paris Jackson, now 18, gives an extensive and candid cover interview to Rolling Stone in which she describes what it was like to grow up with Michael Jackson as her father—and what she thinks really happened to him. "It's obvious" that he was murdered, she says. "Absolutely." She says her father would talk about people wanting to kill him, though she won't specifically say who would have wanted him dead: "A lot of people." She admits that the whole thing sounds like "a total conspiracy theory," but "all real fans and everybody in the family knows it." And someday, justice might be done. "It's a chess game," she says. "And I am trying to play the chess game the right way. And that's all I can say about that right now." Jackson was 11 when her father died.

In less-dark moments, Jackson recounts an idyllic childhood, during which she and her siblings attended school at Neverland Ranch and, if they got all their work done and behaved, were able to visit the property's amusement park, movie theater, or zoo on the weekends. When she was 7, after her father's child molestation trial ended in an acquittal, the family left Neverland and traveled the world. When Michael Jackson died, they were preparing to set down roots in London for a year for his O2 Arena performances. Jackson recounts her struggles after his death, including drug addiction, multiple suicide attempts, and a relationship forged with her mother, Debbie Rowe. She also says she's absolutely certain Michael Jackson is her biological father: "He's my dad, why would he lie to me?" The full interview, which also includes tidbits from brother Prince, is worth a read. (Or check out pictures from Paris' modeling debut.)

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