Paris Jackson says it has been years since she has been under a high level of media scrutiny due to growing up under her father, Michael Jackson. But that doesn’t mean her mental health doesn’t still suffer…
Jackson, who recalls how she and her siblings wore masks while in public with their father, believes she still suffers from “standard PTSD” because of the attention.
From the moment Paris and her siblings were born, the media watched their every move.
The constant noise of cameras and reporters overwhelming Michael with questions took a toll on Paris, who recently opened up about her trauma on “Red Table Talk” with Willow Smith.
“I experience auditory hallucinations sometimes with camera clicks and severe paranoia and have been going to therapy for a lot of things but that included,” Paris revealed to Willow in the new episode.
And when it comes to her day-to-day life, the triggers can be a small as a rustling noise. Paris said, “I’ll hear a trash bag rustling and flinch in panic.”
She continued on, revealing how she has people sign non-disclosure agreements prior to coming into her house in an attempt to salvage her privacy.
Paris and Willow connected over their shared experiences as the children of stars, along with their interest in music, fashion, modeling, and well as their mental health and sexuality.
Paris later revealed how she found the most support as a member of the LGBTQ+ community with her brothers. She even revealed that Prince joined a club in high school that brings together LGTBQ+ youth and allies. “Not a lot of people can say they have siblings that support them like that,” she said.
Despite Jackson dying in 2009 when Paris was just 11-years-old, Paris revealed in another interview how she had good memories of her father. In another recent interview with Naomi Campbell, the 22-year-old singer spoke on the lessons he taught her growing up.
“My dad was really good about making sure we were cultured, making sure we were educated, and not just showing us like the glitz and glam, like hotel hopping, five-star places. It was also like, we saw everything. We saw Third World countries. We saw every part of the spectrum,” Paris told Naomi.
With a background in the creative and educational fields, Amelia Finefrock is freelance writer, singer-songwriter and nanny based in Chicago.
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