“I don’t understand how there can be so much hatred in the world.”
It may be a while since you’ve heard any news about Michael Jackson or his three children, but as they grow older, they are putting up with the stress that most celebrities experience every day.
Michael’s middle child and only daughter, Paris-Michael Katherine Jackson, turned 18 last April, and her stunning look and funky personality only seem to grow stronger each year. Though she looks like the type of young woman that would never let life’s negativity get her down, she recently posted a tearful online video discussing cyberbullying, suicide attempts, and her utmost bewilderment at how total strangers can be so cruel.
Here’s what she had to say to all her haters.
Meet the Woman in the Mirror
In their younger years, Michael Jackson’s children were raised in the utmost secrecy, including having their heads and faces covered when they went out in public. Even when he infamously dangled his youngest son, Blanket, over his Berlin hotel balcony in 2002, Michael was sure to cover the nine-month-old’s head first.
Little by little, however, the three children came more into the limelight. Perhaps the first time we truly saw them as they are was at Michael’s funeral service, where Paris—then eleven—stepped up to the mic to tell the enormous crowd that he was the best father a kid could have asked for.
All Grown Up
Since then, Paris has grown into a beautiful young woman with an equally stunning personality. But we learned this week not to let her bright smile fool us, because she is putting up with the worst aspects of fame.
According to the US Department of Health and Human Services, more than half of American high school students report that they have been a victim of cyberbullying at some point in time, and celebrities are no different.
Paris posted a two-and-a-half-minute Instagram story this week expressing her debilitating struggle with online haters, most of whom verbally harass her and others on social media.
“I don’t understand how there can be so much hatred in the world right now,” she begins. “I’ve tried sticking up for myself, I’ve tried the whole blocking the haters thing, not reading the comments, I’ve tried a lot of things… ignoring it. But it’s hard, it is when there’s so much of it.”