Paris Jackson Says She Doesn’t Want To Be Known As Michael Jackson’s Daughter
Fourteen-year-old Paris Jackson is talking to Glamour magazine about breaking into the movie industry with the upcoming film Lundon’s Bridge and the Three Kings, and she gets surprisingly candid about what it’s like to be the daughter of the late King of Pop and the family drama surrounding her decision to get into the business.
“I love my dad, and I’m proud to be his daughter. I just don’t think the title ‘M.J.’s daughter’ fits me,” she says bluntly. “A lot of people think he’s the only reason I’m making it, but I want to show that I do have talent and that I can make it if I try. I want to be my own person.”
But she admits that her foray into the entertainment industry hasn’t been met with support from all of the members of her famous family.
“A lot of people don’t want me to do it,” she says. ” … but Aunt La Toya believes in me. She heard me play a little guitar and sing, and she started clapping, ‘Oh my God, oh my God.’ She really does encourage me; it’s just awesome of her.”
And despite decidedly older tastes in music (“Phil Collins is the ish”), she also admits to dealing with a typical high school experience — mean girl-style cliques.
“The clique in my class, they don’t like me or my friend because we’re outside of the box. We’re not copycats. Prince calls me goth, but I’m more rock ‘n’ roll,” she says. “A ton of kids at school have made fun of me; if I had to give advice to other girls, I would say, ‘Hang loose and ignore them. They shouldn’t faze you no matter how popular they think they are.’”
Paris Jackson’s complete Glamour interview hits newsstands September 11.