“I was the princess; I was perfect in my dad’s eyes.”
Paris Jackson understands her famous father will be a talking point in any interview for the rest of her life.
“All anyone wants to talk about is my father,” she says in the April issue of Harper’s Bazaar, “and it makes me sad.” Unfortunately, the 18-year-old hasn’t publicly achieved much yet to give reporters a reason to stop with the Michael questions, so they persist. “Plenty of times I’ve thought about not doing anything in the public eye and having my own private life. Then I started seeing how everything in the world is going. And I feel like each year it’s getting worse,” Paris says. “I know there are a lot of people who would feel very blessed to be in my position, so I want to use it for important things. I have a couple of ideas. I have a lot of ideas, but I’m still trying to figure out the right way to do it. I mean, I’m 18. I can’t have it all together, but I do have a plan.”
As of now, that plan does not include releasing music.
Paris also touches on the headline we sensationalized. “I wasn’t around a lot of other girls. When I was a kid, I was with my dad and my two brothers [Prince Jackson, 20, and Blanket Jackson, 15],” Paris says. “Growing up, I was treated as the favorite because I was the only girl. I was the princess; I was perfect in my dad’s eyes.”
As well as staying true to yourself. “There are some days when I still don’t want to deal with any of it. There are some days where I’m like, ‘Nope, I’m not going to go online.’ There are days when I’m too sensitive,” she says. At the end of the day, Paris says, “Who gives a f–k? You’re on their mind—how is that a bad thing? Doesn’t matter if they’re saying good or bad things about you. They’re thinking about you enough to write about you. You just can’t care. I used to [care]. Then it gets to a point where, you know what, it’s going to happen. Not everybody is going to be happy with what you do. If you’re not happy with what you’re doing, that’s a problem. If you’re happy, who gives a f–k?”