Paris Jackson opened up about her coming out experience while on the Red Couch with “Red Table Talk” co-host and good friend Willow Smith.
The 23-year-old daughter of the late Michael Jackson has revealed that she started living as herself at 14, but it was difficult to talk to her family.
After Michael died in 2009 at the age of 50, Paris’ grandmother, Katherine Jackson, became the guardian of her and her two brothers, Prince and Blanket (now known as Bigi) .
Katherine is a devout Jehovah’s Witness and Paris has said the family describes the holiday reunions as “family reunions” within the framework of religion.
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“My family is very religious and homosexuality is just very taboo and they don’t like to talk about it,” Paris explained. “It’s not really accepted. “
The musician added, “I’ve come to a point where I respect them and have love for them… I respect their beliefs. I respect their religion. “
Paris admitted that she felt “alone” and “excluded” at first because she had dated men and women, but luckily her brothers and her longtime friend, Omer Bhatti, were of one. great support.
In fact, Paris said Prince joined a GSA (Gay-Straight Alliance) club in high school because he wanted to support and understand his sister better.
Earlier in the candid conversation, Paris opened up about building a relationship with her birth mother, Debbie Rowe, after entering Paris life at the age of 15.
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“It’s cool getting to know her… how alike we are, what kind of music she loves,” Paris said.
Rowe and the King of Pop were married from 1996 to 1999. In addition to sharing Paris, Rowe is also Prince’s biological mother.
When they divorced, Rowe ceded full custody rights to Jackson.
Paris also spoke about the mental trauma she suffered from the paparazzi harassing her. “I sometimes experience auditory hallucinations with camera clicks and severe paranoia and went to therapy for a lot of things, but that included,” she said. “I will hear a trash bag rustle and shake in panic.” ”
“I think it’s standard PTSD,” she explained.
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