Since Michael Jackson‘s death, his daughter has been thrust into the spotlight, which has raised a lot of questions about the 18-year-old’s paternity. So, is Paris Jackson blood-related to the King of Pop?
While many have other opinions on who her biological dad is, the answer is yes, Michael is Paris’ real father. The deceased singer welcomed his only daughter with second wife, Debbie Rowe, in April 1998. The pair were married from 1996 until 1999, and also welcomed a son named Prince, now 20, in February 1997. The “Man In the Mirror” hitmaker was also dad to a 15-year-old son named Blanket.
Paris recently opened up about her father’s passing, revealing that she’s “absolutely” convinced Michael was murdered.
“[My dad] would drop hints about people being out to get him. And at some point he was like, ‘They’re gonna kill me one day,'” she told Rolling Stone. “It sounds like a total conspiracy theory and it sounds like bulls–t, but all real fans and everybody in the family knows it. It was a setup. It was bulls–t.” Michael died in June 2009 from cardiac arrest after being found unconscious in his bed from a prescription drug overdose.
The teen is still hoping justice will one day be served. “It’s a chess game,” she added. “And I am trying to play the chess game the right way. And that’s all I can say about that right now.”
Paris with aunt Janet Jackson during Michael’s funeral in 2009.
As a coping mechanism, Paris has gotten tattoos to pay tribute to her late father.
“They always say, ‘Time heals,’ but it really doesn’t,” she shared. “You just get used to it. I live life with the mentality of, ‘Ok, I lost the only thing that has ever been important to me.’ So going forward, anything bad that happens can’t be nearly as bad as what happened before. So I can handle it.”