In an exclusive interview with Rolling Stone, 18-year-old Paris Jackson opened up about her childhood, father Michael and sexual assault.
"We actually had a pretty normal life," Paris told Brian Hiatt, reflecting on life as the kids of Michael Jackson. "We had school every single day, and we had to be good. And if we were good, every other weekend or so, we could choose whether we were gonna go to the movie theater or see the animals or whatever. But if you were on bad behavior, then you wouldn't get to go do all those things."
She continued, discussing home education: "When you're at home, your dad, who you love more than anything, will occasionally come in, in the middle of class, and it's like, 'Cool, no more class for the day. We're gonna go hang out with Dad.' We were like, 'We don't need friends. We've got you and Disney Channel!'"
Michael, according to Paris, always valued an open, accepting style of parenting: "My dad raised me in a very open-minded house. I was eight years old, in love with this female on the cover of a magazine. Instead of yelling at me, like most homophobic parents, he was making fun of me, like, 'Oh, you got yourself a girlfriend.'"
After Michael's death in 2009, Paris went through some troubled years. She talks in the interview about multiple suicide attempts, drug addictions and rehab stints, addmitting she was also sexually assaulted by a "complete stranger" at 14: "I don't wanna give too many details," she says. "But it was not a good experience at all, and it was really hard for me, and, at the time, I didn't tell anybody."
Paris' life has long been plagued by debates about whether or not Michael is her biological father, though she assures Rolling Stone he is: "He is my father. He will always be my father. He never wasn't, and he never will not be. People that knew him really well say they see him in me, that it's almost scary."
She even discusses Michael's propofol overdose, openly calling it an "obvious" murder: "All arrows point to that. It sounds like a total conspiracy theory and it sounds like bullshit, but all real fans and everybody in the family knows it. It was a setup. It was bullshit."
Read the full Rolling Stone interview, here.