2009 witnessed a historic moment when singing sensation Michael Jackson lost his life due to heart failure. Seven years later, his daughter Paris Jackson opens up about his death in an exclusive interview with Rolling Stone.
“They always say, ‘Time heals,'” she says. “But it really doesn’t. 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.”
The 18-year-old has inked herself with memories of her father; nine of her 50+ tattoos are devoted to Michael Jackson. “He’s brought me nothing but joy. So why not have constant reminders of joy?”
Paris was 11 when she and her older brother Prince Michael Jackson lost their father. “I just thought his name was Dad, Daddy,” she says. “We didn’t really know who he was. But he was our world. And we were his world.”
Jackson’s life was a tumultuous one, he was indicted for conspiracy to commit child abduction, false imprisonment, extortion, child molestation, among other things. Added to that, his personal life was always under scrutiny.
“My dad would cry to me at night,” she adds.
“Picture your parent crying to you about the world hating him for something he didn’t do. And for me, he was the only thing that mattered. To see my entire world in pain, I started to hate the world because of what they were doing to him. I’m like, ‘How can people be so mean?'”
Speaking on her father’s death she said, “He would drop hints about people being out to get him. And at some point he was like, ‘They’re gonna kill me one day.'”
Michael Jackson’s death was speculated to be murder and his doctor Dr. Conrad Murray was a suspect in the investigation. He was charged with manslaughter and sentenced to jail for two years of a four-year ruling, with reports stating that “Murray’s negligence led to Jackson’s death from an overdose of the surgical anesthetic propofol.”
Paris firmly believes that there’s a conspiracy theory at hand.
“Absolutely,” she says of her father’s death being murder. “Because it’s obvious. 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.”
When asked who would’ve wanted the singer dead she replies, “A lot of people.” And she’s looking for revenge, or at least justice. “Of course. I definitely do, but it’s a chess game. And I am trying to play the chess game the right way. And that’s all I can say about that right now.”