Paris Jackson was just 11 years old when her dad Michael Jackson tragically passed away. The young Paris, along with her brothers Prince and Michael were suddenly faced with a life of uncertainty. The trio were ferried between Michael’s family members and even spent a short time with their biological mum Debbie Rowe (believed to be the mum of Paris and Michael).
Michael’s death certainly seems to have affected Paris the most as she was the eldest at the time and perhaps had the most memories of him. Her struggles since his death have been well documented with the paparazzi constantly photographing her every move.
Three years ago Paris entered a particularly dark phase of her life. She withdrew from family and friends and starting cutting herself. The teenager seemed to be struggling with the loss of her father and even ended up being hospitalised after a suspected suicide attempt.
These days Paris seems to have a more positive outlook on life and looks to be happier with herself. She is also sporting a lot of tattoos which have seen her receive harsh criticism from those around her. Some are saying she’s much too young for tattoos.
Paris defends her decision saying the ink covers up her self-harm marks. Paris has taken to Instagram to explain why the new skin art is important to her. She writes: “the craftsmanship of tattoos will always be a controversy. some people like them, some people absolutely hate them. I appreciate art, I always have. especially when that art means something to me.
“today I can look at my inner forearms and see art that has meaning for me, I don’t see a dark past anymore. my scars… of self-hatred have been covered by loving marks, creativity, ingenuity… and depth.”
Paris sees herself changing and the tattoos reflect that. She says they are “a way of changing for the better, always improving. They represent strength for me.”
“I look back at my old self and then I look in the mirror, and I see a fighter looking back at me. i’ll always keep fighting, and encouraging others to stay strong. we all go through hell every now and then but it makes us the warriors of love we were meant to be. so to anyone struggling, it gets better.”
Her post poignantly ends with her father’s words “you’re not alone”.
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