The Jackson family — with its multiple competing factions, each with their own legal team — is at last united. They all wish only for the recovery of Paris Jackson, 15, who is both beautiful and clever, and is currently at West Hills hospital in Los Angeles, recovering from a suicide attempt after reportedly taking an overdose and cutting herself with a cleaver.Her grandmother’s lawyer says so, lawyers for the Jackson estate say so, the lawyer acting for her mother Debbie Rowe says so, and even the lawyer who acted for her late father says so.Paris has clearly been tormented for months — pictures over the past eight weeks show her almost invariably wearing thick wristbands, which you might take for a style statement, except that when she isn’t wearing them there is a tracery of many dozens of cutting scars visible on her wrists. Her anguish has been only barely disguised. The cause of the crisis? Some reports said that as well as being in the middle of school exams, she was upset this week after being banned by her family from going to a concert by goth rocker Marilyn Manson, who appeals to troubled teenagers with songs such as Misery Machine and Leave A Scar.One cause may be the battle royal that is raging over who is to take on the role of her mother. Paris — who at Michael Jackson’s express behest never had a mother figure — has been reaching out to the woman who gave her up as a baby, Debbie Rowe.She has mused publicly about their emotional and even their physical similarities. Although Paris is as thin as a whip and Debbie is overweight, they have the same tip-tilted nose and pixie-chin, and the same slightly slanting blue-green eyes.
Paris may yet carry out her threats and decide to seek legal emancipation from her guardians
Paris - who at Michael Jackson¿s express behest never had a mother figure - has been reaching out to the woman who gave her up as a baby, Debbie Rowe
As Paris wrote with pride on her website this spring: ‘So glad I bonded with my mother. It’s like we have this really strong relationship and did I mention, I kind of look like her. It was so amazing to see my mother after all these years. Love her.’The renewed contact, though, has left her at loggerheads with her grandmother Katherine Jackson, 83. It’s no secret among the Jacksons that Michael’s mother mistrusts Debbie Rowe.Sources on one of the legal teams told me Katherine expects to face a renewed custody battle with Rowe over Paris this year. At stake is a slice of the £50,000 a month which Katherine is paid by the Michael Jackson estate to look after his three children. If Debbie gets custody of Paris, she will be able to lay claim to a portion of the loot.Alternatively, Paris may yet carry out her threats and decide to seek legal emancipation from her guardians, Katherine, and Paris’s cousin TJ, son of Tito Jackson. What concerns the Jackson clan most is that Rowe, 54, is not everyone’s idea of a perfect mother. She is a former dermatological nurse who agreed to carry children for Michael Jackson, whom she met at the surgery of Dr Arnold Klein.
It¿s no secret among the Jacksons that Michael's mother mistrusts Debbie Rowe
She and Jackson wed in 1996 when she was pregnant with their son Prince. It was never a cosy family unit — only ever an arrangement. And she gave up her parental rights in a £6.1 million deal with him after their divorce in 1999. But sporadic contact has been kept since 2009. At Paris’s request it began again properly this year.Debbie Rowe and Paris went for sushi on Paris’s birthday, and last month the teenager spent a weekend on Rowe’s California ranch, where she loved hanging out with the horses and dogs. The pictures she posted on her Twitter account show her in high spirits, and full of joy. But the visit meant she was absent from Katherine Jackson’s birthday party.Paris’s brother Prince, who is 16, was reportedly unimpressed by this — and hasn’t wanted anything to do with Debbie Rowe. Thus there is a rift between brother and sister.However, on her website she takes issue with people who caution her against Rowe. ‘I know that she wouldn’t use me cuz I’m her daughter,’ she says with a flash of teenage stubbornness.
It seems that the trouble with Paris is that such a truly peculiar upbringing has forced her to lead life as an adult before she has reached emotional maturity
Indeed, she is so keen to get to know Rowe that she has wanted to leave home — even just for a month over the summer — to experience the more liberal atmosphere at Rowe’s ranch in Palmdale.When she is there, she can escape Katherine’s Jehovah’s Witness faith, and her nagging about Paris’s hair, friends, make-up and music.She can also get away from the bodyguards employed by the family because, even though she has emerged from the scarf-wearing seclusion of the Michael Jackson years, she is still very much in a protective bubble.When she goes to school at Buckley, where the fees are £21,000 a year, she is accompanied by bodyguards. At home there are security men, a chef, maids and maintenance staff. Nobody from the outside comes in.Even visits to the hair salon are a military-style operation — minders sweep up her hair trimmings because they don’t want anyone getting their hands on her DNA and investigating lingering questions over her paternity, or selling the hair on eBay.
Reports in the U.S. suggest that she has been 'depressed' and prone to screaming tantrums in recent weeks
That must be stifling — and Paris is notably free-spirited. In recent weeks she has experimented with a bold orange hair colour — to the despair of Katherine Jackson, who also didn’t like the pink streaks she had before.Then there is Paris’s reported devotion to ‘emo’ and ‘Goth’ culture, movements which are all about expressing inner anguish.Vincent van Gogh’s Starry Night — painted while he was in an asylum — is the backdrop to her Twitter page and she recently used Twitter to say ‘Hey evil world’ and ‘Here’s to teenage romances and never knowing why they hurt like hell’.
Paris seems concerned by her father¿s legacy ¿ and wants him to be remembered as a consummate entertainer, not a drug-addicted oddball
Close observers also noticed that Paris was photographed wearing a T-shirt bearing the face of Kurt Cobain, the celebrated Nirvana rock star who shot himself dead in 1994.Speaking to people who have known her for years, it seems that the trouble with Paris is that such a truly peculiar upbringing has forced her to lead life as an adult before she has reached emotional maturity. Combine this with the tragedy of her father’s death, and the family conflict over his millions, and you have a recipe for enormous pressure.
Reports in the U.S. suggest that she has been ‘depressed’ and prone to screaming tantrums in recent weeks.A source in the Jackson household told Entertainment Tonight this week that Paris ‘calls all the shots’ at home and is used to getting her way and doing things as she sees fit — part of the reason her aunt, the singer Janet Jackson, attempted to take her mobile phone during a highly-publicised altercation outside the Jackson family compound last year.Interior designer Kenneth Bordewick, who was a regular visitor to the Jackson home before Michael died of a drug overdose in 2009, tells me: ‘Paris has always ruled the roost. She was in charge of the whole house before Michael died. The kids were completely spoiled by the staff, and Paris told everyone what to do, including her father. They would have big arguments; there was always a lot of drama with Paris.’ She was only 11 when Jackson died, and to this day, it’s said she assumes a maternal role, particularly where her younger brother Prince Michael, 11, is concerned.Although his children emerged into a kind of normality after his death, they had to deal with the burden of sudden fame alongside their grief.Paris seems concerned by her father’s legacy — and wants him to be remembered as a consummate entertainer, not a drug-addicted oddball. In a newspaper interview last month she talked about wanting to get his old Neverland estate going as a kind of theme park — to help underprivileged children. She doesn’t see — as he didn’t — that the idea of an accused paedophile helping children could be viewed as grotesque. As a teenage user of social media, she has been bombarded with distasteful messages about his proclivities.She is also said to be terrified by the prospect of testifying at the ongoing ‘wrongful death’ lawsuit the Jacksons are bringing against concert promoters AEG. Michael was signed to perform a series of gigs which the family argues he was in no fit state to perform. She can expect to be asked about her father’s health and state of mind before he died, and the events of the day he died.Now AEG has a further bombshell — it claims to have ‘irrefutable’ proof that Michael is not the biological father of Prince or Paris, which they wish to bring to court.Jackson family lawyers argue that the issue is irrelevant, and AEG is just seeking to embarrass the family. But it would be a heavy blow for troubled Paris to discover, in public, that her beloved father — whom she movingly proclaimed at his funeral as the ‘best Daddy in the world’ — was actually not her father after all.
It would be a heavy blow for troubled Paris to discover, in public, that her beloved father was actually not her father after all
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