Paris Jackson Talks About Being Her Dad’s Favorite Child and His Bittersweet Legacy

"All anyone wants to talk about is my father and it makes me sad."

Paris Jackson’s popularity is growing by the minute, and she’s having the time of her life coming into her own.

The budding actress is Harper Bazaar’s cover girl for their 150th Anniversary issue this month. In an in-depth article with the glossy mag, Paris describes what it was like being raised by pop music royalty. “I wasn’t around a lot of other girls. When I was a kid, I was with my dad and my two brothers [Prince Jackson, 20, and Blanket Jackson, 15],” Paris says.“Growing up, I was treated as the favorite because I was the only girl. I was the princess; I was perfect in my dad’s eyes.”

Fiercely protected by her dad, Paris says she struggled with loneliness and isolation. “The first 12 years of my life I was homeschooled,” she explains, “Which means that the only interactions I’d ever had were with family members or other adults.” Paris says though she was encouraged to speak to her elders as if they were her peers, this caused her to mature far beyond her years.

Once her father passed, life became extremely difficult not only because of the overwhelming grief, but also because of the adjustment to finally facing the real world. “[When I was 12 years old], I didn’t have social skills. I had to force myself to learn so fast,” the 18-year-old proclaimed. “For the past six years, I’ve been learning how to communicate. And I think I’ve gotten pretty good at it.”

The “real world” turned out to be very jarring to the young star. “Once I got introduced into the real world, I was shocked. It blew me away,” she says. “Not just because it was sexist, but misogynist and racist and cruel. It was scary as hell. And it still is really scary.” As Paris figures out her path in life, she says she will always honor her late dad, but also wants to forge her own identity. “All anyone wants to talk about is my father and it makes me sad.”

While Ms. Jackson continues to beef up her resume, she vows to continue using her platform for good. “I know there are a lot of people who would feel very blessed to be in my position, so I want to use it for important things.”

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