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Paris Jackson Opens Up On Mental Health Struggles

Paris Jackson

Paris Jackson recently sat down for a bombshell interview in which the teenager revealed her history with drug abuse and mental health issues, and the supportive care that saved her life.

In the feature article from Rolling Stone, the 18-year-old daughter of the late singer Michael Jackson said she was “actually crazy” while dealing with a myriad of issues including depression and the death of her father. She said her problems began after entering a private school in the seventh grade, where she acted out due to feeling like she didn’t fit in.

“I was doing a lot of things that 13, 14, 15-year-olds shouldn’t do,” said Jackson. She admitted hanging out with “a lot of older people doing a lot of crazy things,” and said she “tried to grow up too fast and I really wasn’t that nice of a person.”

Jackson also shockingly revealed that she was sexually assaulted by “a complete stranger” at age 14, which she hid from friends and loved ones. She made headlines for a suicide attempt at age 15, but said it was just one of many bids to end her life. Jackson also admitted she had been cutting herself at the time.

“It was just self-hatred, low self-esteem, thinking that I couldn’t do anything right, not thinking that I was worthy of living anymore,” she said. “I was going through a lot of teen angst. And I was also dealing with my depression and my anxiety, without any help.”

Jackson was eventually placed a therapeutic boarding school in Utah, which she credits with changing her life. She has stayed sober since leaving there and is also off all psych medication. In a bid to erase her past, Jackson also said some of her many tattoos cover up track marks from her former drug use.

The teenager has also developed a passion for modeling and made her Paris Fashion Week debut this month. She hopes that having a creative outlet will serve her well in dealing with her mental health battle.

Plenty of people think I’m ugly, and plenty of people don’t,” said Jackson. “But there’s a moment when I’m modeling where I forget about my self-esteem issues and focus on what the photographer’s telling me — and I feel pretty. And in that sense, it’s selfish.”