How Paris Jackson Keeps Memory of Her Father Michael Alive

Paris Jackson has opened up on how she keeps her legendary father Michael Jackson's memory alive.

The King of Pop died, aged 50, of acute propofol and benzodiazepine intoxication on June 25, 2009. His daughter was 11 years old at the time.

Jackson sat down with Willow Smith for an episode of the Red Table Talk podcast where she was asked by one of the show's viewers how she keeps the memories she has of her father alive.

The 23-year-old model explained that she does this largely through utilizing the lessons she learned from the "Thriller" hitmaker.

"I take the positive things I learned from him, the good morals that I learned and try and use them everyday," she said. "Humility, compassion, tolerance, just being kind to other people, even if it's someone that did you wrong, to pray for them and be kind to them, be kind to yourself."

"That's the very standard way that I keep that memory alive and do what I can to make him proud."

Paris Jackson has previously spoken about how her father raised her with a solid moral grounding. In an interview with the Evening Standard, Jackson said the singer-songwriter was adamant his children appreciate the value of the things they had.

Growing up at the height of her father's fame meant she was constantly in the spotlight.

Jackson told Smith how constantly being under the microscope of the paparazzi from a young age resulted in her experiencing auditory hallucinations and severe paranoia.

She went on to reveal that she is now in therapy, adding that her experience is "standard PTSD."

As a result of her lack of privacy growing up, Jackson said she asks people who come into her house to sign non-disclosure agreements.

Jackson was born to mother Debbie Rowe, who was married to the "Billie Jean" singer for three years. Rowe is also the mother of her brother Prince Michael, 24.

Paris Jackson told how she began to get to know her mother at the age of 15, four years after her father passed away.

She described her relationship with Rowe as "chill," adding that she they share a string of similarities, including her physical appearance.

Jackson and her older brother Prince Michael also share a younger brother Prince Michael II, who is now 19 years old.

While both brothers are generally less in the spotlight than their model sister, Prince Michael recently gave a rare insight into his childhood.

In an interview with Fox Soul in March, Prince shared one lesson he learned from his father: that you never stop learning.

Prince added that he was mostly unaware of his father's fame until he saw fans fainting at a concert.

Michael Jackson's legacy has widely been subject to public scrutiny in the years since his death.

In 2019, the Leaving Neverland documentary was released and saw Wade Robson and James Safechuck claim they had been sexually abused by the pop superstar.

Robson alleged that Jackson abused him from the age of seven and tried to rape him when he was 14. Safechuck claimed Jackson sexually abused him from the age of 10 until around 14.

Refuting the allegations, the singer's nephew Taj Jackson previously told BBC Radio 1 Newsbeat, that his uncle would be "crying" over the allegations, adding that people have betrayed him in the past.

He went on to say that he believed the case was all about money because Robson and Safechuck had sued the Jackson estate for millions of dollars.

In the years before Jackson's death he faced allegations of child molestation. In June 2005, Jackson was acquitted of all charges following an 18-month trial.

Paris Jackson was 11 when Michael died
Paris Jackson attends the 2020 Vanity Fair Oscar Party hosted by Radhika Jones at Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts on February 9, 2020 in Beverly Hills, California. The model, who lost her father at the age of 11, has opened up on how using Michael Jackson's morals helps to keep his memories alive. Karwai Tang/Getty Images/@parisjackson Instagram

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