Paris Jackson Addresses Bullies, Suicide Attempt in Emotional Videos
Paris Jackson, daughter of the late Michael Jackson, warned her followers against the dangers of bullying in a series of impassioned Instagram videos yesterday (September 14). In them, she spoke candidly about the abuse she receives online and how it pushed her to attempt suicide when she was 15 years old.
"I don't understand how there can be so much hatred in the world right now," Jackson began, in the now-deleted video. "I’ve tried sticking up for myself. I've tried the whole blocking the haters thing, not reading the comments. I've tried a lot of things. Ignoring it. But it's hard…when there’s so much of it. And I don’t get why I’m such an easy target.”
Jackson continued, explaining that the relentless online bullying drove her to attempt suicide in 2013.
"When I was 14 I got so much hatred that I tried to kill myself," she said [note: Jackson was actually 15 when she attempted suicide]. "And I took, like, a two-year break from social media and then people asked me to come back, to make my Instagram public again, so I did. And nothing changed!"
"I’m sorry if there’s something I’m doing that you guys don’t like, maybe I’m too public. I don’t know," she continued. "I'm just tired of it. I'm just really, really tired. And, I mean, I know I'm not the only one.”
"Justin Bieber went into a downward spiral because everybody that he dates gets so much hate," Jackson said. "I have known his girlfriend, Sofia, since I was like 12 or 13. She's one of the sweetest girls in the world and people are telling her to kill herself. I mean, we're human beings, man. We got hearts and brains and feelings, and when you say damaging things like that to people, it f---ks 'em up…and I don’t know if that’s what people want, but it’s exhausting.”
Jackson later deleted the videos, but posted a photo shortly after of herself along with the caption, "looks like i'm the villain now. didn't know defending myself was a crime. my dearest apologies. guess my careers over lolol."
Watch Paris Jackson's emotional videos about online bullying -- which were saved and uploaded to YouTube by a fan -- above.
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