In a recent episode of “Red Table Talk”, Paris Jackson appeared as the guest and shared her story of coming out to her religious family with the co-host Willow Smith. The singer and model Paris told how difficult it was for her to reveal her homosexuality to her family.
Michael Jackson’s daughter Paris revealed on the show that she has been living as a homosexual since she was 14, but never had the courage to come out to her family. Paris told, “My family is very religious and homosexuality is just very taboo and they don’t like to talk about it. It’s not really accepted.” She added, “I’ve gotten to a point where I respect them and I have love for them… I respect their beliefs. I respect their religion.” But there also has been as time for Paris when she felt “alone” and “excluded”.
After Michael Jackson’s demise, 24 year old Paris was brought up by her grandmother Katherine, who is a devout Jehovah’s Witness.
Although Paris couldn’t easily come out to her family, she got support from her long-time family friend Omar Bhatti. She also mentioned that her brother Prince joined a GSA (Gay-Straight Alliance) club in high school as he wanted to support his sister and understand her better.
Other than that, in the earlier segment of the show, Paris talked about the time she attempted to take her own life and what brought her out of that phase. Paris said, “A lot of people do feel regret when they try and attempt suicide. There have been times where I did and times where I didn’t, where I was upset that it didn’t work. But I can say, several years later, that I’m really grateful that it didn’t. Things have gotten better.”
“It was really hard, and people would tell me to kill myself everyday. And I was depressed,” told Jackson.
However, after multiple failed attempts, Paris started to believe it wasn’t meant to be. She said, “Just like, ‘OK, I’ve tried and tried and tried, and it’s just not working. Maybe it’s just not my time, and that sucks.”
Fortunately, Paris’ mental health has improved since and she has found more joy and ways to cope. She mentioned a specific incident that helped her to be on a path of joyful life, when she experienced “self-love for the first time in my entire life,”