Feeling overwhelmed. Paris Jackson hit back at online bullies in an emotional video that she posted and then deleted on Instagram on Wednesday, September 14.
In the video, which was uploaded to YouTube by a fan, the daughter of the late Michael Jackson was in tears as she talked about being harassed by haters.
“I don’t understand how there can be so much hatred in the world right now,” the 18-year-old said. “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.”
Explaining that she tries to be open and “nice to everybody” she meets, the teen said she doesn’t understand why she’s such an easy target.
“When I was 14, I got so much hatred that I tried to kill myself 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!” 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.”
The only daughter of the late King of Pop and his ex-wife Debbie Rowe, Jackson stayed at a residential facility in Utah in June 2013 after her suicide attempt. She revealed in February this year that she attends Alcoholics Anonymous meetings.
In her video, Jackson mentioned Justin Bieber, who deleted his Instagram account in August after bullies picked on his new flame, Sofia Richie, and he got into a war of words with his ex Selena Gomez.
“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.”
Jackson also referenced Bieber in a tweet on Wednesday, writing, “I don’t blame Justin for deleting his Instagram account. The type of harassment I see on my account daily is enough to make someone suicidal.”
She ended her video by apologizing “for the rant,” adding, “it’s some stuff that I’ve been holding in for a long time. Years.”
Jackson later deleted the video, but posted a picture of herself shortly afterward with the caption, “Looks like I’m the villain now. Didn’t know defending myself was a crime. My dearest apologies. Guess my career’s over lolol.”