Paris Jackson talks to Oprah about being cyber-bullied
06/11/2012 by Olivia Allin
Michael Jackson's 14-year-old daughter Paris said that people have tried to cyber-bully her at school. She made her latest comments to Oprah Winfrey for an episode of "Oprah's Next Chapter" that aired on the talk show host's OWN cable channel on Sunday, June 10. "People have tried [to bully me], but it doesn't always work," Jackson told Winfrey. "At school and some people try to cyber bully me. They try to get to me with words, but that doesn't really work." Since her father's death, Paris has become one of the most popular Jackson children, with more than 360,000 Twitter followers, and one of the most sought-after members of the famous family to interview. Winfrey had featured the girl, her brothers and grandmother, who is raising them, in 2010 for her syndicated talk show. The teenager has also become a paparazzi target and has a security team with her around the clock. She told Winfrey that her new school friends find the security detail "creepy" and says it's "unfortunate" that she can't be on her own. Paris Jackson is beginning her own career in the entertainment industry and will make her acting debut in the upcoming fantasy movie, "Lundon's Bridge and the Three Keys," which is slated for release in 2013. Jackson, an iconic and eccentric performer, the most successful in the world, was notoriously private about his three children, Prince Michael, 14, Paris and Blanket, 10. He covered their faces with masquerade masks or scarves when they went out in public, especially in the presence of celebrity photographers, and often wore them himself. The children were usually unmasked when they went out without him, accompanied by bodyguards. "I was really confused. I didn't get why I was wearing a mask," Paris said. "But I understand it now why my dad would want our face to be covered. When we went out without him, we wouldn't be recognized and we could have a normal childhood." Jackson has said in the past that he "didn't have a childhood." The singer began his music career as a child, performing with his siblings in the pop group the Jackson Five, under the management of their father in the late 1960s. "He told us that when he was younger, he didn't really have a childhood. He would always be stuck in the studio singing while other kids were out playing and he wanted us to have that," Paris Jackson told Winfrey. "So a lot of times we would go to Chuck E. Cheese and everything. Chuck E. Cheese is one of our favorite places to go." Jackson died at age 50 in June 2009 from an accidental overdose of the anesthetic propofol and other medications in his rented Los Angeles mansion. Scores of people flocked to the area to mourn him after his death. Paris was 10 at the time. At a public and televised memorial at Staples Center sports arena, the little girl spurred fresh tears - and became a star in her own right - when she appeared with her family, took the microphone and said: "I just want to say ever since I was born, Daddy has been the best father you can ever imagine." Watch segments of Paris Jackson's interview with Oprah Winfrey below.
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