Paris Jackson, the 18-year-old daughter of the late pop-music legend Michael Jackson, has tearfully appealed in a series of Instagram videos for a stop to the cyberbullying that has plagued her for years.
“I don’t understand how there can be so much hatred in the world right now,” Jackson said in a series of since-deleted clips someone compiled into a 2 1/2-minute YouTube video, which itself has been removed but appears on numerous sites. “I’ve tried sticking up for myself,” she continued. “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, it is, when there’s so much of it.”
The middle child of three and only daughter of Michael Jackson wondered, “I don’t get why I’m such an easy target. … I try to be open with you guys about what I do on a daily basis. I share my life with you.” Yet, she said, “When I was 14 I got so much hatred that I tried to kill myself.”
Jackson, born April 3, 1998, was actually 15 on June 5, 2013, when according to a 911 recording obtained by TMZ.com she overdosed on 20 Motrin and cut her arm with a kitchen knife.
Jackson then took a break from social media but upon returning found “nothing changed. So I’m sorry if there’s something that I’m doing that you guys don’t like. … And I mean I know I’m not the only one,” she continued. “Justin Bieber went into a downward spiral because everybody that he dates gets so much hate. I have known his girlfriend Sofia [Richie] 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 … and when you say damaging things like that to people it [expletive] them up. .. And I don’t know if that’s what people want but it’s exhausting.
She concluded by saying, “Sorry for the rant.… Some stuff that I’ve been holding in for a long time. Years.”
Jackson, after then enduring online taunts for that video, appeared to collect herself and posted another, more lighthearted Instagram message: “Looks like i’m the villain now. didn’t know defending myself was a crime. my dearest apologies. guess my careers over lolol.”
In related news, Fifth Harmony singer Normani Kordei, 20, who left Twitter on Aug. 6 due to cyberbullying, returned Tuesday with a tweeted video announcing she has partnered with The Cybersmile Foundation, a nonprofit organization fighting online abuse, and urged cyberbullied fans to contact her for support.