Of course, TMZ is touting its insider information, that she called the suicide hotline that sent help. I would call that development a blessing.
In a reality-show culture, the real-life trials of a human being pass by like so much entertainment. Paris, since her father’s death, has at times embraced the publicity, giving interviews to Oprah Winfrey and Ellen DeGeneres, appearing in magazine articles and posting her smoky-eyed makeup secrets on YouTube.
But whatever kind of parent Michael Jackson may have been, he was pretty much the only one she had when he died and the then 11-year-old girl said softly, “Daddy has been the best father you could ever imagine,” at a public memorial. June 25 will be the fourth anniversary of his death, though the lawsuits continue, with Paris listed as a potential witness in a case against her father’s last concert promoter – a mix of mourning and litigation.
Amid the talented and long-running Jackson circus was a family. It’s no surprise that despite her unusual domestic arrangement – a biological mother she had little contact with — Paris has reportedly been trying to forge a relationship with that mom, Debbie Rowe, who this week confirmed details of Paris’s recent troubles to Entertainment Tonight.
It’s a family where everyone is a headline name that comes with its own drama, and everyone has a lawyer. One of them, the attorney for Paris’s grandmother Katherine Jackson, who shares guardianship of Michael Jackson’s three children with the singer’s nephew, TJ Jackson, released a statement on Wednesday.
“Being a sensitive 15 year old is difficult no matter who you are,” said Perry Sanders Jr. “It is especially difficult when you lose the person closest to you. Paris is physically fine and is getting appropriate medical attention. Please respect her privacy and the family’s privacy.”
As this reality show takes a sad turn, the rest of us can change the channel.