Janet Jackson and Paris Jackson. Photograph:( Pinterest )
Late iconic singer Michael Jackson’s daughter Paris Jackson did not make it to the Billboard Music Awards on Sunday as her aunt, Janet Jackson created history by winning the Billboard Icon Award -- a first for any black woman. As other family members and fans cheered Janet when she came to receive the award, Jackson family’s supporters missed Paris at the event and started rumours of a rift.
Rubbishing all such allegations baseless, Paris shared a post congratulating her aunt, before posting a lengthy message on her Instagram stories addressing those who criticised her absence.
She wrote: “Dear social media followers, friends, stalkers, lovers and haters, and fellow moonwalkers: Please do not tell me/demands/try to control how I handle my relationship with the people in my life, specifically my family. As amazing and as s***ty as things can be, it is no one’s business but ours. I understand that some of you feel some sort of connection or need to be a part of our lives considering you watched us grow up. However, I am handling my situation exactly how my father did. And I am happy keeping it that way. I will always have love and respect for my family. ALWAYS. There is nothing more or less than that, that you need to know.”
She continued, “Every family has their moments of trauma, heartbreak, separation, love, oneness, tribe, pain, everything. EVERY FAMILY. My family, specifically, and a good number of others…well, our drama is broadcasted worldwide through media. But that doesn’t mean our family issues are any different from yours. Ours are just made public. Every level has another devil. Every life has their own s*** to deal with. We ain’t inferior or superior to y’all. We’re all f***ing human. So let’s act like it.
In the end, she wrote: “I appreciate any and every person reading this and I’m grateful for everything in my life, positive and negative.”
In another news, Paris hit back at people who concluded that something was wrong with her behaviour. To this, she said, “So apparently people think I’m about to die,” Paris said in an Instagram video last month. “My therapist texted me about it laughing though, so that’s good… So I guess to the family members that are talking to all of these news outlets saying they’re worried about me: When is the last time you called me? [My brother] Prince isn’t worried. Why? Because we talk all the time. We hang out. If you’re worried about me, call me.”