Yesterday news of Paris Jackson’s attempted suicide shocked the world. Today, people are questioning if her family and friends could have seen this coming and prevented it. In an ABC News report on June 5, the issue was explored in more detail.
It was almost four years ago to the day when Paris Jackson made her first public appearance, giving a eulogy for her father Michael Jackson. On June 5, Paris took 20 Motrin and slashed her wrists with a kitchen knife. What happened in the intervening years?
For one thing Paris has been reliving her father’s death ever since it happened, most recently when she gave a deposition in the lawsuit against the promoter the Jackson family says is responsible for Michael’s death. While attorneys for the family say there was no pressure put on Paris to testify, she was certainly feeling some as there are millions of dollars riding on the case.
Last year there was the crisis over the disappearance of Katherine Jackson, Paris’s grandmother and guardian. Paris tweeted at the time that her grandmother was missing and she missed her.
Another possible sign that the teen was struggling may have been the fact that Paris had reached out to her birth mother, Debbie Rowe. The two had been spending time together recently.
It is apparent that Paris feels vulnerable about the relationships she has with the adults who represent parents or parenting figures to her. This may have been brought on by the loss of her father with whom she was incredibly close.
Tabloids had also been reporting that Paris had been seen with apparent wounds on her wrists that could be explained as self-harming or cutting. In an interview with Oprah, Paris told the talk show host that “A lot of people don’t like me.” She couldn’t explain why she felt that way.
Could the Jackson family have seen the signs? Could this attempted suicide been Paris Jackson’s cry for help? It seems that as loving as Katherine Jackson might be, being 86 can make it challenging to raise a 15 year old. Perhaps Paris needs a stronger parental figure in her life she can count on.
Paris’s is described as being “safe and doing fine” according to family members.
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