Paris Jackson fires back at online haters accusing her of not supporting her aunt, Janet Jackson. The 20-year-old advises people to mind their own business.
Mind Your Business
Janet Jackson received the Billboard Icon Award on Sunday night, with some of her most famous family members spotted in the audience, cheering her on. Noticeably absent on the big night was her niece, Paris.
The daughter of Michael Jackson was watching the show at home, but that didn't make her less proud of her aunt, whose barnstorming performance and acceptance speech were among the highlights of the show.
Paris took to Instagram to congratulate her aunt. She also included a message in her Story for those criticizing her absence.
"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," she advised.
Just Like Everybody Else
Paris went on to note that she understood certain people felt a connection to the Jacksons, and a need to be involved, due to her father's legacy. She also acknowledged that she grew up in the spotlight, which heightens that feeling of connection.
"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 said.
The 20-year-old pointed out that every family has their difficulties, but just because her family's issues are made public doesn't make them any different. Nor does it negate their right to privacy.
"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. ... I appreciate any and every person reading this and I'm grateful for everything in my life, positive and negative," she finished.
Making It Clear
Paris is not shy about tackling drama online, taking to Instagram following a report from Page Six that suggested she was in the midst of a meltdown.
She shared an Instagram video joking that her therapist thought the whole thing was funny, and suggesting any family members worried about her should speak to her directly rather than going to the press.
Her grandmother Katherine Jackson, brother Prince Jackson, and aunt Rebbie Jackson were all in attendance when Janet accepted her award Sunday.
Paris referred to Prince as somebody who isn't worried about her, because they talk all the time.
Paris is no stranger to controversy, having been linked to fellow model Cara Delevigne previously. She also called out fans online for editing her photos to lighten her skin.