LONDON: There are few pressures equal to growing up as a child of the Prince of Pop.
And Michael Jackson’s daughter Paris has revealed she ended up being bullied at school and online when it was decided it was time for her home schooling years to end.
But the 14-year-old also told Oprah Winfrey on her Next Chapter show how she was too strong to let them win.
she also said she was wary of people having ulterior motives when they try to be her friend, and that she is not afraid to take action if that is the case.
“If I feel someone is being fake to me I will just push away,” she said.
The latest revelations follow on from her talking about the array of masks her father would make his children wear in a bid to keep them out of the public eye.
She described that period of time in her life as confusing.
“I didn’t get why I was wearing a mask. But I understand it now – why my dad would want our faces to be covered. When we went out without him we wouldn’t be recognised.”
Paris opens her heart to Winfrey to reveal the pain over her father’s death, saying it is still as raw as ever.
She said: “It never gets any easier” in a preview clip on the internet.
The teenager is also going to talk about her fledgling acting career.
But her aunt, Janet Jackson, said: “I told her I thought she should enjoy being a kid, possibly go to college – or not – but wait till she turns 18. She’s a very tough, smart girl. But it’s a cut-throat industry. I wouldn’t want my child to do it.”
Oprah will be hoping the exclusive interview will draw in some more viewers to her embattled network.
The average prime-time audience for the entire year of 2011 was 264 000, with Lisa Erspamer, executive vice-president of production and development, leaving the company in January as a result.
According to the New York Post, the channel has losses standing at an astonishing $330m (R2.78bn). – daily mail