Paris Jackson Opens Up About Sexuality and Father Michael Teasing Her About Girls
Paris Jackson is opening up like never before.
The daughter of Michael Jackson and Debbie Rowe is sharing details about her life, and her relationship with Soundflowers bandmate Gabriel Glenn in a new Facebook Watch docuseries called “Unfiltered: Paris Jackson and Gabriel Glenn.”
In the premiere episode, Paris gets candid about her sexuality, explaining, she “never thought I'd end up with a dude.”
The 22-year-old explained, "[I] thought I'd end up marrying a chick. I've dated more women than men."
Paris says the public knows little of her romantic life. "The public only knows about three long-term relationships that I've been in and they've been with men. The public doesn't know about most of the relationships I've been in,” she said.
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Of her sexual orientation, she put it this way: "I say I'm gay because I guess I am, but I wouldn't consider myself bisexual because I've dated more than just men and women, I've dated a man that had a vagina. It has nothing to do with what's in your pants, it's literally like, 'What are you like as a person?'"
The singer continued, "It has nothing to do with your XY chromosome makeup."
At first, Paris didn't understand her sexuality, based on what she was seeing on TV.
"I didn't know that it was a thing, and so I was a little conflicted about it because all I'd ever seen were men and women on TV together, and so these thoughts didn't really make sense to me."
Her dad Michael, however, “caught on pretty quick.”
She said, "I think he just felt the energy and he would, like, kind of tease me the same way that he would tease my brothers, like 'Oh, you got yourself a girlfriend.'"
Jackson went on, "I'm very lucky to have that, especially so young — I think I was like 8 or 9. Not many children have that experience."
After her father's death, things got harder. She moved in with her grandmother Katherine Jackson, who is a Jehovah's Witness.
"Homosexuality in general is very taboo in the Black community," Paris said. "That, on top of the religious aspect — it was something that I did feel like I needed to withhold for a while."
Her brother Prince Jackson has been a big support, even joining the Gay-Straight Alliance in school to learn more.
Now, she's with Gabe, and said, "It is also nice to finally have a home base, which is something that I've never really had before. The only home I've ever had before was my dad and now I have Gabe, so… I'm very lucky.”
The episode ended with a preview of the rest of season, touching on some tough times and past suicide attempts, as Paris says, "Yes, I tried to kill myself many times."
Look for new episodes of "Unfiltered: Paris Jackson and Gabriel Glenn" on Tuesdays at 3 a.m. PT on Facebook Watch.