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LOS ANGELES (AP) — Until he died in 2009, MichaelJackson was fiercely protective of his children (save for that one balcony-dangling incident). He covered their faces when they went out with him so they might enjoy the kind of normal childhood he missed out on as a member of the Jackson 5.
But Prince, Paris and Blanket Jackson stepped onto a world stage without masks when they appeared at the “king of pop’s” public memorial. Paris, then just 11, delivered the most poignant words of the star-studded service when she tentatively took the microphone and said, “Daddy has been the best father you could ever imagine.”
Since Jackson‘s death, Paris has become the most visible of his children, granting interviews to Oprah Winfrey and Ellen DeGeneres, appearing in magazine articles and amassing more than a million followers on Twitter. She also has expressed interest in starting a singing career and has plans to star in a movie. But on Wednesday, Paris became a trending tabloid topic all too familiar for the Jackson family after she was rushed to a hospital for unspecified reasons.
All that fire and sheriff’s officials would say is that they transported someone from a home on Paris‘ suburban Calabasas street in the middle of the night for a possible overdose. They did not release any identifying information or additional details.
The Jackson family would say even less about what happened.
“Being a sensitive 15 year old is difficult no matter who you are,” an attorney for Michael Jackson‘s mother, Perry Sanders Jr., said in a statement Wednesday. “It is especially difficult when you lose the person closest to you. Paris is physically fine and is getting appropriate medical attention. Please respect her privacy and the family’s privacy.”
Mr. Sanders declined further comment on the teenager’s condition or the circumstances that led to her hospitalization.
Yet on Tuesday, Paris hinted at her state of mind on Twitter, posting, “I wonder why tears are salty?” followed by lyrics from the Beatles’ song “Yesterday”: “yesterday, all my troubles seemed so far away now it looks as though they’re here to stay.”
A 20-minute video of the teen applying makeup was posted to YouTube last week. It shows Paris in what she describes as her bedroom playfully demonstrating how she does her eye makeup. She receives and replies to several texts on her phone while offering cosmetics instruction. She also reveals that she watches the film “Tangled” three times a week and, as a child, fantasized about marrying a cowboy.
She also makes goofy faces and says: “I need serious help. I’m crazy!”
“I hope you guys liked it tho and didn’t think i’m too crazy,” she wrote. “i get weird when i’m not around people lol.”
Messages left for TJ Jackson‘s attorney were not returned.
“We appreciate everyone’s thoughts for Paris at this time and their respect for the family’s privacy,” said a statement from Eric George, an attorney for Debbie Rowe, Paris‘ biological mother.
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