Three years after Michael Jackson died at age 50, his 14-year-old daughter Paris opens up to Oprah Winfrey on Oprah’s Next Chapter about being bullied by her classmates at L.A.’s prestigious Buckley School. (Famous alums include Paris Hilton and Kim Kardashian)
“People try, but it doesn’t always work. [The bullying happens] at school and some people try to cyber bully me,” Paris admitted. “They try to get to me with words, but that doesn’t really work.”
When Oprah asked if her classmates might be jealous, given her father’s legendary career, Paris replied, “I don’t know.”
School isn’t all bad for the aspiring actress. The gorgeous teen said she’s happy to no longer be home-schooled. “It’s more normal. It’s more fun,” she said. “The social life has gotten better. I mean, there’s drama, but. . .”
Paris also addressed why she and her brothers, Prince, 15, and Blanket, 10, were masked in public as children. “I was really confused. I didn’t get why I was wearing a mask,” Paris said. “But I understand now why my dad would want our face to be covered. Like, when we went out without him, we wouldn’t be recognized, and we would have a normal childhood.”
She added: “Our dad was a really normal father when he was with us. We would get grounded if we did something bad.”
Paris is set to make her feature film debut in the movie Lundon’s Bridge and the Three Keys. “It’s fun. You can take on another character,” Paris said of her chosen career. “I think that’s just so awesome.”
“It never gets any easier,” she adds of the tragic loss of her father.
Jackson died in June 2009 from an overdose of propofol. His physician, Dr. Conrad Murray, was sentenced to four years in prison after he was convicted of involuntary manslaughter for administering the powerful anesthesia.