Paris Jackson's career is only just taking off, but the daughter of Michael Jackson recently sat down with Rolling Stone magazine for her first in-depth interview and revealed some heartbreaking news.
Jackson says that she was sexually assaulted by a significantly older “complete stranger” when she was a younger teen.
“I don’t wanna give too many details. But it was not a good experience at all, and it was really hard for me, and, at the time, I didn’t tell anybody," she said.
She also admitted she has struggled with depression and inner turmoil, so much so that she has experienced a suicide attempt, which was highly publicised at the time.
“It was just self-hatred,” the model explains of taking 20 Motrin tablets and slashing her wrist in June 2013 at age 15. “Low self-esteem, thinking that I couldn’t do anything right, not thinking I was worthy of living anymore.”
However, Jackson, now 18, believes the incident proved to be the turning point following a long battle with self-abuse, drug addiction and depression. The model even admits that her attempt at suicide happened “multiple times”, but this final episode instigated a change, whereby she chose to attend a residential therapy program.
Sending love to the young star! We're so proud of her for speaking out so honestly about such a personal issue.
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This article previously appeared on WHO.