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Janet Jackson is trying to respect her late brother’s wishes for his children, but her niece, Paris, isn’t listening.
Paris Jackson, the only daughter of the late King of Pop Michael Jackson, has been a very rare sighting in the media throughout her life – just as her father wanted it. Michael expressed his strong desire to keep his children, Prince, Paris, and Prince Michael II, out of the spotlight until they were 18 and could then make their own decisions about whether or not they wanted to be celebrities. Michael even went to far as to have his children cover their faces in veils and masks when out in public in order to protect their identities.
After Michael passed away in 2009, however, his children have been gradually becoming more visible to the public. His daughter seems the most outgoing and eager to start her acting career, despite being just 14-years-old.
Paris has been cast in a film called Lundon’s Bridge and the Three Keys.
Janet has made it very clear to Paris that she doesn’t approve, but as many teenagers are wont to do, Paris is ignoring her aunt’s advice and moving forward with the project anyway.
“We’ve spoken about the fact that you’re only a child once. I think there’s a time for everything, and now is not the time [to act in films]. 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 cutthroat industry. I wouldn’t want my child to do it,” Janet told Prevention magazine in May.
Paris isn’t the only offspring of Michael who plans to remain in the public eye. His oldest son, Prince, told Good Morning America in an interview in February of 2011, that all three kids plan to “continue what our dad was doing.”
Paris also told Ellen DeGeneres in an interview last year, “When I was really little, my dad was in the movie Moonwalker and I knew he could sing really well, but I didn’t know he could act. I saw that and I said, ‘Wow, I want to be just like him.’”
Paris is credited with humanizing Michael when, at his monumental funeral watched by millions around the globe, she referred to him as simply “daddy” and said into the microphone, “Ever since I was born, Daddy has been the best father you could ever imagine. And I just want to say I love him - so much.”
Although she is going against his wishes by pursuing her acting career so young, I’m willing to guess he would still be very proud of his little girl.