Paris Jackson has given a bombshell interview full of stunning revelations from her multiple suicide attempts to struggles with drug abuse and the belief that her famous father was murdered.

But one thing that shines through in the 18-year-old’s tell-all with Rolling Stone magazine is her enduring love for Michael Jackson and the life lessons he left her with.

Now in a happier and healthier place and embarking on a modeling career, Paris praises her dad in the interview for these five things he taught her which have made her the person she is today.

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1 Pride in her heritage.

“I consider myself black. [Michael] would look me in the eyes and he’d point his finger at me and he’d be like, ‘You’re black. Be proud of your roots.’ And I’d be like, ‘OK, he’s my dad, why would he lie to me?’ So I just believe what he told me. ‘Cause, to my knowledge, he’s never lied to me.”

But she admits most people think she’s white, saying, “I’ve got light skin and, especially since I’ve had my hair blond, I look like I was born in Finland or something,”

2 Tolerance of sexuality

“My dad raised me in a very open-minded house. I was eight-years-old, in love with this female on the cover of a magazine. Instead of yelling at me, like most homophobic parents, he was making fun of me, like, ‘Oh, you got yourself a girlfriend.'”

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3 Importance of education.

“His number-one focus for us besides loving us, was education. And he wasn’t like, ‘Oh, yeah, mighty Columbus came to this land!’ He was like, ‘No. He f–king slaughtered the natives.'”

She and her brother chose to be homeschooled so they could spend more time with their father. “When you’re at home, your dad, who you love more than anything, will occasionally come in, in the middle of class, and it’s like, ‘Cool, no more class for the day. We’re gonna go hang out with Dad,'” she explained. “We were like, ‘We don’t need friends. We’ve got you and Disney Channel!'”

4 The world can be a cruel place.

“He did not bullsh-t us. You try to give kids the best childhood possible. But you also have to prepare them for the shitty world.” Her father discussed his child molestation charges with her. “My dad would cry to me at night. Picture your parent crying to you about the world hating him for something he didn’t do. And for me, he was the only thing that mattered. To see my entire world in pain, I started to hate the world because of what they were doing to him. I’m like, ‘How can people be so mean?'”

5 Celebrate what makes you happy.

no, i’m not colorblind. i know the world is black and white.

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Paris has 50 tattoos, nine of them dedicated to her father. “He’s brought me nothing but joy. So why not have constant reminders of joy?” The most joyous thing she does, oddly enough, is make frequent visits to the Museum of Death, a grisly Hollywood tourist attraction dedicated to serial killers and crime scene photos.  “It’s awesome. They have a real electric chair and a real head!”


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