Paris Jackson, 13, takes Lohan’s place on Ellen, is gracious and normal

You know how Lindsay Lohan was too coked up in Hawaii to bother coming back to LA on time to make a scheduled stop on the Ellen DeGeneres show? (Which would have been her only tv interview promoting her Playboy cover.) Well Ellen found a much more gracious guest in the late Michael Jackson’s daughter, Paris, 13. Radar Online has a video preview of Paris’ interview, which will air on Thursday. Paris was a little nervous on Ellen, but I was so impressed by how genuine and down to earth she seemed. She’s a normal kid, and she didn’t come across like she was entitled or spoiled at all, like so many other children of celebrities I won’t name who names start with “Will,” “Jada” and “Kris.” (And it’s not those kids’ faults at all.) Paris recently landed a role in a live action animation film called Lundon’s Bridge and the Three Keys based on a book series. She explained to Ellen that she’s wanted to act since she was a child and that she used to do improv with her dad. After some of the very sad and heartbreaking things we’ve heard about Paris and her brothers during the trial of Dr. Murray, it was so nice to see her happy and well. Here’s some of what she said:

Paris told Ellen that she’s enjoying school and feels like she’s having a normal childhood. Despite her famous family, Paris said she wasn’t recognized by her classmates, which gives her “a chance to be normal.”

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“They didn’t know who you were because you used to wear masks all the time,” Ellen remarked. “When you would wear the masks do you remember thinking, because obviously your dad did that to protect you so nobody would know who you are and you could go out and have a regular life.

“Do you remember wearing a mask and going this is kind of weird?” Ellen asked Paris, who said, “Yeah, I’m like, ‘This is stupid, why am I wearing a mask?’ But, I, kind of realized the older I got, like he only tried to protect us and he’d explain that to us too.”

In another candid moment, Paris shared with Ellen the most memorable thing her late father told her.

“He said, ‘If I die tomorrow, always remember what I told you,” Paris recalled. “I took his advice and I remembered everything he told me.’”

[From Radar Online]

For all you can say about Micheal Jackson, and you can say a hell of a lot about him, he seems to have raised some great kids, particularly his daughter. I hope Paris does well in her career, and I also hope she’s able to keep that sense of normalcy she values so much. You know that if Michael was still alive we probably would still have no idea what his kids look like. It seemed strange to cover their faces, as Paris admitted here, but he seems to have known what he was doing. I found this interview kind of touching. Ellen was probably ultimately happy that Lindsay didn’t show. She avoided a ton of drama with that one.

Paris Jackson is shown on 12/3/11 at the premiere of Cirque du Soleil’s Michael Jackson’s ‘The Immortal World Tour’ in Las Vegas. Photo Credit: Judy Eddy/

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  1. TheOriginalKitten says:

    She’s so pretty-her eyes are cerulean.

    • Ashley says:

      She actually has green eyes. :) Certain lighting makes them appear blue, but Debbie had blue eyes, so that makes sense.

  2. Lisa says:

    What I’ve always said about Michael is that poor child needed some really good therapy…from WAY BACK!!! And not to have the responsibility of taking care of a HUGE family for so long…

    That is ALL I ever had to say about Michael Jackson…and the fact that his children are so…cool, graceful and well adjusted…quantifies EVERYTHING I ever had to think and feel about that man…

  3. Snowangel says:

    Wow, next teen superstar! I hope Disney doesn’t get hold of her.

  4. normades says:

    Wow! I bet that episode will get great ratings (great catch Ellen). Paris seems like such a nice kid. I’m rooting for her.

  5. dena says:

    There’s no way she will remain normal with that family’s clutches in her. Nevermind her new movie career.


  6. atlantapug says:

    Sweet. I just really wish they would avoid the spotlight and live quietly, but I guess this is what she wants so good for her.

  7. Taylor says:

    Ok I think that picture of MJ’s kids with real black people is hilarious. Do people still think that MJ was their biological father?

    • Girl says:

      That was my first thought but really bio-kids or no (and I think no) those are his children.

      The desire to be in show business would be appealing to the majority of kids. If these children have a chance at normalcy at all I think they should stay far far away from it. I wish them the best.

    • Leticia says:

      yes, lots of people do. Brace yourself…

    • MJ says:

      “Real black people”? Are you serious? Wow, what a ridiculous statement. Those are his kids, biological or not.

      • Taylor says:

        Why “ridiculous statement”? MJ was fake white man so I think I can use that “ridiculous statement”.

      • eto0416 says:

        Your statement was indeed ridiculous because his children are mixed. Of course they don’t have the same skin tones as someone who isn’t.

    • DarkEmpress says:

      Skin colour genes are expressed unevenly. You never know what a biracial child will look like.I have a cousin who looks completely white but she identifies as black. The reverse can happen, like president Obama who looks completely black but is half white.

      Look at Garcelle Beauvais’ children
      Look at Jesse Williams from Grey`s Anatomy
      Look at Kris Humphries
      I don`t know if Kim K. tans but her skin tone is darker than his.
      Michael`s children may or may not be his biological children, but they are still his children.

      • sam says:

        Excellent reply. Thank you for doing that, and frankly while I realise why people are fascinated by the childrens heritage, its their business and we need to let it go.

      • Ruffian9 says:

        Well said, DarkEmpress

      • Amea says:

        Also, if you’ve ever looked at Papa Joe Jackson’s eyes, you’ll see they are a hazel-looking color–he clearly has some white in his gene pool, and Michael (and all Michael’s siblings) carried those recessive traits, and after having a baby with a white woman who has dominant white traits (fine hair, light skin, light eyes…) it’s perfectly possible that those are all his kids. Plus they resemble him in various ways. I can’t tell you YES, he IS the father, but I can tell you that it is not at all a far-fetched idea

      • myra walker says:

        Also, look at Eartha Kitts daughter,Kitt
        who’s also half black and half white.

    • DarkEmpress says:

      Also, what in your opinion do real black people look like???? Most black people in north america or from the Caribbean islands have some mixture in their heritage and as a result there are many different skin tones, facial features and hair textures among them.

      • MJ says:

        This is what I was getting at with my comment above. There is no “real black person” or “fake white man.” Kinda surprising that people still talk like this in 2011… that is some poorly veiled racism right there.

    • mln76 says:

      I do think the kids are biologically Micheal’s because the oldest Prince has vitiligo. As some the above poster commented you never know what a bi-racial child will look like.

      EDIT:Here is a link to photos that show the vitiligo patch under Princes’ arm.

      • Jennifer says:

        That’s a patch of sunlight.

      • mln76 says:

        @Jennifer If you scroll down you will see SEVERAL different photos showing the patch of vitiligo from different angles. He has it. Seeing those pics kills two MJ myths. The skin disease does exist and at least Prince is probably his biologically.

    • Rook says:

      Silly. My cousins are half Mexican. One looks Mexican and the other has blond hair and blue eyes. To make it worse, my uncle, the Mexican one, has vitiligo like Michael Jackson did so now he looks white. My poor cousin now looks adopted. There’s a whole spectrum of skin colors out there for all different races.

    • alibeebee says:

      Mmm those are his bio kids.. i know this to be true. My sister married a white guy and she always gets the comments that are they her kids.. are they adopted is she the nanny etc etc.. because the kids are so Caucasian looking. We have a family member that knows the jacksons and they are his kids.. a white mother and a black father it is entirely possible , plus those kids look like they have a wee bit coco or something.. so dont entirely discount it. My sister gets it all the time.. because her youngest is pale pale white with straight hair.. looks just like his dad who is a dutch man. so and Mr. Jackson was not broke he had money but it wasn’t all liquid. He made a billion dollars.. one person cannot spend a billion dollars if they tried in their lifetime. plus when it all came to light his estate was worth something.. plus he wasn’t all bad you can see he loved his babies bio or not he was Their FATHER ;-)

    • Juliesunflower says:

      So what! He WAS the FATHER. Nice kid.

  8. Cathy says:

    She’s a pretty girl, she will grow up to be a beautiful young woman.

  9. Boo says:

    I like Paris. I’m rooting for her, too.

  10. mln76 says:

    I think she’s got a great future ahead of her. As long as Joe Jackson is out of the picture!!!!! She’s so gracious, surprisingly normal and pretty much the exact opposite of that Lohan trash rag.

  11. amanda says:

    It may just be for these photos, but I do love that she is styled age appropriately.

  12. ahoyhoy says:

    I hope her dad warned her that his family will do anything to get the money she makes.
    Get a non-related manager, Paris!

  13. Jess says:

    Michael raised some great children. And your right he did know what he was doing with those masks= amazing well bought up kids who lived a normal childhood. Something he never got.

    • Carolyn says:

      so far so good…they’ve still got a lot of years ahead before it can be said whether they’ve had a normal childhood. That wacko family will try and get their hands on them and their money before long. Katherine won’t be able to protect them forever. Go Paris! I’m rooting for the 3 of them. Good choie Ellen.

  14. anon says:

    Paris has done michael proud :-)

  15. Nev says:


    • Alexis says:

      OMG Blanket always looks so unhappy to be trotted out in these appearances. His facial expressions remind me of MJ, in a way that makes me a little sad, because I imagine little MJ was trotted out, too. Not implying that they are related biologically (although I think that’s irrelevant), but when you raise kids they pick up your mannerisms.

      Paris seems to like the spotlight and is pretty enough to make it. Prince seems okay with it and is old enough to basically be choosing to do this. So couldn’t they just leave Blanket out of these appearances? they’ve already got two of them, and teens are more interesting anyway.

      • Nev says:

        out of all three, i think blanket is biological….

        love blanket!!!

        he has a spot on youtube or something where he is dancing or break dancing..he is funny and confident.


  16. irishserra says:

    My comment is on the bottom photos. What’s with the girl seemingly glaring at her? She looks like she’s giving her the evil eye and spewing meanies at her.

    Paris is a pretty girl.

    I do wish her well in life.

  17. alice says:

    These are michaels kids, if u knew michael properly eg not from the media you would see they have little things that remind me of him. Plus prince has vitaligo same as michael and before you say he bleached his skin his atopsy confirmed it!

  18. Rhiley says:

    She seems really cute and down to earth. She would be a great model for Madonna & Lourdes’s Material Girl line.

  19. GoodCapon says:

    She has very lovely eyes.

  20. sassenach says:

    Well, it looks like this disgusting family is getting ready to pimp Michael’s kids. Why can’t they just let them finish school before getting into acting? This is not something that Michael would have wanted for his kids and this is exactly what he tried to avoid. They will be leaching off of his kids and their money for many years to come.

    • CookieJar says:

      My thoughts exactly. She is still so young to decide for herself.
      On another note, I find it quite hilarious how Ellen invited Paris to replace Blohan. I hope that idiot sees that there are many many girls out there, younger, more talented and with better connections than her.

    • pwal says:

      I remember reading that Michael made provisions about the kids getting a certain amount at ages 20, 30, and 40, meaning that most of the Jacksons will die off before the kids get a nice chunk of the money. Their real problem will be the cousins, although I hope that the kids don’t get dragged into the deficiency that dragged their father down – guilt.

      I think, as a minority, we are made to feel guilty about moving forward and forging ahead. We are made to feel guilty when others opt to remain stagnant. My hope for Paris and her brothers is that they don’t allow the Jacksons to become burdens.

  21. Newtsgal says:

    I have to say I would rather see Paris, than LL anyday of the week!

  22. lw says:

    She looks like the splitting image of her (obvious) mom, Debbie Rowe. I wonder if they have any contact…

  23. fabgrrl says:

    What a lovely and gracious young lady! I’d much rather see and interview with her. If there were any justice in the world, Lohan would be the last minute, second-tier, replacement for an interesting and talented young actress who had to cancel her Ellen interview.

  24. Cel says:

    Katherine is doing exactly what MJ didn’t want for these children – turning them into public property. The X Factor the other week and now a talk show. Apalling.

  25. ShanKat says:

    Unfortch, she had to get starkers and blow rails in the greenroom before the taping. Lohan Appearance rules.

  26. Lynne says:

    Beautiful and sweet girl. She and her brothers need to have their childhood, I hope that they don’t Kris Jenner her.

  27. jen says:

    She’s a pretty girl. Poor Blanket-he always looks like he doesn’t know where he is or what he’s supposed to be doing.

  28. Cher says:

    The one with the arms around her shows a striking resemblance to MJ when he was younger, who is he?

  29. Tazina says:

    The first order of business is changing Blanket’s name to something the poor kid can live with. Paris is a lovely girl. I hope she’s not exploited by the Jackson’s or in the future by greedy agents and managers.

  30. Book_worm_mommy says:

    That “girl” giving the stink eye, is Blanket, lol. & they look like biracial kids. MJ might’ve been a little eccentric, but he had his heart in the right place w/those kids.

  31. Eleonor says:

    She is so fresh, and sweet, I hope she will be able to keep away the greedy hands of the Jackson family.

  32. GrnMtGirl says:

    She is such a sweet girl. I really wish the best for her and her brothers.

    The way I understand it was that Katherine didn’t want her to do this role but she really wanted to do it. And, she thought that her Dad would approve because of the type of role that it is.

    p.s. I don’t know why but I can’t help thinking that she looks a lot like Elijah Wood.

  33. Mia says:

    I think MJ learned from his own childhood. He did everything he could to give them actual childhoods and be the kind of father he had needed. Those 3 kids are how we should remember MJ’s life.

  34. the original bellaluna says:

    It speaks volumes to MJ’s parenting that a 13-year-old gave a better interview than Linnocent would have, and is better behaved.

    I think Blanket actually looks like Michael. (That’s him, giving his sister the stink-eye.)

      • MacScore says:

        As usual, the original bellaluna calls it completely! Spot on!
        And, Paris is _gorgeous_ ; sorry I missed the interview. Wonder what Blohan is thinking now?

    • Cerulean says:

      I hope these children do well. Michael lived a sad tragic life. But he loved those children. Hopefully they learned enough to have a solid foundation to grow up and distance themselves from the Jackson leeches.

  35. theaPie says:

    Wow, I have to give Michael props. Those kids look very close and loving with each other. Poor Blanket looks a little lost though.

  36. Happy21 says:

    She is beautiful!

    What I think is unfortunate though is that they are living the life exactly opposity from how MJ wanted them to live.

    I wish them all nothing but the best but can’t help but be a little concerned for them.

  37. EmmaStoneWannabe says:

    Along with others here, I find it interesting how they are in the spotlight more now that MJ is gone. However, I actually think it’s pretty healthy; what if they walked everywhere in public with a mask until they were 18? Seems it would really be difficult to adjust to a normal life if that were the case. Good for Miss Paris!

  38. Peg says:

    I wish her nothing but the best.

  39. The Bobster says:

    I wonder who the sperm donor was.

    And for those fools who think she is MJ’s, I have a bridge I’d like to sell you.

  40. benny says:

    She looks a little creepy, like the Olsen twins. Hopefully she’ll grow out of it.

    I don’t think wearing masks in public is healthy. How long were they supposed to keep it up? For life? But I also don’t think being pushing out there so the family can milk the Jackson name is any better. Can’t they find a happy medium?

  41. Thea says:

    She is a beautiful girl. Gorgeous eyes. I wish her the best.

  42. Anastasia says:

    Agree with Bobster, MJ didn’t father any children biologically, but he was raising them, though oddly.

    I’m saddened she’s already being pushed into acting. Damn. Jacksons’ gotta pimp out the next generation!

  43. Heinz says:

    She’s beautiful now, in 10 years she’ll be a knockout.

  44. hillbilly in the corner says:

    Micheal Jackson didn’t father these children ……………..but it didn’t change the fact that he was their father just men do whos wife uses a sperm doner for whatever reason He was their father .. She looks like a lovely girl very much the image of her mother Debra Rowe…..
    Of course she wants to be in the movies all young girls do….but I hate to she her used by the Jackson family freeloaders as they did Micheal…At least this one looks acts and sounds like a 13 yr old not a 13 going on 30…and One hundred per cent better then Lindsay Lohan 12 yr old conversation on that tape..”Like is was a like white jeep ?”

  45. Brigitte says:

    Remember when MJ dangled Blanket over a 3 story ledge? I think it is safe to say that the nannies should get a lot of credit for these seemingly well-adjusted children, not MJ.

    • Resa says:

      Michael Jackson went for long periods of time without a nanny. He deserves the credit for how well his 3 children were raised, he was the constant in their lives not any nannies.

  46. skinanny says:

    She is beautiful, but he {Michael} had absolutely nothing to do with it.

  47. mel says:

    Beautiful girl. I wish her well.

  48. cheryl says:

    Why don’t we know Blanket’s name yet? I mean, surely that is not on his birth certificate….is it?

  49. H says:

    Am I the only one who finds it ironic that a past child star couldn’t make the taping because she was probably cracked out and Ellen replaces her with an up and coming child star?

    I wish this child the best and hope to God she doesn’t fall prey to the vultures who ruined Lindsay’s life.

  50. Victoria says:

    We do know Blanket’s name. He is Prince Michael II> I love seeing the children, but I know that MJ would not want this. He did everything in his power to keep his children private.

  51. Zoe says:

    When it comes to Michael Jackson, people can be so awful. I remember how much people bashed him in life and talked about what a terrible father he must have been. This just goes to show how little the public really knew him. I’m intentionally avoiding most of the comments in this thread, they seem toxic enough, but it’s obvious the man did so many things right and it’s too bad no one ever talks about that (guess that doesn’t make any money). I’m happy for Paris, but I’m unsurprised. Jackson was a really generous individual, someone who sacrificed a lot and gave so much of himself, it’s good to see his children carry that on and be so strong in the face of so much. I know what it’s like to lose a dad, it sucks. And shame on the people who keep bringing up whether or not they are his biological children – who cares? Your real parents are the ones that raise you and take care of you. No one dares say that to any parent, biological or adopter. Stop being so monstrous to that man and those children and leave them all alone, they’ve been through enough. (Then you all talk about what leeches his family are. Sorry, but I see plenty of blame to go around.)

  52. Val says:

    I think that Prince and Paris look like exact mixes of Michael and Debbie Rowe. Blanket looks a lot like Michael – but obviously has a different egg donor! He was the sperm donor for all three, from what I can tell. I can’t believe that some of you can’t see the family resemblance.

  53. cruiz2 says:

    Girl outshines the nasty L!

  54. mimi says:

    paris doesn’t look like MJ at all. anyone who would even think so is delusional. take a look at the original black MJ and the differences are striking, not one bit of similarity in their features at all. plus, to those who keep mentioning Joe Jackson’s eyes as proof that MJ could produce a blue eyed child like Paris, get your info straight. having green eyes doesn’t make one more likely to produce a blue eyed child. the genes for blue eyes have to be in both parents for that to happen.

  55. S says:

    Of course they are MJs kids. And the earth is flat *rolls eyes*
    I see the mother in her and the “dermatologist” in the oldest brothers face.

  56. Neena says:

    I am glad that she’s happy. However my advice to her would be to leave the showbiz stuff until she is older. Wait until she’s 18 or get into it after Uni. Stardom as a child IMO can be weird. She needs the chance to grow up away from the spotlight as much as possible.

  57. Forever says:

    Some people are just unbelievable these children are not his biologically it’s clear to see. Michael had issues with himself vitaligo my ass, vitaligo did not change his African nose to a pointy one, nor his hair, he wanted to be white and made sure his children were a reflection of his self hatred. He is their father no matter what colour they are, he is all they knew. Love is what really matters when kids are concerned.. End of rant lol

  58. Amy says:

    Blanket does look like his dad MJ…and Forever…I think you correct in your assumptions.

  59. skeptical says:

    Why are people arguing over biological relations?

    Michael Jackson was the father of these kids, biology or no! He raised them! He loved them! And considering how very well Paris is doing thus far, her maturity and her gracious handling of the crap thrown at her.. i think Michael did a damn good job!!

  60. Laura says:

    I am a huge huge Michael Jackson fan, I adore him, but even I think none of those kids are biologically his.

  61. thegorilla says:

    holy crap she grew up outta nowhere

  62. jacqueline johnson says:

    okay people here it is prince and paris arnt his iological kids his sperm was a doner by his therapist er sum like that but his youngest child isnt his eather he has his reasons on why he didnt want to have his sperm to have his children but eather way even thou they arnthis he claimed them and well and raised them like they were his own and they are and that is all that matters love and peace to all his children lol aroud my age me and paris are the same age lol