martes, 27 de agosto de 2013

Paris Jackson 'In A Good Place' - Grandmother - Sky News

Michael Jackson's daughter Paris is "doing much better" after a suicide attempt in June, her grandmother has said.

"She is in a good place, getting the help she needs," Katherine Jackson, the late pop star's mother, told Hello! magazine.

Paris, 15, was rushed to hospital from the family home in Los Angeles after cutting her wrists and swallowing a large number of over-the-counter painkillers.

She is now being treated in a secluded residential facility which specialises in helping troubled youngsters.

"She is doing much better," said Mrs Jackson.

"The treatment is going good, really good. She's my baby. It's hard for me, really hard.

US singer Michael Jackson performs at the World Music Awards in Earls Court, London in 2006
Michael Jackson died on June 25, 2009

"All I wanted these kids to be is happy. The night Michael died Paris was crying and said, 'I want to go and see Daddy, I don't want to be without him.'"

The 83-year-old Jackson family matriarch shares legal guardianship of Paris and her brothers, Prince, 16, and Blanket, 11, with her grandson TJ.

Mrs Jackson said "not a day goes by" she does not think of the singer, whom she called "a very good father" and "a good son".

But she said her style of parenting is different from his - and she has got rid of the masks the children famously used to wear.

Prince, Blanket and Paris Jackson
Prince (L), Blanket (C) and Paris (R)

She said: "They were sheltered a lot when Michael raised them.

"I had thought about it and I said 'I am not going to raise them like that (wearing masks). But Michael had a good reason. He was trying to protect them."

She said the children were "incredibly polite" and that was down to the pop superstar.

She said: "He instilled good manners but it's a different generation, of course, and I don't understand the whole social media thing.

"They are always on their phones."

Michael Jackson with children Prince and Paris
The late singer with Prince and Paris in a recently released home video

Meanwhile, it was reported that Jackson's estate owes $702m (£450m) in federal taxes and penalties, according to the Internal Revenue Service.

The IRS says the estate undervalued some of the star's assets by hundreds of millions of dollars.

A Jackson estate spokesman said the IRS's appraisal values "were based on speculative and erroneous assumptions unsupported by the facts or law".

The Jackson estate has paid $100m (£64m) in taxes, he said.

:: Anyone feeling emotionally distressed or suicidal can call Samaritans for help on 08457 90 90 90 or email jo@samaritans.org.

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