Paris Jackson opens up about past suicide attempts to Willow Smith

Paris Jackson, the daughter of late music legend Michael Jackson, has opened up about her past suicide attempts in her recent appearance on Red Table Talk.

Speaking candidly about her struggles in an intimate conversation with Will Smith’s daughter Willow, the one-on-one conversation saw a break from the the Facebook Watch show’s typical format of a round-table discussion featuring hosts Willow, her mother Jada Pinkett Smith and grandmother Adrienne Banfield-Norris.

Willow, 20, took the chance to ask her friend about how she has managed to heal after suffering from years of trauma which led to multiple suicide attempts.

Paris stated: ‘A lot of people do feel regret when they try and attempt suicide. There have been times where I did and times where I didn’t, where I was upset that it didn’t work.

‘But I can say, several years later, that I’m really grateful that it didn’t. Things have gotten better.’

Paris, 23, explained that she really struggled as an adolescent because she had been a victim of cyberbullying.

Paris Jackson has revealed how she powered through her years of depression, during which she attempted suicide (Picture: Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)

‘And I think a lot of it was not knowing who I was, being a young girl going through puberty and probably a lot of my situation and a lot of pressure,’ she added. ‘It was really hard. And people told me to kill myself everyday. And I was depressed.’

Willow asked how Paris had been able to bring herself back to a better mental space when the singer replied: ‘Initially I think it was – it’s kind of morbid, the radical acceptance that it just wasn’t meant to be.’

Paris Jackson in candid conversation with Willow Smith on Red Table Talk

The daughter of Michael Jackson revealed all to Willow Smith on Red Table Talk (Picture: AP)

She continued: ‘So it’s just a radical acceptance of, “When it’s my time, it will be my time,” and I’ll wait it out till then.

‘And during that waiting time, I’ve just found more and more joys in life and more ways to cope and more ways to like, really live instead of just exist.’

Paris revealed that her mental health has since improved and she’s found more joy and ways to cope.

She even shared a personal story about experiencing ‘self-love for the first time in my entire of life’ during the harvest moon last autumn.

Paris stated: ‘It was this really corny moment between me, myself and the mirror… It was so intense. Just a lot of gratitude. It took a really long time to get to that point.’

Red Table Talk airs Wednesdays at 5pm BST (12pm EST) on Facebook Watch.


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