Paris Jackson says she will ‘always’ be influenced by father Michael

Isobel Lewis
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Paris Jackson has said that she will “always” be influenced by the work of her late dad, Michael Jackson.

Speaking to the Evening Standard, the singer said that her father’s art was always on her mind, even when she herself wasn’t making pop music.

“I think he’ll always influence everything I do in some way, whether it’s subconscious or intentional,” she said.

“I was around that creativity all the time, so I’m sure I learnt a lot of what I have from that.”

Jackson also discussed growing up on the Neverland Ranch in California, describing how she was “very privileged” but still hard to “earn” treats like toys and rides at the amusement park.

“We were lucky enough to be raised with solid morals. He would be like, ‘Oh, you want to go to Toys ‘R’ Us and get five toys? Great. You need to read five books — and I will test you on those books,’” she recalled.

“It was very clear to us that those rides and the zoo were for underprivileged children – children who were sick and couldn’t go to Disneyland. If we were good, and we did our homework and we worked hard throughout the week, maybe we could go at the weekends, but we had to earn it.”

Over the years, Paris has rarely spoken about her life with her father, who died in 2009 when she was aged 11.

However, in a recent interview with Naomi Campbell, the 23-year-old revealed that Michael made sure they were “cultured” and “educated”.

“We saw everything,” she said. “We saw third world countries. We saw every part of the spectrum.”

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