Updated: Jun 17
By MARK KENNEDY, The Associated Press (slighty amended by myself)
Paris Jackson, stopping by “Red Table Talk” for a frank discussion about living under the media glare, reveals she suffers long-term anxiety and trauma from enduring countless camera clicks by paparazzi since she was a child.
She has a one-on-one discussion with fellow paparazzi target and friend Willow Smith on tomorrow's edition, June 16, of the online talk show that airs on Facebook Watch at 9 am PDT/noon EDT. (6 pm Paris time)
“I experience auditory hallucinations sometimes with camera clicks and severe paranoia and have been going to therapy for a lot of things but that included. I’ll hear a trash bag rustling and flinch in panic. I think it’s standard PTSD.” PARIS JACKSON
During the show’s introduction, Willow says she met Paris on the set of mom Jada Pinkett Smith’s TV show “Hawthorne.” Willow and Paris soon forged a bond over growing up with parents in the spotlight, and over love of music, modeling, and issues like mental health, sexuality and body image. One way Jackson says she keeps some privacy is by asking people in her home to sign non-disclosure agreements.
Paris, who has dated men and women, tells Willow that while there is tension with some of her family members over her sexuality, she has leaned on her brothers — Prince and Prince Michael II — and longtime family friend Omer Bhatti.
“They’ve always been super-supportive,” she says, noting that to better connect with his sister, Prince Jackson in high school joined a student-run club that unites LGBTQ+ and allied youth. “Not a lot of people can say they have siblings that support them like that.”
In 2020, Paris Jackson and then-boyfriend Gabriel Glenn — who formed the acoustic duo The Soundflowers — had a docu-series on Facebook Watch called “Unfiltered,” which provided a glimpse into her private life. Paris revealed self-harm and suicide attempts in her testimonials, and said music was a way to channel her pain. She released her debut solo album “Wilted” in November.
Don't miss Paris on Red Table with Willow Smith tomorrow!
On May 28, Makeup artirst and friend of Paris, Jo Backer posted a lovely video of the makeup she did for Paris called Dagger Wings.
About Red Table Show
Jada Pinkett Smith, her daughter Willow, and mother Gammy – three generations of women open their home for a series of candid conversations with family and friends about the most important and provocative topics of the day. They tackle current social and cultural issues with an inter-generational perspective.