Michael Jackson's Daughter Paris: I Was Bullied

"They try to get to me with words," the 14-year-old told Oprah

By Andrew Wine
|  Monday, Jun 11, 2012  |  Updated 11:21 AM PDT
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Michael Jackson's 14-year-old daughter Paris told Oprah in an exclusive interview that she was bullied after her home schooling ended.

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Michael Jackson's teen daughter Paris opened up to Oprah about the challenges she faced from bullies at school and online in an exclusive interview aired Sunday.

"People try, but it doesn’t always work," the 14-year-old said. "They try to get to me with words."

Paris said the bullying began after she stopped being home schooled, and she was never sure when people were trying to get close to her to take advantage of her, the U.K. Daily Mail reported.

She said she didn’t know why people chose to bully her and whether peer pressure or personal antipathy were to blame.

The daughter of the late King of Pop also opened up about her unusual childhood and the masks her father made her and her siblings wear when they were in public.

"I was really confused," she said of the disguises, one of many eccentricities of the former frontman of the Jackson 5. "I didn't get why I was wearing a mask. But I understand it now."

Paris said she is still struggling to cope with the death of her father almost three years ago, Paris said.

"It never gets any easier," she told Oprah.

Selected Reading: NBC, Rolling Stone, U.K. Daily Mail, People Magazine

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