As if celebrity parents weren’t complicated enough. Now, 18 year-old Paris Jackson is kicking off her own career, with the extremely complicated legacy of Michael Jackson behind her.
Michael Jackson was hailed as a hero when he died in 2009. Since then, the dust has settled less favorably. Leaked documents exposed lurid findings of a 1990s police raid of the Neverland Ranch. Fresh accusations by a purported victim from the 80s surfaced.
And many of those that celebrate Michael Jackson’s musical legacy are starting to think, well… he probably did it.
Perhaps those shifting sentiments became obvious last week. That’s when a real estate holding group erased the Neverland Ranch legacy, in favor of a kinder ‘Sycamore Valley Ranch’ moniker. That follows claims by attorneys for the Jackson Estate, who told the IRS that tawdry scandals effectively wiped away the value of the Michael Jackson brand.
Enter Paris Jackson, who recently celebrated her 18th birthday and kickstarted a brand-new career. And Hollywood is blowing this Jackson heir up, with TV, fashion, and even movie roles ahead.
Just last month, Paris pulled a quick cameo at the Grammys by introducing The Weekend and Daft Punk. This week, she’s appearing on Fox’s ‘Star,’ where she plays a pushy social media expert.
And that’s just the beginning: according to the Hollywood Reporter, Paris Jackson has just inked a broad-reaching deal with William Morris Endeavor (WME). That comes one week after Paris inked a modeling pact with IMG Models, a division of WME.
If all goes well for Paris, fans forget the baggage and give this girl a chance. And if all goes well, people will be referring to Paris Jackson instead of ‘Michael Jackson’s kid’ (with appropriate facial expression).
The former is of course more preferable.
Here’s a pre-show interview with Paris ahead of the ‘Star’ broadcast.