Paris Jackson, stopping at “Red Table Talk” for a candid discussion of life in the media spotlight, reveals that she suffers from anxiety and long-term trauma after suffering countless camera clicks by paparazzi since childhood.
âI sometimes experience auditory hallucinations with camera clicks and severe paranoia and I’ve been to therapy for a lot of things, but that included,â Jackson says. “I will hear a trash bag rustle and shake in panic.” She adds, “I think it’s standard PTSD.”
Jackson, daughter of Michael Jackson, has a one-on-one chat with fellow paparazzi target and friend Willow Smith on Wednesday’s edition of the online talk show that airs on Facebook Watch at 9 a.m. PDT / noon EDT .
During the show’s introduction, Smith says she met Jackson on the set of mom Jada Pinkett Smith’s “Hawthorne” TV show. Smith and Jackson quickly forged a bond growing up with parents in the limelight and in love with music, modeling, and issues like mental health, sexuality, and body image. Jackson says she maintains some privacy by asking people in her household to sign nondisclosure agreements.
Jackson, who has dated both men and women, tells Smith that although there are tensions with some members of her family about her sexuality, she has leaned on her brothers – Prince and Prince Michael II. – and his longtime friend Omer Bhatti.
âThey’ve always been very supportive,â she says, noting that to better connect with his sister, Prince Jackson in high school joined a student-run club that unites LGBTQ + youth and allies. “Not many people can say that they have siblings supporting them like this.”
In 2020, Paris Jackson and her boyfriend Gabriel Glenn – who formed the acoustic duo The Soundflowers – had a documentary series on Facebook Watch called “Unfiltered,” which provided a glimpse into her private life. Jackson revealed self-harm and suicide attempts in his testimonies, and said music was a way to channel his pain. She released her first solo album “Wilted” in November.
“Red Table Talk” recently made headlines with interviews with Olivia Jade Gianulli, Kelly Osbourne and when Pinkett Smith and her husband, Will Smith, discussed their marriage.