Even eleven years after Michael’s death from an overdose of prescription drugs, Paris still carries the scars of a childhood that took an unexpected and devastating turn.
When the King of Pop died, ushering in a chaotic, years-long struggle with family infighting and multiple suicide attempts by Paris, she moved out of her home at 18. On her own, she found and lost love on at least two occasions, but those close to her said Glenn felt like the real deal.
The pair met in 2018 when Glenn’s heavy metal band, The Trash Dogs, played a show in Hollywood with Paris’ cousin, Austin Brown. Insiders said Paris was enamored with Glenn’s ukulele performance and recruited him for her folk-pop group The Soundflowers.
“They were inseparable from the start,” her relative told The Post. “She got her cousin’s blessing that Glenn was a good guy, and she never looked back.”
Paris viewed Glenn much differently than her previous romances, including drummer Michael Snoddy, actor Tom Kilbey and model Cara Delevingne.
“She really thought she had a partner, if not for the rest of her life, but at least the type of bond where they could always depend upon each other,” the relative added. “She walked different with Gabe; she talked differently. The way she looked at him, you knew this was special. At least, we all thought.”
They confirmed their breakup in August after two years of dating.
Despite the heartbreak, a family source said that worries about Paris relapsing into previous self-harming tendencies and suicidal behavior have subsided. But it has been a long and agonizing road to get there.
Michael Jackson (inset, with younger Paris) and Paris Jackson
In 2013, Paris reportedly was hospitalized in Los Angeles after cutting her wrist and overdosing on prescription medication. Family members characterized it as a suicide attempt, which Paris later acknowledged in a 2017 interview with Rolling Stone.
Just one year earlier, then-14-year-old Paris was captured on a surveillance video fighting with her aunt Janet Jackson.
On Friday, the 22-year-old daughter of Michael Jackson released her debut solo album, “Wilted,” channeling the heartache of her breakup with ex-boyfriend Gabriel Glenn this past summer. Her latest foray into music is filled with tracks that reflect a hard life spent in the public eye.
The emotional first single, “Let Down,” is accompanied by a video that opens with Paris shedding a tear of blood while singing somber lyrics declaring, “You were my all / And now I fall to the ground / you hit the wall / And now I crawl underground.”
Even though the album is described by those close to her as “more punk than pop,” the dark and woodsy setting for the “Let Down” music video nods to her late father’s famous “Thriller” film. Indeed, Michael Jackson has left his mark on Paris.