It’s hard to believe it’s been nearly a decade since the death of Michael Jackson.
His music influenced generations of musicians and earned him a global fanbase. With such dizzying levels of superstardom – and his very own back garden theme park – its easy to forget he was also a dad.
His daughter Paris was just a child at the time of his death back in 2009. MJ was 50-years-old. Yet now, she’s now a super-stylish 20-year-old; working as an actor and model and it’s clear she’s never forgotten her famous father.
Just Dance at DMS. Rocking it with Michael Jackson :) pic.twitter.com/PSzVTW01Pf
— Devon Middle School (@devon_middle) April 10, 2018
Taking to Twitter mere days after her twentieth birthday, Paris tweeted a black and white picture of her being hugged from either side by both her parents. All three are beaming in the picture and for a moment, this appears to be a close family moment.
However, on second glance its clear the un-captioned image is photoshopped. It shows Paris as an adult rather than the little girl she’d been when Michael was still alive.
Furthermore, due to their bitter custody battle, it’s highly unlikely her father and mother, Debbie Rowe, would have posed together for a happy family portrait.
Unfortunately, the picture gained a negative response from some people, with one follower describing it as being ‘creepy AF.’
At this, the proud daughter gave the following reply; causing tears to spill all over Twitter:
No i think it’s nice to dream about what it would be like to have parents, and to have it put into something i can see, even if it’s a fan made edit.
I wish this would be a real family pic
— ? SaRah ? (@Sarah_ayala96) April 10, 2018
Luckily, plenty of fans completely understood where Paris was coming from and viewed the picture as being ‘beautiful.’
One person tweeted:
I love edits of you they like make you think of what could have been it’s like imagination really it makes me think of what my life could have been….interesting.
That’s so nice that people make those for you, I’ve seen some great ones. Not like the real thing, I know, but still an awesome thing to see and it’s cool how you show appreciation for them.
This is the most beautiful thing I’ve ever seen, R.I.P. Michael I miss you so much, there’s no day come by without me thinking of you, you’re the one who makes me smile, I can’t think of how my life would be like without you, i L.O.V.E. you❤️
— Joory.s? (@Jojo55538527) April 10, 2018
He would be proud of the great woman you have become. You were blessed to have had such a great father and inspiration to many around the world. He might be gone but his memories live on.
— Cynthia Mtz (@CindyRdz7) April 10, 2018
i adore the Pic ?.. I wish your mama is well and very healthy and should feel very proud of her little star, she deserves and you too dear! God bless and always protect ♥ with a life full of love and happiness♥?
— ANDREIA =7 (@AndreiaLuizas) April 10, 2018
I love edits of you they like make you think of what could have been it’s like imagination really it makes me think of what my life could have been….interesting pic.twitter.com/tfCoMiGUq9
— That one jackson stan (@Themagicwashere) April 10, 2018
That’s so nice that people make those for you, I’ve seen some great ones. Not like the real thing, I know, but still an awesome thing to see and it’s cool how you show appreciation for them ❤️
— Amber Nicole (@Lady_Luxury_93) April 10, 2018
Some fans even went as far as to show Paris some more edits depicting her hanging out with her dad.
One piccy showed a young Michael looking over his daughter’s shoulder; both of them wearing similar blue jeans.
Another emotional photograph showed them embracing and grinning into the camera at Paris’ birthday bash.
Whatever you may think of Paris’ tribute, if it can help her deal with her grief and keep her father’s memory alive then she deserves our full support.
Speaking with Rolling Stone back in 2016, Paris spoke openly about grieving for her dad, who she claims still visits her in her dreams:
They always say, ‘Time heals,’ But it really doesn’t. You just get used to it. I live life with the mentality of ‘OK, I lost the only thing that has ever been important to me.’
So going forward, anything bad that happens can’t be nearly as bad as what happened before. So I can handle it.
I love this so much. I don’t doubt he’d be so proud of you. I hope you know that. Love you lots keep being you and don’t ever change. ❤️❤️
— Kat Flood (@enbyfairyking) April 10, 2018
Beautiful. Both are so proud of you. Michael is smiling watching over you ?
— ♕ina (e-na) • ??? (@4EverINAxo) April 10, 2018
This is so sweet. We all miss him too Paris <3 you're dad is a kind soul that will never be forgotten
— killuminati (@apexperro) April 10, 2018
If you’ve experienced a bereavement and would like to speak with someone in confidence contact Cruse Bereavement Care via their national helpline on 0808 808 1677.
Jules studied English Literature with Creative Writing at Lancaster University before earning her masters in International Relations at Leiden University in The Netherlands (Hoi!). She then trained as a journalist through News Associates in Manchester. Jules has previously worked as a mental health blogger, copywriter and freelancer for various publications.