Name at birth: Paris Michael Katharine Jackson
Paris Katharine Jackson is the second child, and the only daughter, of pop musician Michael Jackson. Paris Jackson was born in 1998 to Jackson's second wife, Deborah Rowe. The details of her birth were never discussed openly by Jackson or Rowe, but it has been widely reported Paris and her older brother Michael Joseph Jackson, Jr. (known as Prince, b. 1997) were conceived via artificial insemination, then carried to term by Rowe. Michael Jackson and Rowe were divorced in 1999, and Rowe renounced her parental rights, reportedly in return for a mulit-million dollar payment. Paris Jackson was shielded from the media during most of her childhood, often wearing a mask during her rare public appearances with her father. Michael Jackson died in 2009, and during his memorial service at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, Paris startled fans by stepping up to the microphone to say tearfully of her father, "Ever since I was born, daddy has been the best father you could ever imagine... I just want to say I love him so much." On June 5, 2013, she was rushed to the hospital by ambulance with an unspecified medical emergency; although some news outlets reported it as a suicide attempt, the family did not confirm or specify the nature of the emergency.
Michael Jackson had a third child, Prince Michael Jackson II (nicknamed Blanket) in 2002; Prince was born to a surrogate mother whose identity has never been disclosed? All three of Michael Jackson?s children had the name ?Michael? included in their own names? Katharine Jackson, Michael Jackson?s mother, was awarded custody of Paris and her two brothers on 3 August 2009. Debbie Rowe was given visitation and legal parental rights.
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