Paris Jackson said she didn't grasp father's fame until after his death
Paris Jackson said she didn't realize how famous her father Michael Jackson was until after his untimely death in 2009.
Jackson, 13, gave a rare interview to the "Ellen" on Thursday, a month after Dr. Conrad Murray was convicted in the death of her father.
“When I was really little, I didn’t know,” she said, speaking of Michael Jackson's fame. “I knew, like, ‘Yeah, he has a few songs out,’ but I just figured everyone did that.”
Jackson said on the talk show that she was living a fairly normal life, attending a Los Angeles-area school and planning to appear in an upcoming movie.
"I'm treated the same," Paris Jackson said. When she's at her school, "they didn't know who I was. I was like, yes, I have a chance to be normal."
While Paris Jackson and her sibling didn't testify in the Murray trial, prosecutors frequently cited them, reminding the jury they were left orphaned.
In a transcript of an interview with Jackson played in court, Murray recounted talking to Jackson's family at the hospital after the singer had been pronounced dead.
"His daughter uttered a lot of words of unhappiness, and you know, she will live alone without her dad and she didn't want to be an orphan," Murray said, according to the transcript.
The doctor said he told Paris Jackson that he "tried my best."
"And she said, 'I know that, Dr. Murray. At least I know,' " Murray recalled. " 'I know you tried your best.' "
The 58-year-old cardiologist, convicted of involuntary manslaughter Nov. 7, has lost or is in the process of losing medical licenses he holds in three states.
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Photo: Paris Jackson will appear on "Ellen." Credit: Dave J Hogan / Getty Images
“When I was really little, I didn’t know that [he was such a big deal],” she said. “I knew, like, ‘Yeah, he has a few songs out,’ but I just figured everyone did that.”