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Paris Jackson was sexually assaulted by stranger as a teenager

Paris Jackson states that her late dad Michael Jackson will "always be my father".

Paris Jackson suffered a sexual assault at the hands of a stranger as a teenager.

The 18-year-old daughter of late pop singer Michael Jackson has opened up about her tumultuous upbringing in a wide-ranging interview with Rolling Stone magazine, where she touches upon her battles with addiction and depression.

Following the death of her father in 2009, Paris admits that she "tried to grow up fast" and was mixing with the wrong crowd after agreeing to attend a private school after previously being homeschooled.

During this time, when she was aged 14, the aspiring actress was preyed upon by a "complete stranger".

"I don't wanna give too many details," she told the publication. "But it was not a good experience at all, and it was really hard for me, and, at the time, I didn't tell anybody."

Paris describes herself as "desensitised" to the idea of death, and also opens up about her struggles with overwhelming depression and drug addiction which eventually led her to attempt suicide in June, 2013. She added that before then, she had already attempted suicide "multiple times".

"It was self-hatred," she admitted, revealing that social media criticism caused her great anxiety. "Low self-esteem, thinking that I couldn't do anything right, not thinking I was worthy of living anymore."

Paris, who appears on the cover of Rolling Stone wearing a yellow jacket with a halo image around her head, goes on to explain that she's since cleaned up her life following spending her sophomore year and half of junior year in a therapeutic school in Utah.

Meanwhile, the blonde star also addresses reports that Michael was not the biological father of Paris and her two brothers Prince (Michael Joseph Jackson), 19, and Prince Michael II, 14, who has been nicknamed Blanket. "He is my father. He will always be my father," asserts Paris, whose mother is former nurse Debbie Rowe. "He never wasn't, and he never will not be," she continued, adding that she never wants to discuss the topic again. "People that knew him really well say they see him in me, that it's almost scary."

"I consider myself black," she stated, adding that her African-American father "would look me in the eyes and he'd point his finger at me and he'd be like, 'You're black. Be proud of your roots.'"

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