Paris Jackson says 'practicing self-love' helps her cope with mental health issues

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Paris Jackson shared her mental health struggles in a new interview. (Photo: Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic)
Paris Jackson shared her mental health struggles in a new interview. (Photo: Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic)

Paris Jackson opened up about how she manages her mental health while living under a microscope.

The 24-year-old American Horror Stories actress, who is the new face of KVD Beauty, spoke to PopSugar this week about how she deals with society’s pressure to look a certain way as a public figure.

“Recently, I've learned how to cope with it all by practicing self-love and affirmations and diving deeper into my spiritual life," the star, who is the daughter of the late Michael Jackson, explained to the outlet. "It wasn't until the last couple of years that I've started feeling really good about myself and my body, and feeling comfortable and everything. Those moments of self-love aren't 24/7, but the bad moments are fewer and further between."

Jackson added that she tries to keep an “open mind” about not only makeup, but “everything” in her life.

"I was raised by a free-love, hippie-type dude, so we were taught that beauty comes from the inside,” she noted, “and to this day, I still believe that."

Jackson has previously spoken about her battle with mental health issues. She told Rolling Stone in 2017 that she had tried to die by suicide on multiple occasions, and that she engaged in self-harming behaviors following a sexual assault at age 14. She sought help for her mental health issues at a treatment facility in 2019.

In 2021, she spoke to Willow Smith on the Facebook Watch series Red Table Talk about how the intense paparazzi attention took a toll on her mental health, and shared that she suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Jackson said at the time that she had underwent a therapy known as Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) in order to manage.

"I do catch it affecting my personal relationships, especially romantic relationships," she said at the time. "PTSD can pretty much affect every aspect of your life. I've just started the healing process."

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