Paris Jackson opens up on mental health struggles

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Paris Jackson has opened up on her mental health struggles and revealed she tried to take her own life "many times".

The only daughter of King Of Pop Michael Jackson detailed her battle with body image issues and described turning to self harming as a way of coping.

During the latest episode of her Facebook Watch series, she said: "I was the only girl of four boys for the first 10, 11 years of my life. Because I was the only girl, my dad loved playing dress-up. I looked like a porcelain doll and I hated it."

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(FILE) Paris Jackson Attempted Suicide. BEVERLY HILLS, LOS ANGELES, CA, USA - FEBRUARY 24: Actress Paris Jackson wearing a Hearts On Fire necklace, Christian Louboutin shoes and Jimmy Choo clutch arrives at the 2019 Vanity Fair Oscar Party held at the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts on February 24, 2019 in Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, California, United States. (Photo by Xavier Collin/Image Press Agency/Sipa USA)
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Paris Jackson arrives at the 2018 LACMA Art + Film Gala held at LACMA in Los Angeles, CA on Saturday, ?November 3, 2018. (Photo By Sthanlee B. Mirador/Sipa USA)
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Paris Jackson attendsThe Daily Front Row 6th Annual Fashion Media Awards at the Park Hyatt NY in New York, NY on September 6, 2018. (Photo by Stephen Smith/SIPA USA)
Paris Jackson, Prince Jackson attending the Michael Jackson Birthday Diamond Celebration, Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino, Las Vegas, Nv
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Paris Jackson walking on the red carpet at The Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute Benefit celebrating the opening of Heavenly Bodies : Fashion and the Catholic Imagination held at The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, NY, on May 7, 2018. (Photo by Anthony Behar/Sipa USA)
Paris Jackson, Stella McCartney and Miley Cyrus attending the Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute Benefit Gala 2018 in New York, USA.
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BEVERLY HILLS, CA - APRIL 8: Paris Jackson, Jeremy Scott and Francis Bean Cobain at The Daily Front Row's Fourth Annual Fashion Los Angeles Awards at the Beverly Hills Hotel on April 8, 2018 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Scott Kirkland/PictureGroup/Sipa USA)
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Paris Jackson arriving at the Vanity Fair Oscar Party held in Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, USA.
Paris Jackson wearing Stella McCartney arrives to the Stella McCartney Women's Autumn 2018 and Men's Autumn Winter 2018 Collection Presentation, held at SIR Studios in Hollywood California, Tuesday, January 16, 2017. (Photo by Elise Leclerc)
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Paris Jackson attending The Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute Benefit Gala 2017, in New York City, USA. Photo Credit should read: Doug Peters/EMPICS Entertainment.
Paris Jackson attending The Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute Benefit Gala 2017, in New York City, USA. Photo Credit should read: Doug Peters/EMPICS Entertainment.
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Paris Jackson arrives at the 28th Annual GLAAD Media Awards held at the Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills, CA on Saturday, April 1, 2017. (Photo By Sthanlee B. Mirador) *** Please Use Credit from Credit Field ***
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Following the death of her father in 2009, Paris started gaining weight while living with her grandmother, Katherine Jackson, and said she became addicted to food.

"Food became an addiction and then a cousin called me fat so I was like, 'OK, I can't do that anymore.' And that's how I fell into self-harm," she said.

"I would cut and burn myself," Paris added. "I never thought that I would die from it because I was always in control of the razor and I knew how deep I was going."

The singer and model made the admission during the second episode of her docuseries with her boyfriend, titled Unfiltered: Paris Jackson & Gabriel Glenn.

She told how she was constantly looking for a "dopamine release," which led to attempts on her own life.

She said: "There's a lot of things that cause a dopamine release. Self-harm was one of them, tattoos was one of them and so there was that and then also it was a distraction from emotional pain and transferring to physical pain and the need for control."

She added: "Yes, I tried to kill myself many times."

Paris, whose mother is Debbie Rowe, was 11 when her father died.

Paris credits boyfriend and bandmate Gabriel Glenn with improving her mental health and now hopes to inspire others.

She said: "I still struggle to accept myself but that's what I want to influence. I want to influence self-acceptance and courage and being comfortable in your own skin. I'm just working on content, trying to be content. Baby steps."

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