Paris Jackson reflects on lessons her father Michael taught her

MEGAN STONE
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Paris Jackson, the daughter of the late Michael Jackson, recently opened up on some of the lessons her father taught her.

Speaking Tuesday with Naomi Campbell on the supermodel's No Filter YouTube series, Jackson said she feels her dad raised her to be "cultured" and not "entitled."

"My dad was really good about making sure we were cultured, making sure we were educated, and not just showing us like the glitz and glam, like hotel-hopping, five-star places," the 22-year-old said.

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"It was also like, we saw everything. We saw third-world countries. We saw every part of the spectrum," the "let down" singer added.

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Jackson said that she believes her father also made sure to teach her the value of hard work, which fostered her work ethic. "I'm also a full believer that I should earn everything," she said. "Even growing up it was about earning stuff. If we wanted five toys from FAO Schwarz or Toys 'R' Us, we had to read five books."

Jackson described the mentality her father passed onto her as, "It's earning it, not just being entitled to certain things or thinking 'Oh I got this.' It's ... working hard for it."

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The singer also said that when she does earn something, it feels like an "accomplishment," which is why she said she doesn't rely on her famous father to help make her name in the music industry. "I go to auditions, I work hard, I study scripts, I do my thing," she said.

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Jackson, who released debut solo album "Wilted" in November 2020, also touched upon something else her late father gave her -- her taste in music.

"He loved classical music and jazz. And hip-hop and R&B and obviously the Motown stuff ... Radio's Top 40," she shared with a smile. "He loved rock music, soft rock. The Beatles. So we grew up around all of that."

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