Paris Jackson's alleged suicide attempt was surely a cry for help, but the reasons behind the teen's unhappiness may never be known.
While the Jackson family is embroiled in Michael Jackson's wrongful death trial, and Paris and her siblings were slated to take the stand -- a stressful event for any child -- the 15-year-old has also been vocal about the fact that she has been a victim of bullying.
According to E! News, Paris recently revealed that she feels like "an outsider" and doesn't fit in at school. An insider told E!, "She has been complaining recently about feeling bullied at school. She does not have very many true friends there, and she doesn't feel like she really fits in there. She's very creatively minded and felt like an outsider…She hasn't been feeling very happy there at all."
On the outside, Paris seemed like a typical teen -- or as typical as a teen can be after growing up in the spotlight. She's a cheerleader for her school's basketball team, and last week she posted a YouTube video sharing her makeup tips and saying, "Yes, I have acne."
But bullying has been a topic that Paris has brought up on numerous occasions.
In an interview on "Oprah's Next Chapter" last year, Paris told Oprah Winfrey, "A lot of people don't like me. At school some people try to cyber bully me. They try to get to me with words, but that doesn't really work."
She later told Glamour, "The clique in my class, they don't like me or my friend because we're outside of the box. We're not copycats. Prince calls me goth, but I'm more rock 'n' roll. A ton of kids at school have made fun of me; if I had to give advice to other girls, I would say, 'Hang loose and ignore them. They shouldn't faze you no matter how popular they think they are.'"
Sadly, celeb status doesn't make a teen exempt from bullying -- and may even make it worse.
"Twilight" star Robert Pattinson told Parade, "I got beaten up by a lot of people when I was younger. I liked to behave like an actor, or how I thought an actor was supposed to be, and that apparently provoked a lot of people into hitting me."
In her 2009 autobiography, "Miley Cyrus: Miles To Go," popstar Miley Cyrus detailed her experiences with bullies. The former "Hannah Montana" star wrote: "The girls took it beyond normal bullying. These were big, tough girls [known as] the Anti-Miley Club… I was scrawny and short. They were fully capable of doing me bodily harm." Miley described being locked in a school bathroom ("I spent what felt like an hour in there, waiting for someone to rescue me, wondering how my life had gotten so messed up," she wrote), and revealed verbal abuse that included digs at her famous dad, Billy Ray Cyrus. She wrote that her tormentors told her: "Your dad's a one-hit wonder. You'll never amount to anything-just like him."
When a teen Jessica Simpson got her first record deal, the taunting began. According to Us Weekly, the pop singer said, "I would walk down the school halls and hear people talking about me. Some of them would throw toilet paper at my house or throw eggs at my door. They would also write things on the sidewalk in permanent marker. They really hated me."
Even Prince Harry has been bullied. According to the Daily Mail, the royal son revealed that as a student he was bullied over his red hair, and was teased "for being ginger." His army pals have even called him "Ginger Bullet Magnet."
As for Paris Jackson, last year she told Glamour, "I'm going to enjoy my childhood, because the older I get, the more it sucks."
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