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We haven't had an update on Paris Jackson for a while, so we're relieved to give you a good one. Michael Jackson's 15-year-old daughter has been under psychiatric care since she attempted suicide in June. Now her grandmother Katherine Jackson, speaking about the incident for the first time, says that Paris is "doing much better."
"She is in a good place, getting the help she needs," Katherine, 83, told Hello! magazine.
Paris was rushed to the hospital on June 5 after writing a suicide note, taking 20 Motrin, slashing her wrists with a knife and calling a suicide hotline. The teenager was immediately placed under psychiatric care, and spent several weeks at UCLA Medical Center in Los Angeles. In mid-June, Paris was transferred to a private residential facility that specializes in helping troubled teens. She's still living at the facility, where she's attending school and participating in therapy.
"The treatment is going good, really good. She's my baby. It's hard for me, really hard," Katherine told the magazine. "All I wanted these kids to be is happy. The night Michael died Paris was crying and said 'I want to go and see Daddy, I don't want to be without him.'"
It's reportedly been an emotionally harrowing year for Paris, who lost her legendary father in 2009. The ongoing wrongful-death trial has dredged up painful memories of Michael's death, and upsetting new allegations against him. Although Katherine is Paris's legal guardian, she has been attempting to forge a relationship with her biological mother Debbie Rowe, which appears to have created tension within the Jackson family. Then there's the cyber-bullying, which Katherine fully admits that she can't comprehend.
"(Michael) instilled good manners but it's a different generation, of course, and I don't understand the whole social media thing. They are always on their phones," Katherine told Hello!.
It's never easy to be a 15-year-old girl, and Paris has a lot more hurdles to overcome than most. We're happy to hear that she's getting the help she needs, and that her family is being supportive. Hopefully her siblings Prince, 16, and Blanket, 11, are hanging in there, too.