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As Michael Jackson's only daughter, Paris Jackson was never destined to have an easy life. So it's almost a relief that Paris seems so sweet, smart and normal. In an interview with Oprah Winfrey that aired Sunday on OWN, 14-year-old Paris fondly remembered her father (who died in 2009) and talked about moving forward with her life. She did, however, admit that there were some pitfalls to living as a "normal" kid. Watch a clip of the interview, below.
"(Kids try to bully me) at school. Some people have tried to cyberbully me," Paris revealed. "They try to get to me with words, but that doesn't really work."
That said, she seems happy to be attending private school after an early life of home-schooling.
"It's more normal, it's more fun," she explained. "The social life has gotten better -- I mean, there's drama, but..."
Who doesn't have drama at age 14, right? Paris said that she's dealt with her peer problems by freezing out anyone who doesn't want to be around her for the right reasons.
"If I feel someone is being fake to me, I will just push away," said Paris.
Even though she had to wear masks in public (a decision that sounded reasonable when Paris explained it to Oprah) and traveled constantly, Paris has many happy memories of her childhood. She described how her family used to watch movies together, projected on the wall of their hotel room, when their father was on the road. When asked for her favorite recollection, Paris described a time when Michael took her to Las Vegas for some father-daughter bonding.
"I remember one time when we were in Vegas, it would just be me and him -- we'd call it 'quality time.' Me and our dad, we'd get Snickers and soda," Paris recalled. "We usually wouldn't eat junk food at all when we were younger. So we got all this junk food and then we brought it up to the room. That was one of my favorite memories."
Surprisingly, it sounds like Michael wasn't overly indulgent with his children; he made them eat healthy food, and he grounded them when they fought. Of course, he went nuts with the presents at Christmas. And what did his children get him, the man who had everything, in return?
"We would usually just go and take his stuff and wrap it," Paris admitted in an interview extra. "If he had something that he really liked, we'd take it and we'd wrap it in wrapping paper and go, 'Here!'"
Giving the King of Pop his own stuff for Christmas? Priceless.