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Exclusive: Paris Jackson MIA One Month from Social Media, Family and Friends Concerned About Silence


Paris Jackson is MIA.

Michael Jackson’s gifted, bright 20 year old daughter has been a social media regular for the last four or five years.

But her Instagram postings came to a halt on December 12, 2018. And her Twitter feed stops abruptly on December 14th, ending with a quote from Oscar Wilde: “Who, being loved, is poor?”

During the summer and fall, tabloids reported that Paris had a new boyfriend, a musician named Gabriel Glenn. They’d announced a band of some kind called The Soundflowers, which several reports mistook for The Wallflowers.

News of the boyfriend was a surprise as Paris had only recently announced her sexual fluidity, and that she was oriented toward women. She wrote on Instagram stories, as reported by ABC News: “I came out when I was 14,” she began. “I’ve referred to the community as ‘my fellow LGBTQ+’ on stage before. I’ve talked about having a crush on girls when I was 8 in my Rolling Stone article. There are pictures of me kissing girls online. Why are people just now saying this is news?” She added: “I am not bisexual.”

Very little is known about Gabriel Glenn, although Paris had earlier posted some videos and photos to her Instagram account. Insiders say she’s in a “hippie” mode, and some reports claimed the pair were holed up and doing drugs together.

But a month is a long time for any 20 year old to be away from social media, let alone one who has modeling and acting contracts. After a rough patch following her father’s tragic death, Paris seemed to come into her own as eloquent and prodigious. She and her older brother, Prince Jackson, obviously had a strong foundation laid by Michael Jackson. (Their younger brother, Bigi, aka Blanket, is not yet that public, appropriately so.)

But now fans are starting to wonder where Paris is because a new documentary about Michael, slated for the Sundance Film Festival this month, is causing alarm. The film, called “Leaving Neverland,” purportedly repeats the unfounded claims of two men who say they suffered sexual misconduct by Michael Jackson when they were children. The claims are specious at best, and lacking verification. The film sounds like a rare misstep for Sundance. (All the claims were thrown out by courts.)

It could be that Paris has just had enough defending her dad, and has taken time off. But her ribald sense of humor is missed, and it’s hoped she’ll be back and better than ever soon.

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Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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