Paris Jackson, the middle child and only daughter of pop music legend Michael Jackson, unveiled a tattoo Tuesday honoring her late father.
Captioning a black-and-white Instagram photo showing script on her left forearm near her wrist, Jackson, who turned 18 on Sunday, said it spelled, “ ‘Queen of My Heart’ in his handwriting. To everyone else he was the King of Pop. To me, well, he was the king of my heart. Thank you @dermagraphink, you’re a legend,” she added, referring to tattoo artist Justin Lewis of Timeless Tattoo in Hollywood.
Lewis also posted an Instagram image, showing himself, Jackson and her cousin Austin Brown at the tattoo shop. “Paris Michael Jackson got her tattoo today, letters from her father, so sweet,” he wrote.
On Aug. 7, 2012, the then 14-year-old Jackson tweeted, “I kinda want to get August XXIX tatted on my back,” a reference to Michael Jackson’s birthday on Aug. 29, 1958. When Twitter followers expressed unease at a minor considering a tattoo, she tweeted back, “LOL y’all are trippin’ trying to tell me not to get the tat, when you guys don’t even know what it means . . . it’s my dad’s bday. Get over it.” Both tweets have been deleted.
Jackson and her older brother, Michael Joseph “Prince” Jackson Jr., 19, are Michael Jackson’s children with wife Debbie Rowe, who signed over custody when the couple divorced in 1999. They have a half-brother, Prince Michael “Blanket” Jackson II, 14, whose biological mother is an unidentified surrogate. Paris Jackson was 11 when her father died on June 25, 2009, following cardiac arrest at his home in Los Angeles’ Holmby Hills neighborhood. A coroner’s report in February 2010 determined he had died of acute propofol intoxication. The following year, his personal physician, Dr. Conrad Murray, who had prescribed the medication without proper licensing, received a four-year prison sentence for homicide.