It sadly took a deadly disease, but Paris Jackson reconciled with her mother this summer.
Back in early July, Debbie Rowe shared that she had been diagnosed with breast cancer, a potentially fatal and tragic development, but one that ended up with a silver lining:
It brought her 18-year old daughter back into her life.
Soon after losing her famous father, Paris spiraled downward for a number of years, turning to drugs and alcohol and even attempting suicide.
Her relationship with her mother fell apart as a result.
On Mother’s Day 2016, Paris unfollowed Rowe on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook, prompting Debbie to wrote an open letter to her child on Facebook.
“One of the saddest things in this world is to see a child grow up hating one of their parents because they only got one side of the story,” Rowe wrote at the time.
The mother to Paris and Prince Jackson, Rowe married Michael Jackson in 1996.
According to TMZ, however, Jackson reached out to her mom after reading an article about Rowe’s battle against breast cancer.
Sources say Debbie was overjoyed at the time in July when she received a text message that simply read: “I love you.”
Fast forward a few months and it’s clear the bond between daughter and mother is once again very strong.
Consider the picture Paris shared over the weekend on Instagram.
“I’m a fighter because she’s a fighter. Love you mom,” Paris captioned the sweet image of her proudly kissing Rowe’s bald held.
Rowe is currently undergoing chemotherapy.
Paris is echoing Rowe’s words with this statement, as Debbie confirmed her cancer diagnosis to Entertainment Tonight in July and said via statement:
“I’m a fighter and always have been.”
Paris, meanwhile, could use all the inspiration she can find these days.
It’s been a very tough journey for the teenager, ever since her dad passed away.
In mid-September, Paris released a heartbreaking video on YouTube, crying over cyberbullying attacks and talking about her suicide attempts.
“I don’t understand how there can be so much hatred in the world right now,” the 18-year said in the footage, which we’ve shared below.
“I’ve tried sticking up for myself. I’ve tried the whole blocking the haters thing, not reading the comments, I’ve tried a lot of things. Ignoring it. But it’s hard.”
Jackson attempted suicide in 2013 and confessed this summer that she has tattoos on her arms to cover up scars from past instances of self-harm.
Addressing bullies online and in real life, Jackson added:
“We got hearts and brains and feelings, and when you say damaging things like that to people, it f–ks ’em up.”
Watch the moving video below:
We send our thoughts and prayers to both Paris and Rowe.
Perhaps through this dark times for both of them, they can at least continue to come together and find some light.