Paris Jackson thinks Michael Jackson was murdered in a “setup”

In what Rolling Stone called her “first-ever in-depth interview,” Paris Jackson opened up about her dad, addiction, depression, and cyberbullies. The interview revealed a lot about the pop star’s daughter, including that Paris thinks Michael Jackson was murdered.

The 18 year old told Rolling Stone’s Brian Hiatt that her dad was “absolutely” murdered. “Because it’s obvious,” she said. “All arrows point to that. It sounds like a total conspiracy theory and it sounds like bullshit, but all real fans and everybody in the family knows it. It was a setup. It was bullshit.” When asked who would have wanted to kill Michael, Paris responded, “A lot of people.” And when it comes to wanting to seek revenge, she said, “Of course. I definitely do, but it’s a chess game. And I am trying to play the chess game the right way. And that’s all I can say about that right now.”

When her dad died of a fatal cocktail of medicines in 2009, Paris was just 11 years old. Jackson’s doctor, Conrad Murray, was convicted of involuntary manslaughter in 2011 for administering the drugs that ultimately killed the star at 50. Paris told Rolling Stone she blames Murray for Michael’s dependence on the anesthetic drug propofol that contributed to his death, but she believes someone else was out to get him.

“He would drop hints about people being out to get him,” she said of her father. “And at some point he was like, ‘They’re gonna kill me one day.'”

Paris shocked everyone when she stepped up at Michael’s funeral to say he was “the best father you could ever imagine,” and today she says she knew exactly what she was doing. “I knew afterward there was gonna be plenty of shit-talking, plenty of people questioning him and how he raised us,” Paris said. “That was the first time I ever publicly defended him, and it definitely won’t be the last.”

The interview also got into Paris’ struggles with drug addiction and her multiple suicide attempts. “It was just self-hatred,” she said, “low self-esteem, thinking that I couldn’t do anything right, not thinking I was worthy of living anymore.” She said now her tattoos cover her scars from self-harm and track marks from drug use, and modeling has helped with her self-esteem.

Now, she said, she’s completely sober and happier than she’s ever been.