January 17, 2019 / 12:59 AM / 6 months ago

'Better than ever,' Paris Jackson dismisses treatment report

FILE PHOTO: Actress Paris Jackson poses for a photo before attending the Versace presentation in New York, U.S. December 2, 2018. REUTERS/Allison Joyce/File Photo

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Paris Jackson, the only daughter of late singer Michael Jackson, on Wednesday played down reports that she is undergoing treatment, saying she is “happy, healthy, and better than ever.”

Jackson, 20, said in an Instagram post that she had taken a break from work and social media. But she said, “The media is exaggerating” when it reported earlier this week that she had checked herself into a treatment facility for her “emotional and physical health.”

“Yes i’ve taken a break from work and social media and my phone because it can be too much sometimes, and everyone deserves a break, but i am happy and healthy and feeling better than ever!,” she wrote.

Jackson, who was just 11 years old when her father died suddenly in 2009, has spoken in the past of struggles with depression. In a 2017 interview, she said she slashed her wrists in a 2013 suicide attempt.

In the past two years, Jackson has forged a modeling career and made her feature film acting debut in the dark comedy “Gringo.” Last year she formed a band called The Soundflowers. Her mother is Debbie Rowe, who was married to Michael Jackson for about three years.

Reporting by Jill Serjeant; Editing by Cynthia Osterman

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