Paris Jackson is the second child, and the only daughter, of pop musician Michael Jackson.
She was born in 1996 to Jackson's second wife, Deborah Rowe. The details of her birth were never discussed openly by Jackson or Rowe, but it has been widely reported Paris and her older brother Michael Joseph Jackson, Jr. (known as Prince, b. 1997) were conceived via artificial insemination, then carried to term by Rowe.
Jackson and Rowe were divorced in 1999, and Rowe renounced her parental rights, reportedly in return for a mulit-million dollar payment.
Paris was shielded from the media during most of her childhood, often wearing a mask during her rare public appearances with her father.
Michael Jackson died in 2009, and during his memorial service at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, Paris startled fans by stepping up to the microphone to say tearfully of her father, "Ever since I was born, daddy has been the best father you could ever imagine... I just want to say I love him so much."