Paris Touches The World
July 8, 2009 at 4:27 AM (PT)
"The titans of the entertainment world gathered with MICHAEL JACKSON's biggest fans YESTERDAY (NET NEWS 7/7) to sing his praises and his songs at a memorial service -- but it was his weeping young daughter who brought down the house," writes TODAY's NEW YORK POST.
"At the end of the emotional two-hour event at the STAPLES CENTER in L.A., as the JACKSON family crowded together onstage, a hush fell over the crowd amid whispers that 11-year-old PARIS MICHAEL -- whose lifetime of public exposure had amounted to a few paparazzi photos -- wanted to say something.
"With her uncle RANDY on one side and aunt JANET on the other, the little girl inched toward the microphone.
"I just wanted to say," she began hesitantly.
"Speak up, sweetheart, speak up," JANET encouraged, sweeping the girl's long hair back. "And get close."
"Then PARIS began again:
"Ever since I was born, Daddy has been the best father you could ever imagine," she said, her voice cracking and her mouth beginning to quiver with emotion.
"And I just wanted to say I love him so much."
Then, tears streaming down her face, PARIS melted into the arms of JANET, who soothed, "It's OK, baby. It's OK," holding PARIS close and gathering her older brother, PRINCE MICHAEL, 12, into the embrace."