Jermaine Jackson Says He Needs to Make Sure Niece Paris Jackson Is OK Because Fame Can “Break You”

What a good uncle!

The late Michael Jackson’s brother Jermaine Jackson is really looking out for his 18-year-old niece, Paris Jackson, following the King of Pop’s unfortunate passing.

Paris has come into the spotlight lately with her modeling, so Jermaine is doing what he always promised he’d do, which is take care of her. “We’re very proud of Paris. I just think we have to make sure she is ok because this business not kind to anybody. It can break you,” he told The Sun Online in a new interview.

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Jermaine comforting Paris at Michael’s funeral.

“You have to know when to hold them, when to fold them, when to make your move and when to hold back,” he added. “She’s had an incredible logic path — she’s had the entire Jackson family legacy as the logic.”

It was previously revealed that Paris has the same “passionate personality” that her father did, which could explain why she claims she was his favorite kid. “I wasn’t around a lot of other girls. When I was a kid, I was with my dad and my two brothers,” Paris recently shared. “Growing up, I was treated as the favorite because I was the only girl. I was the princess; I was perfect in my dad’s eyes.”

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As far as following in his footsteps with fame, “It’s a feeling of doing something important, that actually matters, that’s going to impact people,” Paris said. “Plenty of times I’ve thought about not doing anything in the public eye and having my own private life. Then I started seeing how everything in the world is going. And I feel like each year it’s getting worse.”

“After a long time of thinking, I started to really see the kind of impact I already have on people, how I was born with a plat­form, and I didn’t want to waste it,” she added about being famous.

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And Uncle Jermaine couldn’t be more supportive. “We’re there for Paris and all the kids… whoever wants to do something we’re there. We have to hope they keep it in an integral role because as a family we never sold out, we always kept it on the level that people would expect us to,” he said. “We’ve always kept it great and that is the challenge. If they want to walk in our success, that’s what they have to do.”

Paris added, “There are so many people who work their entire lives to create a platform and mine was just handed to me,” Paris continued. “Why not use it for something important?”

Click through the gallery below to see Michael Jackson’s kids through the years!