Last night, ABC aired Robin Roberts' much buzzed about interview with Janet Jackson. The two spoke about her brother Michael's death, her weight, her relationship with JD and what's coming up in her career.Here's some of what she had to say.
ESSENCE.COMNov, 11, 2009
Last night, ABC aired Robin Roberts’ much buzzed about interview with Janet Jackson. The two spoke about her brother Michael’s death, her weight, her relationship with JD and what’s coming up in her career.
Here’s some of what she had to say:
On Jermaine Dupris: “I adore him, and we’re still very good friends to this day … that’s all I’ll say.”
And her “booty”: “Now I know there’s nothing wrong with it, thank you to Jermaine Dupris … for loving me the way he does, and making me feel very comfortable with myself … I’m fine the way I am. There’s nothing wrong with me.”
About the Propofol found in Michael’s body: “That was a shocker to me. None of us knew to that extent. That’s serious; that’s heavy.”
On Whether Dr. Conrad Murray is responsible for MJ’s Death: “He was the one that was administering. I think he is responsible.”
On MJ’s high-grossing film ‘This Is It’: “I don’t know if I ever will, but I definitely can’t see it right now…Too soon. Too hard.”
On coping with her brother’s death: I needed to get back to work. It helped me to get through it. I was able to put a lot of my focus someplace else.”
Forty-three-year-old Jackson has been working hard. Her new album ‘Number Ones’ dropped yesterday, she’s starring in Tyler Perry’s ‘Why Did I Get Married Too,’ coming soon and she’s working on a book, ‘True You.’ ______________________________________________________________
UPDATE 11/18/09: In her prime time interview with ABC’s Robin Roberts, “Janet Jackson says she and her family tried to stage drug interventions “a few times,” but were “unsuccessful.”
“Those are the things that you do when you love someone. You can’t just let them continue on that way.” Jackson told Robin. Jackson told Roberts that Michael “understood that it was out of love… but when it’s something like that people can tend to be in denial.”
UPDATE 11/16/09: Janet Jackson’s highly anticipated first interview since her brother’s death airs on Wednesday, November 16. Journalist Robin Roberts speaks with Jackson about Janet’s life, including her childhood and being a part of her mega-celebrity family. Here’s a quick list of some of the topics you can expect them to discuss.
Robin asks Janet if Joe Jackson was “abusive” or “old school.”
“You have to keep in mind that I’m the baby…I think it’s old school. And that may extrapolate into–a–being a little abusive. Do you understand what I’m saying?”
Janet on not having a normal childhood.
“I remember when I had called him daddy, and he said, ‘No you call me Joseph, I’m Joseph to you.’ Never said it again.”
Janet on not celebrating birthdays and holidays.
“I would love to have experienced what it would be like to celebrate Christmas and birthdays. …I had my first birthday party when I was 23 years old. …You kind of feel like you missed something. But then again you have to say to yourself… well, how can you miss what you didn’t have?”