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Janet Jackson Interview With Robin Roberts: She Opens Up About Michael's Death

by Jane Boursaw, posted Nov 19th 2009 1:16AM
Robin Roberts talks to Janet JacksonIt's eerie how much Janet Jackson sounds like her brother Michael. Not only are they both super-talented when it comes to dancing and singing, but they share that same softspoken voice, as if they're in the eye of a storm swirling around them. And that's certainly proven to be the case.

At her oceanside home in Malibu, California, the 43-year-old star opened up to 'Good Morning America' anchor Robin Roberts. It's clear Jackson is still grieving over the death of Michael, who died June 25, but she's also forging a new path for herself, with a new single and video, 'Make Me,' and a collection of hits, titled 'Number Ones.'

One thing that came up is her relationship with record producer Jermaine Dupri. Though it was widely rumored that the two finally married after dating for seven years, Jackson says it's over. "I adore him, and we're still very good friends to this day ... that's all I'll say." Jackson says she's single and focusing on work right now.Robin Roberts talks to Janet JacksonIt's eerie how much Janet Jackson sounds like her brother Michael. Not only are they both super-talented when it comes to dancing and singing, but they share that same softspoken voice, as if they're in the eye of a storm swirling around them. And that's certainly proven to be the case.

At her oceanside home in Malibu, California, the 43-year-old star opened up to 'Good Morning America' anchor Robin Roberts. It's clear Jackson is still grieving over the death of Michael, who died June 25, but she's also forging a new path for herself, with a new single and video, 'Make Me,' and a collection of hits, titled 'Number Ones.'

One thing that came up is her relationship with record producer Jermaine Dupri. Though it was widely rumored that the two finally married after dating for seven years, Jackson says it's over. "I adore him, and we're still very good friends to this day ... that's all I'll say." Jackson says she's single and focusing on work right now.

Jackson's weight has been a source of struggle, both in her private life and in the tabloids. Teased as a girl, she was always told, "You're not supposed to look like that; you're supposed to look like this."

Though she admits to being a stress eater, Jackson finally seems at peace with her weight, including 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." Look for her upcoming book, 'True You,' about her lifelong struggle to control her weight.

And, of course, the subject of Michael Jackson came up in the interview. She says that no one in their family, including her, was aware of his drug use. "That was a shocker to me. That's serious. That's heavy."

Michael's death was ruled a homicide, and she's got a few things to say about his physician, Dr. Conrad Murray. "He was the one that was administering. I think he is responsible." Jackson also noted that Murray shouldn't be practicing. "So this can happen to someone else? Another family? Mmmm mmmm ..."

Understandably, she said she wouldn't want to see the documentary on Michael, 'This Is It.' "I don't know if I ever will, but I definitely can't see it right now," she says. "Too soon. Too hard." In fact, just seeing the posters and trailers on TV is difficult for her.

Jackson says Michael's children are doing well, although they don't like to be photographed and are already getting attuned to dodging the paparazzi. "Paris's hawk eyes can spot [the photographers] a mile away," she says. The kids don't really talk about their father, but they'll notice when she's wearing something that reminds them of Michael. "It's been a tough year. You have your days where it's just, really, it's hard to believe, and a day doesn't go by that I don't think about him."

Other tidbits from the interview:

Her childhood nickname. "Donk," given to her by Michael. "It was certainly from a loving place," she notes.

Favorite body part. The small of her back. She also likes her smile, although at one time compared it to The Joker.

Most surprising fact. "I get embarrassed when people stare at me. I'm in the wrong business, right?"

Why she loves being in her 40's. "You don't care what people think ... you have no time for the drama."

What seemed evident from the interview was that though she's still mourning, Jackson is moving forward, and her work is one way she is focusing on something other than Michael's death. She's also writing her own lyrics again and would love to do more acting, as well as start a family of her own. From the clips, it's clear she hasn't lost any of her entertainment mojo, and it we can only hope that the next time a Jackson -- this Jackson in particular -- is in the news, it'll won't be for her relationship to her famous brother.



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Hadjinde Thibaut

cmt est mort michael jackson le roi d'ipop ?l'histoir est toujours en cours un roi ne peut pas mourri de cette facon

September 16 2011 at 2:46 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
madeline

WOW! I like Janet Jackson
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May 11 2010 at 8:35 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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