Pop star Janet Jackson admits that she and Atlanta super producer Jermaine Dupri are just friends.
In a primetime interview Wednesday with Good Morning America’s Robin Roberts, she said, “I adore him. Love him to death.” In fact, Dupri, whom she dated for about seven years, was the one who taught her to love her … assets. She said he taught her that there’s nothing wrong with her body – curves and all (he just picked up some extra points with that move).
Speaking from her Malibu beach house looking amazingly beautiful in a winter white fitted dress, Jackson, 43, also spoke candidly about her family and brother Michael’s death in June.
“You have to accept what is, but it’s hard.” She said that the family tried interventions to stop Michael’s drug use several times but she felt like he was in denial.
She’s still soft-spoken and seemingly shy, admitting that she gets embarrassed when people stare at her. “I’m in the wrong business.”
Roberts took Ms. Jackson through family photos, childhood and adult performances with her brothers, two failed marriages (James Debarge and Elizondo) and an amazing performing career with some of the biggest names in the biz. We even saw some grainy video of Paula Abdul doing some choreography with a young Jackson.
And there was the moment (uncomfortable for many of us) when Jackson explained why she and her siblings call their father “Joseph.” Bascially, the patriarch of the family told them to. “It is what it is,” Jackson said.
There were also bouts of depression, yo-yo weight gains/losses (she has upcoming book, “True You,” about weight issues) and the infamous wardrobe malfunction with Justin Timberlake.
In the end, she says she’s in the healing process. She’s focused on helping her nieces and nephews succeed and doesn’t look back.
What did you think of the interview?