In the new issue of Harper’s Bazaar, Janet Jackson talks openly about the loss of her beloved brother, music superstar Michael Jackson and how her life has changed since his tragic death in June at the age of 50.
In the interview, Janet recalls the last time she saw her big brother in person — in May, only days before her 43rd birthday. “We had so much fun that day,” she remembers. “We kept calling each other after and saying how great it was.”
Janet, who was filming Tyler Perry’s Why Did I Get Married Too in Atlanta when she received the shocking news about her brother, also discusses perhaps the most poignant moment of the July 7 memorial for her brother, when MJ’s daughter, Paris Jackson spoke in loving terms about her late father.
“I was really proud,” Janet recalls. “People said to me that Michael’s daughter speaking really gave them a sense of how he was as a father, in her words. Paris is incredibly smart; they are all so smart. She’s a sweet girl. The kids are doing well. They’re with all their cousins; that family love will keep them going.”
And she admits that she can’t even remember her brief portion of the massive memorial. “I don’t remember that at all,” she says. “I really didn’t want to say anything. I left that night to go back to Atlanta to film.”
For Janet, keeping busy has been the key to surviving the last few months.
“I’ve been doing okay,” she says. “Work helps focus all of that energy on something that is of value to you.”
Janet also reveals some interesting facts about her often cryptic brother’s taste in clothes and movies. For example, the single white glove.
“That was actually my brother Jackie’s idea at home one day,” she explains. “He just said, ‘You should wear one glove. A white glove.’ And then Mike studded it all. That was it.”
Another of Michael’s famous wardrobe pieces, the black sequined jacket he wore at the Motown 25th Anniversary Party, has a family connection. “That’s our mother’s! He grabbed that from her closet! He loved anything that sparkled.”
Janet also reveals that her brother had a thing for “corny” humor. “He loved to laugh. The last time we were together, he’d laugh so hard, he would just start crying,” she recalls. “He loved the Three Stooges, he loved slapstick, he loved Eddie Murphy in his silly comedies. He loved to have fun. He loved to play.”
For the entire interview, check out HarpersBazaar.com.