Sneak Peak: Janet’s Harpers Bazaar Cover

Janet Jackson Harpers Bazaar Magazine Cover

Via ABC News

There had always been a powerful bond between Janet Jackson and her brother, Michael.
Perhaps this is why she says she hasn’t watched television or read a newspaper in the two months since her brother’s sudden death.

“I’d, I’d just like to say that to you, Michael is an icon. To us, Michael is family,” the pop star told Harpers Bazaar. “And he will forever live in all of our hearts.”

In her first interview since his death, she opens up about her relationship with Michael, about their last day together and how she’s coping by immersing herself in a new album and book.

The Michael Jackson Only She Knew

As a 14-year-old, it was Janet’s job to take care of her superstar brother. “I would shop for him. I washed his clothes and cleaned his room. When mother would go out of town, she’d say, ‘I’m leaving you in charge. Take care of Michael.'”

She knew early on that her brother loved clothes that stood out. In fact, for the 25th Anniversary of Motown special, Michael grabbed his famous sparkly black jacket from his mother’s closet.

“If it was shiny, if it had any kind of bling, he loved it,” Janet said.

Except for his shoes. He danced them down to the sole.

“He would wear his shoes all the way down,” remembered Janet. “His penny loafers would have huge holes in the bottom.”

She recalls the joy of making the 1995 music video “Scream” with her brother. “We had so much fun back then. We would organize our days together.”

She also fondly remembers the last time she saw Michael – just a month before his death.

“The last time we were together, he’d laugh so hard, he’d just start crying.”

In 2002, Janet told Diane Sawyer how important her brothers were to her.

“I was close to my brothers growing up, and I missed them a great deal when they would go out on tour,” she recalls.

She admits that she used binge eating as a way to cope with the pain of their absence.

“I can be an emotional eater,” she says. “Of late, I have been doing that, yes. It started when I was very little. My brothers were gone on tour a lot and I would miss them so much.

Moving On as a Family
Jackson says that they are going through the ordeal of her brother’s death as a family.

She’s especially proud of Michael’s children, Blanket, Prince Michael and, especially, Paris. She said that people have told her that the way that Michael’s daughter spoke at his memorial really gave them a sense of how he was as a father.

She says the kids are doing well. “They’re with their cousins,” she says. “That family love will keep them going.”

16 Comments

  1. Scream was my all-time favorite video of her and Michael they KILLED it…. And I know she is going to represent extra hard at the VMA’s just by the thought of losing her brother

  2. yes i love watching those two tear it up in the video. one of the best collaborations ever

  3. Beautiful cover for a srong beauiful person in side and out. It’s good to see Janet Jackson smiling her famous smile once again. The VMA’s are going to be HISTORIC!!!!!! RIP MJ Sunday will be a party like none other.

  4. Wow, she looks so much like him in that pic w/ the hat. Anyways I love Ms. Jackson. She’s the original. I know she’s known for sex appeal, and I know about that titay incident with JT, but she just has a classiness about her that I love. And she always seems so humble. I hope she can get her music together. Good luck JJ.

  5. I just love her!
    I relate to Janet in so many ways…

    The photos are absolutely beautiful.

  6. I’ve never geeked out nor anticipated a magazine as much as I did when I saw this scan and read this article. I will definitely be buying this bad boy. LOVE YOU MS. JACKSON!!!!!!!!!!!

  7. MJ was crazy about his baby sister. I used to love watching them on t.v. His face would light up and sparkle in her presence. Their connection was the most beautiful bond, I’ve seen on screen. He loved his baby sister. And yes Scream video was the best yet, and there hasn’t been a video yet that has come close.

    You can tell that she loved her big brother, and this is the only Jackson that I respect. She’s not capitalizing off him, she’s laying low, and not using his death to further her career. Her fashion sense is off the hook, love that.

    But, Janet has regain cool points with me since breaking up with JD. Hopefully, now she can find a man that is on her level. Janet please no more singers/rappers. Yes, Janet has a sophistication about her.

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