Janet Jackson Talks Father Joe’s Death, Dealing With Insecurities In Candid Chat With InStyle

Janet Jackson discusses everything from dealing with insecurities to the death of her father Joe in a new interview with InStyle magazine.

Jackson, 52, who shares one-year-old son Eissa with Wissam Al Mana, gets asked about her dad passing away in June, insisting “he’s in a better place.”

“I for sure had some time [with him]. I’ve said this before but you’ll never forget [the pain]. The hurt is always there but you learn how to move forward.”

Photographed by Robbie Fimmano
Photographed by Robbie Fimmano

Jackson’s interview also touches on whether she and brother Michael ever talked about self-image when they were younger.

“I remember growing up and being in this business was always this important thing. Because it was the thing. And you had to be a certain size, you had to be thin to be an entertainer. Stupid crap like that. That’s just this business I’m in. I think it’s changed, thank God. People are more accepting of others, which is the way it should’ve been from the jump. That can really mess with you.”

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The music icon also speaks about dealing with insecurities and being happier with her body nowadays.

“A lot of it has to do with experience, getting older. Understanding, realizing that there isn’t just one thing that is considered beautiful. Beautiful comes in all shapes, sizes, and colours.”

Photographed by Robbie Fimmano
Photographed by Robbie Fimmano

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She adds of what she would say to teenagers in the industry now: “It’s tough. They have to know who they have to be and who they are. Not what someone else wants them to be, not what they think they should be by looking at someone else.

“Individuality is beautiful. God made you as you are, and that’s beautiful. You are unique, special. You don’t want to look like someone else or be that other person.”

The latest issue of InStyle hits newsstands September 14.

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