Janet Jackson Opens Up About Split From Jermaine Dupri & Michael’s Death

Nov. 19 2009, Published 1:56 p.m. ET

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Janet Jackson opened up for the first time about her breakup from longtime beau Jermaine Dupri and talked about how her family has been doing since the deal of her brother Michael. Walking around her palatial Los Angeles home, the pop star also discussed growing up Jackson- clarifying the abuse rumors and revealing how her dad Joe may have stunted her career.

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“I think we've been doing well. I have a very strong family," she told Robin Roberts during their ABC News interview which aired Wednesday night.

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Speaking of family, she also turned her attention to her upbringing. Michael publicly accused Jackson patriarch Joe of having abused them. However, Janet simply calls their father “old school,” explaining that his overbearing personality "may extrapolate into being a little abusive."

Joe Jackson

One thing she does say Joe did was derail her thriving acting career (she was on both Good Times and Diff’rent Strokes) by making her focus on music instead.

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Despite the early bumps in her life, she credits ex Jermaine Dupri for helping her accept who she is.

Having battled with her body image since she was a child, Dupri helped her feel “very comfortable” with her body.

Now she realizes: "I'm fine the way I am. There's nothing wrong with me."



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