Janet Jackson: Sky documentary tease in star-studded trailer
A new Sky series charts the rise of youngest brother Jackson, as she tells her own story in a new four-part documentary. With over 100 million record sales to her credit, Janet is one of the world’s best-selling musical artists and boasts an impressive catalog. Throughout her professional career, she has struggled to distance herself from her older brother Michael and the rest of her extremely successful siblings.
Phillip McCarthy of the Sydney Morning Herald once wrote that one of his standard conditions for interviewers is that there is no mention of Michael.
Yet over the past five years, film crews have followed Janet and sought to contextualize many events in her life.
Naturally, she opened up about the relationship she had with her older brother Michael.
The King of Pop passed away in June 2009, leaving behind a lasting legacy and a gaping hole in the hearts of the Jakcson family.
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Michael was eight years older than Janet.
Janet has opened up about her life in a revealing new documentary.
Janet has revealed the last heartbreaking conversation she had with her brother during the Sky documentary.
She remembers a surprise party for their parents, Katherine and Joe, with the whole family in attendance.
She said: “He was sitting next to me, and he was laughing like crazy and he was having this deep laugh and I remember him looking at me… and the last thing we said to each other was, ‘I’m you love”, and that was the last time I saw him.
Janet and Michael shared a close bond from the very beginning. She said herself that Randy and Michael were “like the three amigos – the three sidekicks”.
Janet Jackson and Michael Jackson at their home in Los Angeles in December 1972.
Janet, eight years younger than Michael, burst onto the music scene just as he was making his biggest waves in the music industry.
Michael’s sixth studio album, Thriller, was released in late 1982. It became the best-selling album of all time in the United States and then worldwide.
With singles like Billie Jean, Beat It and Wanna Be Startin’ Somethin’, it became the first album to produce seven top 10 singles.
But for Janet, that’s when she knew her relationship with Michael had changed for good.
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Randy, Janet and Michael Jackson met a reporter in 1972.
She was only 16 at the time and Michael was 24.
She said: “I remember really liking the Thriller album, but for the first time, that’s when I felt it was different between the two of us, that a change was happening. .
“He always came to my room and we talked, and this time he came to my room.
“Neither of us said a word to each other and then he got up and left. That’s when Mike and I started breaking up. He just wasn’t as much fun as he was. ‘before.
Michael and Janet Jackson at the Grammy Awards in February 1993.
When Michael was accused of child sex abuse in 1993, Janet claimed she tried to support her brother, despite allegations about her own career.
She agreed to collaborate with him on the 1995 single “Scream,” but claimed she was estranged from him throughout the music video shoot.
She recalls, “Michael shot nights. I shot for days. His record company was blocking his set so I couldn’t see what was going on.
“They didn’t want me on set. I felt like they were trying to make it very competitive between the two of us.
She added: “It really hurt me because I felt like I was there to fight him, not fight him.
“I wanted it to feel like the good old days between him and me, and it didn’t. The old days were long gone.
Michael was very clearly such a huge figure in Janet’s life, and a heartbreaking moment sees their mother Katherine unable to talk about the loss of her son.
The documentary offers just a small window into Michael’s world through the eyes of his equally impressive little sister.
The documentary is available on Sky catch up and NOW.