Janet Jackson Dishes On Body Image, Relationships, and New Book

Promoting her latest film, “For Colored Girls,” Janet Jackson spoke with ABC News Radio’s David Blaustein about her childhood, body image, and past relationships. Jackson recently wrote a book entitled, “True You,” where she discusses her weight loss and weight gain. “Everyone wanted to know about my weight loss, the weight gain—how I do it…It’s just talking about my routine, my workout regime, my nutrition. I wanted to talk about it,” said the 44-year-old Grammy-winning singer. Jackson revealed that while she was on the show ‘Good Times,’ on the first day of shooting they bounded her chest because they thought her breasts were too big. “I got the part when I was 10, we started shooting when I was 11—I was developing early. It made me feel that the way I am, it’s not good enough. That’s why I decided to call [the book] ‘True You.’” The pop icon who has been married twice and divorced twice, says that she still felt lonely even when she had someone around her all the time. “Even when you have someone with you 24/7, and still feeling lonely—when I look back on it, it’s really, really sad. And I did a lot of that in my younger years.” As for music and recording a new album, Jackson is considering going back into the studio some time next year. “I’ve been thinking about going back into the studio and just taking my time and playing around with it.” Jackson is also a fan of Lady Gaga and feels that she’s over the top but fun, and takes her back to the days of Grace Jones. “I adore her. One of the things I love about her, it seemed like for a moment, melody had left music. And I feel like she understands that a great deal. I just enjoy watching her.” “For Colored Girls,” directed by Tyler Perry, will be released in theaters nationwide Friday, November 5.


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