In celebration of Janet Jackson’s debut album, the 40th anniversary is highlighted with the authorized documentary that aired on Lifetime and A&E. The pop princess gives an intimate look at her long career in entertainment like never before.
The doc, simply titled Janet Jackson, after her 1982 debut album, has been in the making for five years. The two-part, four-hour event will feature unseen home videos, archival footage and unfiltered moments with Ms. Jackson herself. Mariah Carey, Missy Elliott, Tyler Perry, Whoopi Goldberg, Regina King, Samuel L. Jackson and Ciara will make special appearances in the documentary. Janet’s brother Randy, older sister Rebbie and their mother Katherine Jackson will also all sit down for interviews.
Check out the reaction video form WorldWide Entertainment TV’ “G.O.A.T. aka Greatest Of All-Time Series” below.
Janet Jackson was a child prodigy in acting, but decades later she reveals her insecurities at the time with “weight issues.” Jackson said the problem existed since the age of 10, which is when she landed the role of Penny in the sitcom Good Times.
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“There were times when Mike used to tease me and call me names: pig, horse, slaughter hog, cow,” Janet revealed. “He would laugh about it and I’d laugh too, but then there was somewhere down inside that it would hurt.”
The singer went on to admit that she still has a difficult relationship with food today, explaining: “I’m an emotional eater, so when I get stressed or something is really bothering me, it comforts me. I did Good Times and that’s the beginning of having weight issues and the way I looked at myself.”
The Good Times production cast didn’t make things any easier for a preteen Janet. “I was developing at a very young age and I started getting a chest and they would bind it so I would look more flat-chested.” All in all, the documentary so far has got rave reviews for the most part.