Jermaine, LaToya, Tito, and of course father, Joe, have all publicly expressed their grief and concerns surrounding Michael's death. And now, Michael's strongest public defender, Janet has spoken.
"I haven't watched the news in weeks. I had to ask my chef, How's Obama doing? I haven't read a newspaper. On top of that, [we've lost] a family member," she says to Harper's Bazaar in an exclusive interview scheduled to hit stands in October.
In the upcoming issue she reflects on the last time she spent with Michael which was May 14th, two days before her 43rd birthday at a family gathering. "We
had so much fun that day. We kept calling each other after and saying how great it was."
Janet was informed of his death while on the set of "Why Did I Get Married 2" in Atlanta and flew to Los Angeles to be with her family. After the much publicized funeral at the Staples Center she, Rebbie, and LaToya spoke to the audience gathered at the adjacent Nokia Center which watched the funeral on screens. Says the article Janet received "thunderous" applause. "I don't remember that at all," she says. "I really didn't want to say anything. I left that night to go back to Atlanta to film."
Thus work has been very therapeutic. And next year Janet fans can look forward to a new book, a new film, and a new album. Co-written by author David Ritz, her book, "True You", is about diet and self esteem. "I can be an emotional eater...Of late, I have been doing that. It started when I was very little. My brothers were gone on tour a lot, and I would miss them so much. Certain things in my life would become triggers. I wish I'd had a book like this when I was that young."
Fortunately, fans won't have to wait until next year to connect with her on a personal level. This Sunday on MTV's Video Music Awards, Janet will pay special tribute to Micheal during the first part of the show. Watch the promo below.
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