On the 10th anniversary of Michael Jackson’s tragic death, his sister and fellow Hall of Fame pop star, Janet Jackson, has finally spoken up about the King of Pop’s indelible and unassailable music.
The Thriller singer died on June 25, 2009, at the age of 50 in Bel Air, California, from acute poisoning from the anesthetic propofol.
Janet said she believes her brother’s music and reputation will be okay in light of the damning and highly toxic documentary Leaving Neverland, that HBO aired in the spring.
The youngest member of the dynastic musical family, who is now 53, said Michael’s music “will continue” and, like Quincy Jones, has said many times she continues to see his influence to this day.
“I love it when I see kids emulating him; when adults still listen to his music. It just lets you know the impact that my family has had on the world,” she told The Sunday Times. “I hope I’m not sounding arrogant in any way — I’m just stating what it is. It’s really all God’s doing, and I’m just thankful for that.”
The Control and Rhythm Nation singer cherishes the times she worked with her family back in the day. But she also laments being deprived of a proper childhood and her father denying her the opportunity to leave the music business temporarily to attend law school.
“You really miss out,” she divulged to The Sunday Times. “You don’t get to do all the fun things that kids do. I wanted to do gymnastics, but that couldn’t happen because I was busy working. But at least I had my brothers and sisters. They were my best friends.”
Janet does not have to address accusations leveled against her brother Michael by Wade Robson and James Safechuck in Leaving Neverland. She shows where she stands as she has been routinely playing Michael’s most iconic songs during her concerts without shame, according to Billboard magazine.