*Janet Jackson admits she hasn’t watched television or read a newspaper in the two months since her brother Michael’s sudden death on June 25.
In a new interview with Harpers Bazaar, her first since Michael’s passing, the singer/actress opens up about her relationship with Michael and their last day together, and how she’s coped by immersing herself in a new album and book.
Janet remembers being 14-years-old and tasked with the job of taking care of her superstar brother.
“I would shop for him. I washed his clothes and cleaned his room,” she said. “When mother would go out of town, she’d say, ‘I’m leaving you in charge. Take care of Michael.'”
She learned early on that her brother was drawn to clothes that made a grand statement. For the 25th Anniversary of Motown special, Michael grabbed his famous sparkly black jacket from his mother’s closet.
“If it was shiny, if it had any kind of bling, he loved it,” Janet said.
But his shoes were another story. “He would wear his shoes all the way down,” remembered Janet. “His penny loafers would have huge holes in the bottom.”
As for their 1995 music video “Scream,” Janet recalls, “We had so much fun back then. We would organize our days together.”
She also fondly remembers the last time she saw Michael — a month before his death.
“The last time we were together, he’d laugh so hard, he’d just start crying.”
Janet is currently writing a book that chronicles her periodic binge eating – a habit she says has returned amid the stress of Michael’s death.
“I can be an emotional eater,” she says. “Of late, I have been doing that, yes. It started when I was very little. My brothers were gone on tour a lot, and I would miss them so much.”