Janet Jackson Speaks Out About Her Grief

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Janet Jackson has kept a relatively low profile since her brother Michael‘s death, confirming once again that in the face of rough times and a crazy family, she’s a class act. Unlike brother Jermaine who is busy working on tribute concerts, and her father Joe who’s just working on reelection for Mayor of Crazytown, Janet appeared to be the caring aunt and grieving sister who wanted to stay out of the media spotlight. She recently spoke to Harper’s Bazaar about the affect her brother’s passing had on her.

Of the media coverage surrounding the death, Janet explained that she tried to avoid it: “People can have rhinoceros skin, but there’s a point when something’s going to hurt you. Not everyone is stone, stone. I haven’t watched the news in weeks. I had to ask my chef, ‘How’s Obama doing?’ I haven’t read a newspaper.”

She also discussed how strong Michael’s children have been in the face of all that they’ve been through, particularly Paris, who moved just about everyone who watched the memorial. “I was really proud,” Janet said. “People said to me that Michael’s daughter speaking really gave them a sense of how he was as a father, in her words. Paris is incredibly smart; they are all so smart. She’s a sweet girl. The kids are doing well. They’re with all their cousins; that family love will keep them going.”

It’s nice to hear Janet’s opinion on this, she truly does seem like a calm presence in a turbulent family.  [Photo: GettyImages]

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