A number of revelations surfaced over the weekend following the release of the new two-part docu-series co-produced by Janet Jackson, Janet.
The series premiered Friday, Jan. 28, and continued Saturday via A&E and Lifetime.
But perhaps the biggest news is the report that David Bowie offered teenage Michael Jackson and his brother Randy Jackson drugs.
According to the documentary, after the family group, The Jackson 5, rose to fame, the family moved from their original home in Gary, Indiana to the more affluent and entertainment industry powerhouse, Encino. , in California. There, the members of the group were invited to various parties and even organized their own.
At parties, the Jacksons, including patriarch Joe Jackson, would invite celebrities to join in the festivities, including Ziggy Stardust himself, David Bowie.
According to Randy, who spoke about the events of Janet on camera, Bowie offered him and Michael illicit substances. Michael and Randy, however, who were both teenagers, refused.
“Michael and I are sitting in one of the other rooms away from the party,” Randy said in the doc. “So Bowie comes in and… he offered us some of what he does to get high… We just looked at each other. We were like, ‘No.’ We didn’t know what it was, but it was like, ‘No, no thanks.’ »
But that’s not all that has raised eyebrows in the new documentary.
Elsewhere in the job, Janet said she’s forgiven pop star Justin Timberlake for his role in the infamous “Wardrobe Malfunction” at the Super Bowl XXXVIII halftime show in which Timberlake on purpose or by accident (will you know? do we ever?) ripped a piece off Janet’s top, exposing her chest.
The event nearly ruined her career, caused a lot of trauma, and launched a thousand wrathships down both sides of Janet’s aisle. Still, taking the high road, Janet said she forgave him (although thousands on Twitter noted that they hadn’t).
This despite the fact that, as writer Jemele Hill notes, it wasn’t so much Timberlake as CBS CEO Les Moonves. Hill wrote on Twitter, “Justin Timberlake is an easy target, but never forget it was former CBS CEO Les Moonves who single-handedly tried to ruin Janet Jackson’s career. #JanetJacksonDoc“
Elsewhere, Janet also recounts how Michael, who she was very close with, criticized her about her weight.
Janet says her famous brother Michael pestered her about her weight. Although this is often what older siblings do, Janet said it was particularly hurtful. Michael called him “pig, horse, slaughterhouse pig” during his childhood.
“When someone says you’re too heavy, it affects you” said Janet.
And in a recent interview, Janet talked about body positivity.
Ladies today, says Janet, are “comfortable in their skin, in their size, in being full and I love that, as opposed to back then. You always had to be thin and still have a certain look. And now everything is accepted and everything is beautiful and I love it.
Janet specifically cited Lizzo, the fabulous and ubiquitous 33-year-old pop star who tore up the charts with her 2019 album, Because I love you. (Lizzo recently called Janet the queen of pop.)
Remembering her characteristic appearance and style, Janet says she didn’t emphasize more feminine features. Maybe because they seemed heavy to him at the time.
“I was never a girly girl. I was always a tomboy,” Janet said. “So it was always about pants, suits, even in my early teens. I remember when my brothers got their star on the Walk of Fame and other awards they received, and I think back to the photos and I always wore a suit with a tie, bow tie or suspenders. Still loving the black and never wanting to expose any part of my body, I felt more comfortable covering it up so far.
Janet also touched on the famous album cover of her LP Janet, in which she posed topless with only hands covering her chest (the hands of her then-husband, René Elizondo). The singer noted that it was a difficult time for her.
“Kissing me,” Janet said on the outlet, “and trying to learn to love myself for me, my body, all that. Trying to feel comfortable accepting that. Throwing me in the pit of lions. Just moving forward, wanting to do something different.
“It took a lot of work, a lot of work. It was something very hard, very difficult,” she added. “But I’m glad I got through that. I’m really glad I got in. It was a way of accepting yourself and loving yourself, accepting yourself and your body.
Unlike many people in her position, Janet said she doesn’t do plastic surgery to look young these days.
“Everyone would always like to stay young and this and that but it’s inevitable. I mean, we’re all going to get there,” she explained. “There’s another road. It’s kind of zhuzh I don’t know when my day will come, but at some point it will come and I can choose the path I want to take. I hope I will age gracefully. It’s either a little zhuzh or gracefully.