Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Janet speaks out: About her last day with Michael, his eccentric style, and how she hopes he's remembered

Janet Jackson's interview in the October issue of Harper's Bazaar is almost entirely devoted to her brother Michael and, while you won't find answers to the more mysterious questions surrounding the King of Pop's life and death, the resulting article is still a sweet, and at times, fascinating read.

Speaking out for the time since her brother's passing, the 43-year-old singer says the last time she saw Michael was May 14, just a few days before her birthday: "We had so much fun that day. We kept calling each other after and saying how great it was." Janet also reveals some intimate details about the days following his death, including the decision to allow (Michael's daughter) Paris to speak at the memorial service."I was really proud," she says. "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."

For the entire story, head to newsstands this week, we've got some of the more interesting excerpts below:

What she'd like the world to know about Michael:
"He loved to laugh. The last time we were together, he'd laugh so hard, he would just start crying. Sometimes his humor would be corny, sometimes dry. He loved the Three Stooges, he loved slapstick, he loved Eddie Murphy in his silly comedies. He loved to have fun. He loved to play....People have told me, 'I am an American citizen because of your brother.' He wrote them a letter or something. He was just that giving, loving person. And the greatest entertainer there ever was. And is. I hope people get a glimpse of him now, some sort of picture."

About her brother's unique style:
"If it was shiny, if it had any kind of bling, he loved it. It was that drummer-boy look. Do you remember that black jacket he wore for Motown's 25th anniversary? That's our mother's! He grabbed that from her closet! He loved anything that sparkled. [That last day Janet saw Michael] he had a Balmain jacket on. He had a few of them--all black, jeweled, studded, with rhinestones."

On the origins of the famous white glove:
"That was actually my brother Jackie's idea at home one day. He just said, 'You should wear one glove. A white glove.' And then Mike studded it all. That was it."

Would Janet ever wear the King of Pop's costumes?
"No," she says emphatically. "They should go to the children, if anything."

On how she'd like to be remembered:

"I would hope my legacy would be bringing smiles to faces. Happiness with my music. Also, to make babies. I've had so many people come up to me and say, 'My child was conceived by listening to your music.'"

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