Janet: It's Hard to Believe He's Passed

September 9, 2009 By:
Janet: It's Hard to Believe He's Passed

Janet Jackson is opening up for the first time since Michael’s death about how she’s dealing with the passing of her brother.

She spoke with Harper’s Bazaar in their upcoming issue, and says since June 25th she hasn’t been able to turn on the television.

Janet says, "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. On top of that, [we've lost] a family member."

Janet tells the magazine that the last time she saw Michael was at a family gathering in May. She says, "We had so much fun that day. We kept calling each other after and saying how great it was."

She continues, "My brother is, I mean was... You have to forgive me, because it's really hard to believe he's passed."

But despite the anguish of losing her brother, Janet says she’s trying to stay focused on the future. She went back to work relatively quickly after his passing. She says, "I've been doing okay. Work helps focus all of that energy on something that is of value to you."

Janet also talked about her niece Paris’ speech at Michael’s memorial. She says, "I was really proud. 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 Janet’s full interview with Harper’s Bazaar, click