Janet Jackson reveals for the first time that she was body-shamed by her brother Michael Jackson while they were growing up.
She stated that “there were times when Mike used to tease me and call me names … Pig, horse, slut, or hog, cow.”
“He would laugh about it and I’d laugh too, but then there was somewhere down inside that it would hurt.
“When you have somebody say you’re too heavy, it affects you.”
She made these emotional revelations in a self-titled documentary which is all set to go on air on 28th January on Now TV.
According to the reports, it took Janet five years to make the docu-series. She revealed that she has always struggled with her weight from a very young age – as young as ten. Her battle with food started when she bagged the role on a tv sitcom Good Times.
55-year-old Jackson stated “I’m an emotional eater, so when I get stressed or something is really bothering me, it comforts me.
“I did Good Times and that’s the beginning of having weight issues and the way I looked at myself.
“I was developing at a very young age and I started getting a chest and they would bind it so I would look more flat-chested.”
Janet Jackson and Michael Jackson were 7 years apart but it is said that the siblings were very close as children. Janet did admit that as they grew older, they drifted apart.
Janet said that the child molestation case against Michael Jackson devastated her to the core.
She says: “Yeah. It was frustrating for me.
“We have our own separate lives and even though he’s my brother, that has nothing to do with me.
“But I wanted to be there for him, to support him as much as I possibly could.”
Janet said that the duo used to bicker each other like every other pair of siblings but sometimes this ridicule would become a bit too much for her.