Q: What did you learn about yourself from writing your self-help book “True You” that landed on the New York Times bestseller list this year?
A: I learned so much! One thing is that there were several issues that I thought I had grown past. It turns out, that I still had some work to do on them. I also learned that it was a long road, but I am happy with my life and who I am. That is not to say that I am not still working to better myself, but I am happy.
Q: What’s the hardest thing about being Janet Jackson?
A: Answering that question. LOL
Q: How has Michael’s death changed you?
A: I appreciate life even more.
Q: Now that Nicki Minaj and others have had wardrobe malfunctions on TV, how do you feel about what happened to you because of your wardrobe malfunction at the Super Bowl?
A: Well, I am sorry that it has happened to others. It is not a great feeling and I sympathize with them. I find it interesting in my case that I am the only person who it seems to still come up for.
Q: Talk about the challenges of being a pop star today vs what things were like for you in the ’80s and ’90s. What kind of things in this 24/7 media world do Lady Gaga, Katy Perry, Rihanna and the new breed of pop divas have to deal with that you, Madonna, Whitney and Mariah didn’t?
A: The business today is very different. The Internet plays an important role in music today. You can have an unknown artist become popular by posting their music on the web. Record labels are all looking for new ways to promote their artist and, in a lot of ways; the artist must take a more involved role. In the past, the label did that for you.
Q: What can you tell us about your movie plans?
A: I am excited to have partnered with Lionsgate to produce my first film. I am reading a lot of scripts and really enjoying the process. I am also reading scripts to act in as well.
Q: How ’bout recording plans?
A: I will go back into the studio later this year or early next. I am not sure what I will be doing yet. I like to be inspired by what is going on in my life at that time.
Q: What are your thoughts about working with Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis again?
A: I love those guys. It would be fun to work with them again at some point.
Wow… That’s a lot to digest. We love how Janet kept it real. What do you think about what she had to say? We’re guessing Kevin Garnett is just one of a few famous ballers that have tried Janet at one time or another. We’d love to hear her run down the full list!