Janet Jackson
12.15.2011

Janet Jackson Talks Weight Loss, Conrad Murray, & Advice for Niece on ‘GMA’

Janet Jackson took to “GMA” to announce her new role as spokeswoman for Nutrisystem, the leading home delivery weight loss program. In a sit-down interview with Juju Chang, the pop icon spoke out about her weight loss struggles, the verdict in the trial of Dr. Conrad Murray, and her niece Paris’ Hollywood dreams.

The superstar singer revealed that her body image issues began with her role on “Good Times.” “I didn’t like it. We always find something wrong with us, somewhere,” said Janet, who found comfort in junk food. “I could really easily pick myself apart and that’s what I did.”

At the age of 45, Ms. Jackson is finally feeling confident about her body. “I’m able to look in the mirror. I couldn’t do that before,” she shared. “I’m very grateful to be able to do what I love most, what I really feel I was here to do, and that’s to help others.”

Janet also talked publicly for the first time since Dr. Conrad Murray was sentenced in the death of her brother, Michael Jackson. “It doesn’t bring my brother back—that would be the ultimate—but the best was done at that moment,” she said.

When asked what she thinks of her niece Paris landing a role in a Hollywood film, she sighed. “I’m happy for her because this is what she wants to do,” said Janet. “I told her you should really take this time to enjoy your youth to its fullest because you lose so much of your childhood in this industry.”

Janet, who has been performing around the world on her “Number Ones” tour, has had a year of highs and lows. “It’s been a great deal of happiness, it’s been some sadness, it’s been difficult at times.”