JANET JACKSON said her brother Michael Jackson’s legacy “will continue”, as she avoided talking about the sexual abuse allegations surrounding the star in a new interview.
In a new interview with The Sunday Times the All For You singer gushed about her late sibling’s impact on the music industry.
“It will continue… I love it when I see kids imitating him, when adults still listen to his music. It just lets you know the impact that my family has had on the world,” she said.
“I hope I’m not sounding arrogant in any way – I’m just stating what it is. It’s really all God’s doing, and I’m just thankful for that.”
Janet opted not to comment specifically on the allegations against her brother, which were highlighted in Dan Reed’s documentary Leaving Neverland. The doc, which premiered earlier this year, includes detailed allegations from Wade Robson and James Safechuck, who claimed the Thriller star sexually abused them when they were children.
However, the Jackson family has denied claims of abuse, and repeatedly slammed the documentary in the press. In addition, the Jackson estate filed a $100 million lawsuit against HBO ahead of its premiere, calling the documentary “unvetted propaganda to shamelessly exploit an innocent man no longer here to defend himself.”
In the interview, The 56-year-old music icon reflected on how her life has changed since she became a mother to son Eissa, now two.
“(I’m in a) great space,” she smiled. “I have a beautiful son.”
She also spoke about her own childhood and the harsh treatment at the hands of her late father Joe Jackson.
“You miss out on your childhood, you really miss out. You don’t get to do all the fun things that kids do. I wanted to do gymnastics, but that couldn’t happen because I was busy working. But at least I had my brothers and sisters. They were my best friends.”
“I felt that I did say everything I needed to say to my father [before he died],” Janet shared. “I was thankful for the time that I did have with him, with Eissa, the three of us together. Being together with my father in the end.”
Now, Jackson says she’s in a “great space.” “I have a beautiful son,” she added, revealing that she wants Eissa to follow his own path.
Michael’s family and fans will mark 10 years since his death on today (Jun 25).