On an interview airing Monday, February 20, 2012, Janet Jackson talked to Anderson Cooper about Whitney and the special bond that they shared (remember her Control album and Whitney’s debut weren’t too far apart).
She revealed that if they were at award shows, they would always make it a point to stop by one another’s dressing room to show love and offer support (who knew!).
She also added that Whitney was a “sweet soul.” And though losing a brother is nothing like losing a mother, she had a few words for Bobbi Kris too…..
Janet on praying for Whitney’s family:
Anderson: My thoughts obviously and I think everybody is with her daughter Bobby Kristina, who has just got to be reeling.
Janet: It’s very, very devastating and I pray for her and her family, even Bobby. I mean he’s going through so much. They are all going through so much. The mother, it’s very sad.
Anderson: Her mother spoke with her a short time before she passed and again for a parent to outlive a child is just the worst thing there is.
Janet talks about Whitney as a performer:
Anderson: We’ve all been kind of re-listening to her and her performance singing the Star Spangeld Banner. To you, what was she like as a performer?
Janet: Incredible. She was known as the voice. When she would open her mouth and this instrument would come out you would obviously understand why. She was such a sweet sweet soul. Especially back in early 80s and early 90s is when I connected with Whitney the most. It doesn’t matter if we were doing an awards show. We would always take the time out to find one another. Either she’d come to my dressing room to say hey and I’d be in makeup or I’d find her in her dressing room to say hey, we always found time to talk to one another. She was such a sweet soul.
Janet offers advice to Bobbi Kristina:
Anderson: What advice do you have for her family for her kid. For her child?
Janet: It’s a very very tough time. Even though it’s still a loss. I lost my brother, she lost her mother. There’s still a difference, even though there’s a still a loss to a family, I don’t know what that’s like being so young. It was hard for me. It was very very difficult for me. I didn’t want to accept it, it’s very difficult. You have to come to terms at some point, you have to actually give it up to God and it sounds so mean but you have to move on you can’t hold onto that because it can be very devastating. Sometimes therapy is the best thing.
Anderson: TV People always use that word closure when they are talking about loss, as someone who has lost family members as well, I don’t think there is such a thing as closure. I think that’s a made up TV word.
Janet: No, I don’t think there is either, but you have to go on with life. You figure out a way to move on. It’s always right here. There’s never a day, not one day has gone by where I don’t think about my brother and my other brothers and sisters say the same thing.