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Janet Jackson opens up about Michael’s legacy, dad Joe and her childhood in rare interview

In a rare interview, pop icon Janet Jackson is opening up about growing up a Jackson – and how that will differ for her own child. 

Months after the debut of HBO’s “Leaving Neverland” documentary, detailing allegations of child molestation against Michael Jackson, his youngest sister is saying she believes his legacy will live on. Jackson died on June 25, 2009. 

“It will continue,” she told The Sunday Times of London. “I love it when I see kids emulating him, when adults still listen to his music. It just lets you know the impact that my family has had on the world. I hope I’m not sounding arrogant in any way – I’m just stating what is. It’s really all God’s doing, and I’m just thankful for that.”

‘You are my life’: Janet Jackson dedicates Rock Hall honor to 2-year-old son

Janet Jackson speaks at her Rock & Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony at the Barclays Center on March 29, 2019, in New York. (Photo: Evan Agostini, Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)

Janet, 53, who is in the middle of a summer Las Vegas residency, has both fond and “grueling” memories of working with her family at such a young age. She recalled helping her brothers with “charitable acts”: Michael, then in his late teens, would buy barbecue dinners and they would drive around town “looking for homeless people to feed.” 

But she still laments being deprived of a proper childhood. 

“You really miss out,” she said. “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.”

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