Sunday 20 January 2019

Jackson teased his sister over big bottom

Singer Janet Jackson says her big brother Michael used to tease her as a youngster about her bottom, while their other siblings called her a "horse," "pig" and "cow."

In an interview with NBC, Jackson said the verbal abuse made her insecure.

"I would literally bang my head up against the wall because I didn't feel attractive," she said. "There was a lot of pain in my life."

She used to laugh at the barnyard taunts, and said Michael's comments about her bottom were probably affectionate. But rather than confront him about his hurtful words, she simply internalised the pain.

Jackson (44) relates her childhood trauma in her book True You: A Journey to Finding and Loving Yourself, which will be published next week.

As with her siblings, Jackson was beaten by her father who forced her to call him by his first name, Joseph. Still she escaped relatively lightly, recalling that she was struck with a belt just once.

"I know my father loves me," she said. "He just has a very different way of showing it."

Michael Jackson, almost eight years older than Janet, once recalled that his father would "tear you up" with a belt or some other convenient cord, and "would throw you up against the wall".

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