Janet Jackson “Never, Ever Felt Attractive”

Published by Runteldat on Wednesday, February 9, 2011 at 11:50 am.

In an interview set to air later this week on the Today show, Janet Jackson tells Meredith Viera that she “never, ever felt attractive.”

Janet is talking about her longstanding battles with self-esteem in order to promote her new book, True You: A Journey to Finding and Loving Yourself.

Janet says the constant teasing she received at the hands of her brothers – yep, even Michael – made her so self-conscious about her weight.

On the taunting, Janet explained: “I guess some people could say, ‘Oh that’s, you know, brothers and sisters joking, it’s all affection, it’s all, you know, it’s in a loving way.’ But not everybody can brush it off, and I was one of those.”

She says even at the time of Rhythm Nation, “I hated what I saw in the mirror. I would literally bang my head against the wall because I felt so ugly.”

She noted that while she still has her moments, “I’m in a much better space” now.

On the loss of her brother, Michael Jackson, Janet told Viera: “We had each other’s back. But, later on in life, certain things that he was going through … I tried to be there for him as much as I could.”

She elaborated: “There’s still not a day that goes by where I don’t think about him. Not one day. And — kind of pushing myself, forcing myself, to a certain degree, to get over this because it’s — it’s not the healthiest.”

The interview airs Feb. 11 and Feb. 14 on Today and Feb. 13 on Dateline NBC.

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