Janet Jackson is currently on tour. During her stop at New Orleans’ Essence Festival on Sunday, she took a moment to speak publicly about her late father Joe Jackson for the first time since he passed away in June after a battle with cancer. “Without his drive, his strength, we wouldn’t have this success,” she told the crowd. “We’re a black family that came from Gary, Indiana, and we broke all kinds of records around the globe. That’s truth.” Watch her speech below via The Hollywood Reporter.
— Michael Jackson CLUB (@mjjsource_) July 9, 2018
Janet also admitted that his passing had been hard on her, so much so that she wasn’t sure whether she should cancel her appearance and even her tour. “I think my father [would’ve] said, ‘Janet, please finish what you started. And I will be there with you every step of the way in your heart.’ So here I am.” Janet was among the attendees at Joe’s funeral on July 2 at Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Glendale, California.
by Amanda Wicks