Janet Jackson and Whitney Houston were contemporaries in many ways: both singers rose to prominence in the mid-’80s, each of them scored hit after hit with their respective pop-R&B crossover tunes and both divas came from famous singing families. Janet, who lost her brother Michael Jackson nearly three years ago, sat down with Anderson Cooper on his daytime talk show Anderson to reflect on the loss of Whitney. “I couldn’t believe it. I immediately started shaking,” she said when asked about the moment she learned of Houston’s death. “I was trying to text everyone that I knew to let them know.”
Anderson asked Janet what she thought Whitney was like as a performer. This led to Ms. Jackson reminiscing about the times she got to spend with the “I Will Always Love You” singer.
“She was such a sweet, sweet soul, especially back in the late-’80s, early-’90s, when I connected with Whitney the most,” Jackson said on Anderson. “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.”
Janet remembers Whitney on Anderson
As for Bobbi Kristina, Whitney’s 18-year-old daughter she had with ex-husband Bobby Brown, Jackson gave some sage advice. “It’s very difficult, and you have to come to terms at some point,” Janet said, while drawing a comparison to the loss of her own brother Michael three years ago. “You have to give it up to God and you have to — it sounds so mean — but you have to move on. You can’t hold on to that, because it can be very devastating.”
Two great pop icons now being spoken of by one of their own in the past tense. What do you think of Janet’s words about her friend Whitney?