Janet Jackson speaks out for first time since Michael's death

Friday September 11, 2009

In her first interview since the death of her brother, Janet Jackson has opened up about her heartache and the wellbeing of Michael's children.

Speaking to a US magazine the singer, who last saw the king of pop six weeks before he died, says "Michael loved to laugh."

"The last time we were together, he'd laugh so hard, he would just start crying."

Janet has also revealed her surprise at how she is coping.

"I always wanted to have my mother's strength, but I didn't know if it was really there. Now at least I know that I can step up to the plate and not crumble when I'm needed."

"When it comes to something like this - that is so, so serious, so painful, so traumatic - I can handle it."

And Michael's younger sister, who is due to pay tribute to her late brother at Sunday's MTV Awards, says Michael's three children are coping with the loss of their father.

"The kids are doing well. They're with all their cousins; that family love will keep them going," she says.

Photo: ę Getty Images

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