Since her brother, Michael Jackson's untimely death on June 25th, Janet Jackson has been virtually quiet about his passing. In a candid interview with ABC's Robin Roberts, which aired last night, Janet opened up about what she misses most about Michael, who she thinks is responsible for this death, and how she's coping with the loss her big brother.
In a testament to Michael's influence on her as a performer, Janet credited him for helping her to attain sass as a young performer. "He was like a director in a sense. We were very close. He helped me with all of that."
In a poignant moment in the interview, Roberts asked Janet whether Michael was in denial over his drug use, to which she replied, "I wish he could answer this question for you and not me."
When asked who she thinks is responsible for her brother's death, Janet replied that she felt Dr. Conrad Murray was to blame. "I think he is responsible. The truth always prevails."
Murray, Michael's personal physician admitted to administering the potent anesthetic drug Propofol to the music icon, but denied any wrongdoing. He has yet to be charged in Jackson's death and the manslaughter investigation remains ongoing.
On how she's coping with her big brother's death:
"A day doesn't go by that I don't think about him. I feel like my phone's going to ring, and I'm going to hear 'Donk, it's me'."
In addition to talking about Michael's passing, Janet talked growing up as a Jehovah's Witness, life as a performer, her relationships with Jermaine Dupri, Rene Elizondo, and James DeBarge, whom she called "her first love," her battles with weight, and plans for the future.
On her relationship with Jermaine Dupri:
Though she admitted that the two are no longer dating, she stated, "I adore him. We're still very good friends to this day."
On whether she's single:
"I am single. I've just been into my work."
On her struggles with weight:
"There were times when I was teased when I was younger. And it affected me a great deal."
On the future:
"I'd love to have a family. I'm in a different space. There's a lot that's going on. Alot that makes you think."
Check out a clip from Janet's interview with ABC at BV's Daily Drama,