Janet Jackson: I’ve been cheated on a lot

Society Materials 7 February 2008 10:33 (UTC +04:00)
Janet Jackson: I’ve been cheated on a lot

(showbizspy.com) - Micheal Jackson's little sister Janet Jackson opened up about her tremulous love life - and revealed she's been cheated on a lot.

"I was always reaching out for love. I kept searching for it, seeking it. Infatuation, lust-that stuff only lasts so long," she said.

"You can get that from anybody. But true love is supposed to be forever," Janet, 41, tells American magazine Parade in its latest issue.

The "I Get Lonely" singer then goes on to reveal she has found "true love" with her current beau - record producer and hip-hop artist Jermaine Dupri, 35. They have known each other for six years now and may already be married, although Janet is keeping tight lipped about such questions, she reveals she is crazy about him. "This time, I wasn't going to be the first to reach out," she gushes. "It was Jermaine who touched me first. Love came to me. He's such a wonderful, sweet, very loving guy that I said to myself, 'I'm not going to fall head over heels for this person.'"

Janet - who is ranked by Billboard magazine as the ninth most successful act in rock and roll history - then goes on to reveal she owes her successful career to her family's work ethic. "I was introduced to discipline at a young age," she says.

"My parents were very strict, especially my father." Joseph Jackson, 78 - notorious for his strict leadership, put Janet, the youngest of nine children, to work at age 7 in the family's Las Vegas stage act. "I really wanted to be a jockey, she says. "I loved being on top of this huge, powerful animal. I thought I could see the edge of the universe. But when I was 9 [years old], my father said, 'You should sing.' I told him I didn't want to. He said, 'You're going to sing.' So that's what I did."

Janet - who has been married twice - and kept both marriages under wraps until they ended, also revealed why she kept her nuptials a secret from the public, explaining: "I wanted to keep something for myself and not have it be public.

"But after two divorces, I thought I was jinxed. Maybe marriage isn't for me? Maybe it's my fault it never works. I was always faithful. I always tried to give of myself. I was very loyal. But maybe I'm the problem. I'm to blame.

"It was awful, and I was so tired of being hurt. When it was over, I put shields up to protect myself from being hurt again. I didn't want to go there anymore."