Janet Jackson Says She Has a Sexual Mind
Jun 3, 6:30 PM (ET)
NEW YORK (AP) – Long before she exposed her right breast to the world during the Super Bowl halftime show, Janet Jackson says she had thoughts about sex.
“As I’ve gotten older, I’ve come to realize that I had a very active sexual mind at a very young age. I hope that doesn’t sound bad,” Jackson tells Blender magazine for its June/July issue.
“My first crush was on Barry Manilow. He performed on television, and I remember taping it. When no one was around, I used to kiss the screen.”
Jackson also recalls having a “major crush” on Teddy Pendergrass when she was 12.
“I thought he was singing to me,” says the singer, now 38. “When you’re a kid, you have little fantasies, but I saw myself being with him as an adult, not as a kid.”
Now, Jackson says she expresses more grown-up urges through one of her alter egos, named Strawberry: “She’s the most sexual of them all, the wildest.”
The other character living inside her is Damita Jo, which is her middle name and the title of her latest album. Damita Jo, she says, is “a lot harsher, and quick to put you in your place.”
Why does this news not surprise me? Well ok, the Barry Manilow business surprises me. It makes me want to cry for her.
And yes, the Teddy Pendergrass crush surprises me. It makes me want to slap her silly.
But I always thought of Janet as the sanest member of the oft venerated clan. I could imagine her saying to Michael “Dude, get a legally aged boyfriend!” Now, to find out she also has multiple personalities! All I want to know from her is – which one talked you into baring your breast at the Super Bowl?
Who in this family did Joe Jackson not fuck up? Who gave him permission to breed? In an interview last year Michael said seeing his father makes him want to regurgitate. Joe Jackson’s response? “He regurgitates all the way to the bank.”
Still, you’d think the man would’ve sat his kids down and insisted “No young boys and no Barry Manilows! ESPECIALLY no Barry Manilows!”