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Facts You Probably Didn’t Know About Janet Jackson

In 2011, Jackson told Piers Morgan that she thought her father Joseph meant well in his strong discipline but “the way that he went about certain things wasn’t the best way, but it got the job done.” Still, she acknowledged that they aren’t close.

The singer couldn’t recall where she met her then-boyfriend Jermaine Dupri during an interview o BET’s ‘106 & Park in 2004. She believed it to be at her Rhythm Nation concert.

She also revealed on ‘106 & Park’ that she has an alter-ego named Strawberry that “comes out from time to time” and she “doesn’t wear much.”

During her time working with Malik Yoba, her on-screen husband in the film ‘Why Did I Get Married,’ she got spanked by the thespian. “I just said, ‘Janet, are you cool with this?’ And she said ‘Sure…,'” he told ‘The Real’ in March.

In 2010, Jackson told Extra that she would genuinely consider remaking one of her brother Michael’s tracks.

Did you know that Janet Jackson approves of Kendrick Lamar’s song “Poetic Justice” even though she never appeared in the video? Not only does she approve of the track that samples “Any Time, Any Place,” she told Billboard in 2013 that she’s totally enamored with it. “I have listened to the music that is out there, and I love Kendrick’s ‘Poetic Justice,,'” she said. “There are artists, true performers that have come before me who have been a big inspiration to me. I hope I do the same for others.”

One thing about the Jackson clan is that the rules rarely applied to them. You know how you had to wait until age 18 to hit the club? Not Janet. In 1993, she told Rolling Stone what led up to her first visit. “I was 10 when Michael went off to make ‘The Wiz.’ That was traumatic. He was my best friend, and I couldn’t stand the thought of his leaving. I cried my eyes out and begged mother to take me to visit him in New York. He was living with LaToya in a beautiful apartment. I remember, when we arrived, he took me over to the stereo and put on ‘How Deep Is Your Love,’ by the Bee Gees. Funny how you remember moments like that. I was entranced. That same night, I went to my first nightclub, Studio 54, and I was down for all the dancing.”

Sly and the Family Stone’s “Hot Fun in the Summertime” is one of the “greatest musical influences” in her life, along with the Turtles’ “Happy Together,” the Association’s “Windy” and Simon and Garfunkel’s “Feeling Groovy.”

Madonna doesn’t seem to be a Janet Jackson fan. Before the Material Girl’s Super Bowl halftime performance in 2012, she threw great shade in Jackson’s direction regarding her 2004 wardrobe malfunction at the event. When NY1 asked Madonna about possible “naughty surprises,” she said, “I have not mainstreamed, and I’m not planning anything naughty. I’m planning something super entertaining. Yep, yep! You don’t have to show nipples to be interesting, and it doesn’t necessarily mean you’re cutting-edge if you do right?”

In 2010, as Jackson mourned the death of her brother Michael, she took an interview with Larry King where she admitted to feeling a great deal of loneliness much of the time. Even “in a crowd.”

As sensual as she in on the record, Janet Jackson admits she was once a prude. “I come from a sheltered background. And then suddenly I’m off to Minneapolis, and these guys, Jimmy Jam, and Terry Lewis are running around cursing like crazy. That made me so uncomfortable I wanted to go home – until I saw that they meant no harm or offense. They were merely talking the way they talk. They were funny. They were real. The problem was with my perception, not with their hearts. It’s taken me a while to realize – and rap has helped educate me – that language is not an absolute. No word is wrong or dirty or insulting. It all depends on context and intention. I was this little prude,” she told Rolling Stone in 1993.

The “No Sleep” creator explained the story behind her longtime nickname Dunk in 1989. Due to her stocky build as a child, Michael used to taunt her and say that she “looked like a donkey.”

Originally, Tupac and Janet were supposed to get it on in the movie ‘Poetic Justice’ but it never happened. “John [Singleton] had originally written in some lovemaking scenes between Tupac Shakur and me, and I was willing to get under the sheets with him. I was not willing, though, to show my short and curlies. None of that happened, not even the lovemaking scene, because the story just wouldn’t allow it. The story is about two people – both wounded by tragedy – learning to touch and be touched all over again.”

Her body is certainly a work of art (just look at that ‘Damito Jo’ cover), but she’s enhanced some areas. The singer admits that she’s had her “Down South” pierced, in addition to her septum, belly button, and nipple.

When she was still dating Dupri, Jackson shared with Vibe Vixen that she would consider adoption or artificial insemination to have a family with him.