Janet Jackson

Cross the Velvet Rope and learn the breast-baring singer's intimate secrets. Plastic surgery, secret weddings and late brother Michael's alleged abuse rocked her squeaky-clean image.


Janet Jackson is used to getting attention - with her steamy videos, risque album covers and racy lyrics, she has titillated audiences for years. So who would have thought that audiences would be surprised and shocked by one quick breast reveal during the Super Bowl half-time show? Now, she faces a new kind of music- controversy and suspicion. Was this half-time show a spectacle planned to pump up publicity for her new CD? Or was "Miss Jackson if you're nasty," just doing what she's always done, entertaining fans with her sexually charged music and stage act?

Janet Damita Jo Jackson made her debut on 16 May 1966 in Gary, Indiana and lived in a lower class home with several siblings of which she was the youngest. She grew up in a controlling household, and in the shadow of her famous Jackson brothers, to become a teen sitcom star and eventually the princess of pop. Fans were amazed by her metamorphosis from chubby teen, to voluptuous woman, to buff performer with six-pack abs.

Her brothers were in the band 'Jackson Five' and she later lived with them in LA after they had signed with Motown records. She appeared in the reality show 'The Jacksons' between 1976 and 1977 before winning the part of Penny Gordon on 'Good Times' in 1977 showcasing her acting skills. She went on to make several memorable appearances in the show 'Diff'rent Strokes' between 1980 and 1984 before her breakout role in 'Fame' as Cleo Hewitt in 1984 and 1985.

On 7 September 1984, she married boyfriend James DeBarge but this was annulled in November 1985. During this time, Jackson had signed with A&M Records and recorded her debut album entitled 'Janet Jackson' in 1982 but this performed badly in the charts. Two years later, she recorded 'Dream Street', which was another commercial disaster. In 1985 she signed with Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis to produce another album resulting in 'Control'.


This was a huge success selling five million copies in the US alone and spawning the number one song 'When I Think Of You'. Jackson sacked her father as her manager to gain full control of her career. In 1989, she released 'Janet Jackson's Rhythm Nation 1814', which sold nine million copies marking an even greater success. At this time, she met dancer Rene Elizendo JR who had appeared in her sister's LaToya Jackson's music video. They fell in love and married in 1991.

The same year, she received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame before returning to the studio to work on her next album. 'Janet' was released in 1993 and became her greatest-selling album to date shifting ten million copies in the US. Her biggest hit song 'That's The Way Love Goes' came from this album.

Jackson released a Greatest Hits album in 1995, which was followed by her seventh album 'Velvet Rope' in 1997. In 2000, she divorced Elizendo. She went on to enjoy hits with 'All For You' (2001), 'Damita Jo' in 2004, '20 Y.O' (2006) and 'Discipline' in 2008. She revealed on 15 May 2012 that she was returning to the studio to record her 11th album.

Spanning two decades, from her Grammy-award winning 'Control', to her chart-topping 'Rhythm Nation' and 'Velvet Rope' albums, Janet Jackson has sold 50 million albums, and has become one of the world's most ambitious and respected pop stars.