That Grape Juice Interviews Janet Jackson

Published: Monday 14th May 2012 by David

Legendary. Iconic. Diva.

These are but a few of the terms oft employed to describe the incomparable Janet Jackson.

Alas, it was little surprise then to see the dizzy decibels a small New York crowd whipped up when the Pop royal made her first public appearance since the debut of her new svelte physique last Thursday (May 10th 2012). The youngest of the Jackson clan came to see friend and fashion photographer Marco Glaviano’s Supermodels gallery.

That Grape Juice was on hand and fortunate enough to briefly catch up with the megastar. Ever keen to ask the questions you really want answers to, we probed Janet about her upcoming music and film work, reuniting with Jimmy Jam, her Nutrisystem diet, and even some of her geeky-tendencies.

Check out our EXCLUSIVE interview with icon Janet Jackson after the jump!

Janet Jackson Shouts Out That Grape Juice

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Hi, Janet! Everyone’s wondering, as far as music goes can we expect anything new anytime soon?

Yeah! It’s in the beginning stages. I’ve been putting it together. I’ve been working on that and directing. And also I just did a deal with Lionsgate, so I’ve been producing, putting all that together.

What kind of movies are you looking to make in the future as a producer or as an actress?

Ones that have a lot of energy. I love action films, I love Sci-Fi. I love all that stuff.

I didn’t expect you to say sci-fi!

Right, I’m not a geek! I was a huge fan of the Marvel Comics. I used to collect the flash cards when I was younger, let’s put it like that.

Who’s your favorite superhero?

Oh my gosh, I’ve had a few. I love Knight, ugh, I can’t think now! I love Storm from “X-Men”. There are a few.

Who are you wearing tonight? Your jacket is fantastic.


You’ve lost a lot of weight with the help of NutriSystem, but everyone wants to know, what is your favorite healthy food to indulge on and favorite cheat food?

Let me start by saying that NutriSystem really has everything, they really do. The one thing they don’t have that I absolutely love is caramel apples. So I’ll go to Dylan’s Candy Bar and get caramel apples there.

What are your plans for summer?

Well, I’ll be working! Basically what I’m doing now; starting the process of getting the songs, of getting everything together for the album.

Do you have a deadline for when you want to have it completed?

No (big smile), I don’t. Yea, and I’m glad I don’t, no pressure.

What is your process for recording an album? Where does it all start?

It really starts with my life, and where I am in my life at that moment. And that’s the beginning of the energy, the beginning of the process. I need to make sure I start feeling that thing when I sit and write. That’s where true love begins.

Are there any producers you’ve worked with in the past that you plan on bringing back for your next album?

(Big smile)You mean like Jimmy J (Jimmy Jam)?

Anyone! Whoever you want to talk about.

We talked about it a little bit. We’ll just have to wait and see, I don’t know. But we’re still very good friends. We stay in touch all the time. Always texting each other telling each other how much we really love one another. And um, that’s really it!

Are there any artists today who you are really wowed by?

I think Adele’s done an incredible job- a wonderful job. And you know who I love to watch? Bruno Mars. I think he’s absolutely wonderful. He’s very talented and I love how he’s kind of low-key about it. It’s nice.

What’s something about Janet Jackson that we don’t already know?

(Big smile) There’s a lot but I just don’t want to tell you! That’s the thing. If you read True You you’ll find out things about me that you didn’t know. And it’s the truth, you will. But um, no, I don’t think I wanna tell you about that stuff! I’ll save it for the autobiography…

What do you want your legacy to be?

Someone who really wanted to try and make the world smile through their music, and have a good time.


Interview by Josh Wexler (That Grape Juice, New York)

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  1. JJFan1814 May 14, 2012


  2. JJFan1814 May 14, 2012

    Short but great!!! I think Janet already accomplished on completing her legacy. She’s always vague though when it comes to business ventures…I really want more details on this album!!!! Darkchild, Jimmy Jam/Terry Lewis for sure!!!!!!!!

  3. Meme May 14, 2012

    Her albums gunna flop like MDNA. Her best days are well behind her.

    • reginarenee June 13, 2012

      your really vague about life! huh

    • admusik July 27, 2012

      why u gotta be so negative??

    • Eternal August 22, 2012

      Really, seriously?? No negativity in the presence of the Queen. Save that BS for Madonna since you brought her up.

    • 50 Degrees of SHADE October 16, 2012


  4. B Lamont May 14, 2012

    Finally the interview I’ve been waiting for!!!! Short, Sweet and to the point. Only question missing was if the tour was going to continue. Love how she plugs Nutrisystem and True You but without shoving it down your face.

  5. kingphoenix May 14, 2012

    @Sam could you not post a regular video interview because Janet wasn’t audible enough….

  6. Queen. May 14, 2012

    Queen Janet 🙂

  7. Destiny May 14, 2012

    @meme thanks for being a negative person! Hope you have accomplished your mission in life! Meanwhile, Ms. Jackson is enjoying her life and being a positive person. Love to you (you need it). Celeb’s are people too! I get tired of reading negative comments about Janet, Beyonce, And Rhianna E.T.C on these blogs. I know the world is not all sunshine and roses but geeze! can satan & negativity take a day off?

  8. Ugh May 14, 2012

    How the hell did you guys manage to interview Janet????????????????
    wow, i’m impressed.

  9. idrag May 14, 2012

    wow congrats on such high profile interview

  10. Dunk May 14, 2012

    VERY IMPRESSIVE! Janet is a living LEGEND one of the best of our time, in my eyes THE BEST next to MJ, very excited about her upcoming projects thanks so much thatgrapejuice!

  11. stoney-brie May 14, 2012

    WOW that’s really an A List right there!!! i have to applaud u guys!

    nice and short, she still knows how to hide still lol

  12. SHESDUMB May 14, 2012


  13. Ryan May 14, 2012

    Well done on interviewing the Queen!

  14. Miasd May 14, 2012

    I’d be lying if I said I wasnt shocked that you guys interview Janet. GREAT INTERVIEW! but toni braxton and many others are A list and accomplish.. but wow this is Janet!

  15. Edgy_Timeless May 14, 2012

    Damn, yall really got Janet.. who would think. It dont get any bigger then that.. Cute interview..

  16. Beyonce’s Kryptonite May 14, 2012

    Great job, TGJ!!! Finally, an A-list talent has done an interview with you. #noshade

  17. KAT DELUNA FAN May 14, 2012


    good interview and good job!!

  18. KPnDC May 14, 2012

    NOW this is an interview, congrats GrapeJuice! I love Janet, I wouldn’t mind another album, but I want her to take her time. I think she’s finding her groove again w/ the success of the Tour, Book & Nutrisystem. Looking forward to whatever she has to offer in the future. Once again congratulations Grapes on such a high profile interview.

  19. R May 14, 2012


  20. mobwife May 14, 2012

    Kudos @TGJ/SAM for grabbing this interview with a true ICON & LEGEND Janet D. Jackson! 🙂

    I’m gonna need the music industry to step up! Where are the Janet Jackson tributes? She has been in the game for well over 25+ years! What’s the hold-up? I bet you a dollar to a doughnut they will cite the “ATTACK BY JUSTINE TIMEBERfake” oops I mean the “WARDROBE MALFUNCTION” as the reason!

  21. Boopi May 14, 2012

    WOW!!!! CONGRATULATIONS THAT GRAPE JUICE!!!!!!!!! WOW!!!!!!!!!!!! How did you manage to interview QUEEN JANET???? What a blessing!!!!!!

    Thank you so much for asking her about her music!!! Were you able to show or tell her about that topic you had on this website about what kind of music we wanted to hear from her. I think the topic was call A&R Janet’s now album.


  22. Skintightjeans May 14, 2012

    Why would she talk to you bootleg ass muthasuckas! But glad she did! I love her!

  23. Girrrl May 14, 2012

    Love Janet.and wish her all the best! Janet did receive a huge tribute by MTV and was their first icon in 2001.

  24. Onyx May 14, 2012


    May 14, 2012 at 6:26 am

    Her albums gunna flop like MDNA. Her best days are well behind her.

    So what, that is not gonna change the fact that both women are living legends, almost mythical, the day the new female singers like Beyonce, Rihanna, Gaga and Katy Perry sell what Janet and Madonna has sold in their beginnings then we talk and don’t come to me with that s*** about “Times are different” coz look Adele sales.

  25. vanessa May 14, 2012

    wow great interview asked the questions we all wanted to know u have come a long way to interview icon janet

  26. willy May 14, 2012

    WOW!!!!! Can’t believe that u got to interview JANET JACKSON!!!!!
    Thank you for keep asking about the new album. Hopefully, the album will be out by Thanksgiving or Christmas 😀





  28. That Tea May 14, 2012

    Now y’all know this is made up. Don’t even front.

  29. That Tea May 14, 2012

    You didn’t get this interview. You just took things she said in that other interview, added stuff, and created something that only half sounds like something Janet would actually say. Nice try though.

  30. WILD DEBUTANTE May 14, 2012

    More than likely TGJ were probably apart of the red carpet press at this event and had the opportunity to stop her for a quick interview, I don’t think there faking it.

    anyway, Janet is so humbling and sweet and its hard not to like her, Though im not her biggest fan, I do enjoy a lot of her music and her tours & live shows are mind blowing, Janet is a TRUE performer. My main b****** are Madonna, Britney, & Rihanna but Janet is one of my honorable mention b****** along with Kylie Minogue 🙂

  31. kimberly May 14, 2012

    This album is gonna be so much better than MDNA!!!!! I know janet is not into that techno s***. she is beyond that.

    The idiot above me, how many times must the hall of fame repeat that being iconic and a legend has no attachments to popularity and album sales. grow up. You are sure a madonna fan,, explain that fact that her album is not even gold yet since you are stuck on sales, her singing and dancing is below average. Not forgetting her stage on tour will be a circus to help distract her audience from her saggy pu$$y. Janet will slauter madonna on a stage all day everyday.

  32. POP ROYALTY ( RéVolution) May 14, 2012


  33. NX127 – BABE LEME PU’MA BAREH ONYO BAREH May 14, 2012

    I don’t know about the Jacksons… It’s such a “OH WHAT ARE YOU TALKING ABOUT” I know but I still don’t have any curiousity to discover MJ or JJ’s music or anything.

    Can somebody please believe me that I’ve NEVER heard a song for MJ??


  34. NX127 – BABE LEME PU’MA BAREH ONYO BAREH May 14, 2012

    and talking about MJ, I have worked on this speech more than my Archiving exam.

    Dear @Perrylucious, I don’t know where you at, though.


    OK, I’m maybe one out of seventy-one f****** on this earth who should be smacked and then beaten down and then pissed-on in that military zone where Rihanna filmed the MV for “Hard”, but I feel my stomach turn whenever I hear his name. When I see his picture, there’s another talk, I throw out to death. Can’t tell you what it feels when I get to hear his voice.

    THIS^^ Is one thing, and saying “Katy Perry rules, MJ who?” is a whole another thing.

    You’ve Just Set The New Standard Definition of Ignorance and Kat DeLusion. So be proud of yourself.

    This’s not FUNNY or even disappointing… This’s just embarrassing to read. Just too much for human being’s brain to handle it.

    @Perrylucious :

    * S E A T /

  35. kingphoenix May 14, 2012


    Lmfao, the girls are going off for @Sam getting this interview, forgetting how malicious and basic he acts any other time…smh. I don’t congratulate him on being able to hear her and transcribe her thoughts…though. I couldn’t do it…

  36. NX127 – BABE LEME PU’MA BAREH ONYO BAREH May 14, 2012


    Did you just day “New Album”???????


  37. Yes Please May 14, 2012

    Congrats! Janet is the biggest get for ThatGrapeJuice ever!

  38. Javantethesofine May 14, 2012

    Enjoyed the interview with Janet.

  39. socialstudy1 May 14, 2012

    Congrats on the interview with JJ. 🙂 I was excited to read it. I love JJ. I’m hoping she’ll release some new music this summer, if not sooner. I miss her. 🙂
    I think she should try working with Bruno Mars, Emeli Sande, Missy Elliott, David Guetta, Diplo and/or Darkchild on her new album.
    I’m so excited to hear she’s started the process. YAY!!!! 🙂

  40. POP ROYALTY ( RéVolution) May 14, 2012

    @kingPhonix ;

    i could care less about a f*****’ sam , we all know how dirty this b**** is. but anyway , the post is a FLOP , if a post can’t get 300+ comments in TGJ , we all know it’s a FLOP.

    anyway , janet is Good. and good job for TGJ getting her ass to talk. her answers are ODD tbh.

    anyway , Hello ! missed ya 😉

  41. POP ROYALTY ( RéVolution) May 14, 2012

    @NX127 :

    it’s OK , not everyone like MJ !

    and you still alive , right ? so listening to MJ’s MUSIC is not essential.

    anyway , R.I.P. MJ , i won’t disrespect this great man …. 🙂

  42. JOSE May 14, 2012

    Congrats SAM! Im figuring Rihanna turned down a interview thats why you shade her so much.

    Getting Janet to even look in your directon is #MAJAH!

    OH and

    “Can somebody please believe me that I’ve NEVER heard a song for MJ??”

    GWORLLL! Bye! You’re not from this planet if you dont know one MJ song even ppl in Africa in huts know his music.. stop it 🙂

  43. MISHKA May 14, 2012


    You mean she’ll read what I’m gonna write? Ooookay!

    Janet, I looooooove you, you’re such an inspiration for all the girls and women out there!

    Im glad you didn’t enroll for the XFactor, you’re so much above that. Be a legend, Janet and STAY THERE.

    Take good care of Prince, Paris and Blanket. WE LOVE YOU, Damita Jo!

  44. raquel May 14, 2012

    THIS WOMEN IS DAMN REAL . SHE just great .

  45. Mr.B May 14, 2012

    Queen Janet!!!!

  46. JanStan May 14, 2012

    This made my day!! Can’t wait for the new album. The Queen will always reign

  47. JER May 14, 2012

    i doubt this interview even took place. No video, the sound was inaudible. When i see video of Sam’s FAT ASS sitting down and interviewing Janet Jackson i’ll believe it. Til then, puleaze.

  48. AC May 14, 2012

    You may have had this interview in your dreams, but that’s about it. This is obviously fabricated. Don’t congratulate this fool for posting lies. Watch the real interview Janet did with Extra on their youtube channel.

  49. Bey Fan May 15, 2012

    YAYYYYYYYYY….proud of TGJ…you snagged a Pop Icon. Queen JJ…

    I hope this album does well. But if not, she’s already a icon.

    I dont know about Janet and these sci-fi/action movies…but maybe she jus wants to produce em…

    Congrats TGJ…..

  50. ass May 15, 2012

    kudos on the janet interview! She is the best. I love how she plugged her good friend Dylan Lauren’s candy shop! Janet is right about their carmel apples! Yum. Also the frozen hot chocolate at serendpity 3 is the s***, if your here in NYC. Lol.

    Any how, looking forward to all the new projects from Janet. She is a marvel.

    Sam don’t forget to post about janet’s b-day tomorrow. She’ll be in paris for the amfar fundraiser as usual.

    I love her loyalty to those she loves. Wearing Mcqueen to the event. He loved her so. She was one of his favorite muses. May he RIP.

    I see you janet!

  51. Popeater May 15, 2012

    Love Miss Jackson!!!!! Come on with some new music!!! I liked where she was going with “Make me” and “Nothing”. Hopefully more of that, and re-teaming with Jimmy and Terry would be awesome!!!

  52. 0515 May 15, 2012

    happy early bday to Janet!!! Kudos to grapejuice for getting an A-lister. Janet is the best hands down!!!

  53. Sigh May 15, 2012

    An interview with a flop? Big deal! This lady has beem irrelevant for a decade, compared to the other female contemporaries. Her past few albums have sunk lower than the titanic, filled with crap that sounds the same. Her peak was in the 90s, and it will stay there.

    The Queen…of flops

  54. Jessica May 15, 2012

    @SIGH|: AWWW, are you mad that Janet is an icon, and your non-factor ass is not?? LMAO!!! Where is your record?? NOWHERE!!! LMAO!!! B**** Janet Jackson been in the scene for 30 years, you ZERO YEARS!!! SO YOU SIR ARE THE FLOP- THE KING/QUEEN OF FLOPS!!! BYE GIRL FLY GIRL B****!!! LMAO!!!

  55. FP May 15, 2012

    Mary J. Blige , Janet Jackson … Congrats TGJ !
    Even though the site is falling off. BIG TIME !!

  56. Sterling Infinity May 15, 2012

    I’m not going to lie I’m a lil jealous you guys talked with Janet Jackson… Mrs Jackson cause I’m nasty lol. I would still marry her!!!

  57. nOt24seven May 15, 2012

    This just further proves my point that I made when two fools on my twitter tl had the balls to say that Janet is more talented than Michael..when I saw that this site did an interview with her I was like yeah, she is further down the list from A then I had thought..this is the kind of interview on a blog that someone should do when they are just coming out..not of a caliber that Janet should have been at..ugh!

  58. dezi May 15, 2012

    Janet did this interview out of pure humbleness SORRY BUT SHE DOESN’T THINK SHE’S TOO GOOD or ABOVE talking to certain people which is why she is still RELEVANT after 30 years in the game. When the public forgets about you that’s when you’re IRRELEVANT. I’ve even seen janet’s name (On many occasions ) come up in post that had nothing to do with her at all … Janet continue to do you. People are just jealous because your blood-line is connected to one of the world’s most famous family so they want to reduce you and minimize your success which is well documented in the history books. Although your brother mike is no longer here his stats are still slaying – it’s nothing but JEALOUSY just keep doing you janet ..God bless.

  59. B Lamont May 16, 2012

    It’s funny how people come on this site and badmouth it…WHY ARE U HERE IF YOU DON”T LIKE THE SITE OR THINK IT”S BOOTLEG?!?!?!? GET A F***IN LIFE!!!!

  60. B_STANNING May 16, 2012

    Wow TGJ was able to grab Queen JANET

  61. 4321 May 16, 2012

    Happy Birthday Janet!!

  62. Bey Fan May 16, 2012

    Happppppy Birthdayyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy

  63. Janetallday May 16, 2012

    Happy Birthday Ms. Janet

  64. Jer May 16, 2012

    What is it gonna be up there all year?

  65. loso May 16, 2012

    mj’s smooth criminal video shits on beyonces whole career

  66. chocolatebox777 May 16, 2012

    Jimmy Jam said recently that he completed a couple songs with her b4 MJ passed but she stopped. I guess she is back again… Can’t wait for that

  67. BitchIcantevenspellwelfare May 16, 2012


  68. fatmat May 16, 2012

    why is this still pinnned? janet jackson? :/

  69. ass May 17, 2012

    happy birthday Ms. Jackson!!!!

  70. Marcus May 17, 2012

    I liked the interview.

  71. Yellow Gorillah May 17, 2012

    Do you gurls really think the queen SAT DOWN AND TALKED To TGJ!

    gurlllll NO!

    They probs was a part of the red carpet or got into the event from the back and managed to grab her for a quick second LOOOOL That’s why it was short duhhh

    But Anyways I love THE QUEEN! Gagging for this new ALBUM! The Janetkidz are waiting.

    + lool at these lessers calling the Queen of Pop a flop Her Last name alone slays your life!

  72. levi c** May 17, 2012

    amazing you got janet and great questions just what we wanted to know faantastic love you janet and all your music !

  73. JER May 17, 2012

    please unpin this fake ass Janet Jackson interview, it’s so never never land please.

  74. JayJackie May 18, 2012

    janet is soooo beautiful and her body is OMG beautiful.

    … PSA: Lace Front Wigs Are the Leading Cause of Forehead Cancer in African American Women – <<ladies be careful

  75. Gigi May 18, 2012

    I’ve always loved her. I hope her next album is great and huge !

  76. DEDE May 19, 2012

    Lol she used to be great now she is just like any other washed up singer and im tired of seeing this as the first post on this web. Let the other posts shine.

  77. JohnnyBlaze82 May 19, 2012

    Janet is my Favorite. I love her and she’s been there, done that. She doesn’t have to prove herself to anybody anymore. #legendstatus

  78. TheFame May 19, 2012

    TAKE THIS DOWN DAMN! !!!!!!!

  79. TheFame May 19, 2012


  80. David May 20, 2012

    Great interview

  81. TAKE THIS DOWN ! May 20, 2012


  82. mammal May 20, 2012

    how long we gotta see that stupid face first on here. come on. she payd for that place? bah. whatever. summer it is. go out. leave the net to adnoisers.

  83. Chester May 20, 2012

    The LEGEND Returns !!!

  84. Chester May 20, 2012

    I Want her next album to be like All For You !

  85. C-Squad (Fantasy Ride) May 20, 2012

    damn, Sam you got to interview THE QUEEN?!!! thats a big step up from your Skeri Hilson and Lil Kim interviews. I loved it but I wish it was longer. thanks tgj!!

  86. Love4Janet May 22, 2012

    Why all the haters got beyonce pix. STOP you are making her(beyonce) look bad. Janet is in a legendary lane and has been there for years! Doesn’t need your approval. Claim not to be a fan but read this whole article? senseless. I personally am looking forward to new music and movies. Best wishes to her and she looks great

  87. J July 5, 2012

    She is just pure class and I love her.

  88. Flopnet July 28, 2012

    She;s pure class – yeah right. Tell it to the kid she slapped.

    • tits mcgee August 20, 2012

      See the retraction from tnx h**. Janet is a real woman. Abusing kids is your momma’s s*** not her’s. So shut up!

  89. JOHN July 31, 2012


  90. Stylesp August 5, 2012

    Great Interview!!!

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