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“There were times when Mike used to tease me and call me names. Pig, horse, slaughter hog, or cow,” Jackson expressed. “He would laugh about it, and I’d laugh too, but then there was somewhere down inside that it would hurt,” she continued. “When you have somebody say you’re too heavy, it affects you.”
Jackson said her weight issues began when she took on the breakout role as Penny in the 1970s sitcom Good Times at just 11-years-old. Despite being teased by her superstar brother, he was the closest sibling to her along with her brother Randy. But they drifted apart as they grew older.
Over the years, Jackson had personal battles with weight fluctuation. In the documentary, she describes herself as an emotional eater. “When I get stressed or something is really bothering me, it [food] comforts me”, said Jackson. She also blames fame for many of her troubles saying, “having the Jackson name comes with a great deal of scrutiny.”
The two-part docuseries Janet airs January 28 and 29 at 8 p.m. ET/7 p.m.CT on Lifetime and A&E.