Janet Jackson Discusses Her Family and Past Loves in Trailer for Lifetime Doc

Janet Jackson Documentary (Lifetime)

It’s Janet Jackson like you’ve never seen her before in the new trailer for her Lifetime and A&E documentary Janet.

Lifetime released the latest trailer for the four-hour film on New Year’s day.

The video shows the superstar singer getting candid about her famous family, her past romantic relationships, and the fallout from child molestation accusations against her late brother Michael Jackson.

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The trailer begins with an interviewer asking the notoriously private “Control” singer why she agreed to participate in a film about her life and career.

“It’s just something that needs to be done,” Janet says.

Later, the 55-year-old performer is shown returning to her childhood neighborhood in Gary, Indiana. While her father Joe Jackson worked to transform her older brothers into The Jackson 5, Janet says she felt left out.

“There were times when I just didn’t understand where I actually fit in,” she explains. “My father was very strict. He was in charge of my life, my career, and my father said, ‘You’re going to sing.'”

Janet Jackson is shown with her father Joe Jackson. (Credit: Lifetime/Jackson Family)
Janet Jackson is shown with her father Joe Jackson. (Credit: Lifetime/Jackson Family)

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Janet is also asked if the child molestation accusations against Michael affected her career. She says yes, adding, “guilty by association.”

In another part of the video, she looks back on her relationships with James DeBarge, René Elizondo Jr., and Jermaine Dupri.

“I didn’t need a Janet Jackson to amplify my life, but I feel like it did,” Dupri says during a confessional interview.

The film is timed to celebrate the 40th anniversary of Jackson’s debut album “Janet Jackson,” which was released on Sept. 21, 1982 by A&M Records.

As previously reported, the authorized documentary includes archival footage and Jackson’s never before seen home videos. Lifetime says the film’s producers were given “full, unprecedented access to the global icon.”

Janet is produced for Lifetime and A&E by Workerbee (a Banijay UK company) and co-produced by AEC (Associated Entertainment Corporation). Rick Murray executive produces for Workerbee. Ben Hirsch serves as Director. Brie Miranda Bryant serves as executive producer for A+E networks. Janet Jackson and Randy Jackson are also producers.

Janet will simulcast over two nights on Lifetime and A&E starting Friday, Jan. 28 at 8/7c.