Janet Jackson Confirms Family Staged Drug Interventions for Michael
The Jackson family did their best to stop Michael Jackson's addiction to prescription drugs by staging more than one intervention, Janet Jackson confirms to Robin Roberts in an interview clip which aired on Wednesday's Good Morning America.
"Of course, that's what you do," Jackson, 43, says. "Those are the things that you do when you love someone. You can't just let them continue on that way."
"We did a few times," says Janet, the youngest child in the family. "We weren't very successful."
The singer says that her brother responded in a measured way to his family's attempts to help. "He understood that it was out of love, out of caring. But people can be in denial."
When Roberts follows up to ask if Michael was in denial, she replies, "I wish he could answer this question. And not me."
Growing up, Jackson says that of her eight siblings, she was closest to "Mike." The last time she and her brother spent time together was "a few days before my birthday," May 16.
"We had a lot of fun laughing. He was cracking up . . . Laughing at me."
Michael Jackson died on June 25.