• Interview of Janet Jackson: “We Knew About Michael’s Drug Problem”

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    “Of course, that’s what you do. Those are the things that you do when you love someone. You can’t just let them continue on that way. And we did a few times. We weren’t very successful,” she tells Roberts about trying interventions with Michael.

    The singer also discusses her relationships, as well as how work was her savior after her brother died.

    Michael understood why his family would intervene: “How do I say this? Understanding. I guess that will be the best way to — understood that it was out of love, because of caring. But when it’s something like that, people can tend to be in denial.”

    Was Michael in denial? “I wish he could answer this question for you and not me. I felt that he was in denial.”

    Janet knew ultimately he would have to help himself: “You can’t make ‘em drink the water. … I’m a true believer in prayer, a big believer in prayer — but it’s, it’s something that you can’t do for them. Something they have to do for themselves.”

    She believes Dr. Conrad Murray should be held responsible for her brother’s death: “He was the one that was administering. I think he is responsible.”

    Trying to help Michael with his addiction was like trying to help her first husband, James DeBarge, with his: “It kinda goes back to my first relationship, something that you have to want. … it’s something they have to want.”

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