It's been a whirlwind year for Janet Jackson.
The superstar opened up in an interview on Atlanta radio station Q100 Tuesday, talking about the media scrutiny she's endured. Jackson said "it gets pretty painful" when tabloid stories involve her nieces and nephews and "it's hard to shield them."
The "Make Me" singer specifically mentioned an occasion where a "silly story" said one of her nieces was actually her daughter. "It's just crazy," Jackson stated. "Why wouldn't we look alike? We're related."
Jackson said this year helped her realize she's a strong woman. "I'm a lot stronger than I thought I was," she confessed. The 43-year-old said her mother is also strong because it's essential in the world of show business.
While Jackson admitted, "I'm not that kind of girl who stays in touch with exes," she revealed that she's stayed close with ex-boyfriend Jermaine Dupri. After seven years together, the couple officially parted ways in September, but Jackson confirmed, "He's one of my best friends. I love, love, love him to death."
Longtime couple Janet Jackson and Jermaine Dupri have been together since 2002, but Dupri was noticeably absent from Michael Jackson's public memorial on July 7. Now Us Weekly is reporting the two have parted ways.
Sources tell the mag, "They have been moving in different directions for a while." The two are rumored to be polar opposites. A source says, "Jermaine likes to be out there, mingling with everybody, and Janet's more shy."
Jermaine, 36, has produced numerous songs on Janet's, 43, last two albums. The two were even rumored to have tied the knot in 2008.
Jackson is currently mourning the death of her older brother. An insider tells Us Weekly, "She's devastated" and caring for Michael's children.
Rumors are circulating that Janet Jackson has split from longtime beau Jermaine Dupri, but are they true?
Don't believe it! Whispers began after Dupri was noticeably absent from Michael Jackson's public memorial service, but the singers are reportedly still together.
Dupri deejayed at Borgata in Atlantic City over the weekend, where he spun a tribute to Michael.
Rapper Jermaine Dupri broke his silence about rumors that he and Janet Jackson are splitting up -- and talk that she's expecting.
"No she is not pregnant and yes we're still together," Jermaine writes on his website, Global14.com. He adds, "It baffles me how y'all let these blogs and magazines control your lives."
Janet and Jermaine have been dating for four years.
After pregnancy rumors hit the web, Janet Jackson's boyfriend/record producer Jermaine Dupri said the two are not expecting.
Dupri set the record straight with Hollyscoop, saying, "No, y'all stop saying that, when she gets pregnant everyone will know."
Rumors of a future mini Miss Jackson began to swirl after Janet, 42, canceled numerous performances during her tour in October due to a mystery illness, later revealed to be migraines.