Janet Jackson has been a nasty girl, a loving mom and a whole lot more -- and she peels back some of those layers in a new "open letter" in Essence magazine.
Miss Jackson, who appears on the cover of the mag's "Happiness" issue, writes about interludes of happiness from childhood to the present. She recalls:
- In her teens: “Happiness came when people asked me to perform…but I was happiest when I was pleasing others and not myself. An older and wiser Janet might have said, ‘True happiness is knowing you’re doing the best you can.'"
- In her 30s: "These were difficult years, when I struggled with depression. The struggle was intense. I could analyze the source of my depression forever. Thankfully, I found my way way through it.”
- And now, at age 52: "Now the height of happiness is holding my baby son in my arms and hearing him coo, or when I look into his smiling eyes and watch him respond to my tenderness. When I kiss him. When I sing him softly to sleep. During those sacred times, happiness is everywhere."