52-year old pop icon Janet Jackson is the latest cover star for
The mom of one opened up on her career, struggle with depression
amongst other things.
Read excerpts from the interview;
On struggling with depression: I struggled with depression. The
struggle was intense. Low self-esteem might be rooted in childhood
feelings of inferiority. It could relate to failing to meet impossibly
high standards. And of course there are always the societal issues
of racism and sexism. Put it all together and depression is a
tenacious and scary condition. Thankfully, I found my way through it.
On happiness: When it comes to happiness, I’m no expert. I have
only my life experience as a guide. I’ve known great happiness and
great sadness. But I guess the key question is, What do I really know
about happiness? In my forties: Like millions of women in the world,
I still heard voices inside my head berating me, voices questioning
my value. Happiness was elusive. A reunion with old friends might
make me happy. A call from a colleague might make me happy. But
because sometimes I saw my failed relationships as my fault, I easily
fell into despair.
On her one-year-old son Eissa: 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.
On #MeToo: We are living at a time in history when women all over
the world are refusing to be controlled, manipulated, exploited or
abused. We have found our strength, and we will not relent.