Janet speaks to Newsweek


In a short Q&A session with Newsweek, Janet answers questions on Britney, Paula Abdul and her guilty pleasure. She speaks to Nicki Gostin.

You’re the biggest star in the movie. Did you have the biggest trailer?
No, I think Tyler’s was bigger than mine.

Were you second biggest?

The Us Weekly cover about your weight loss was a huge seller. Why?
Because it’s an issue that everybody has, everybody can relate to.

What’s your guilty pleasure?
Probably caramel apples.

Don’t you find your teeth sort of stick together?
It’s not hard caramel, it’s soft.

What about Ring Dings?
I’ve never heard of Ring Dings.

You were on “Diff’rent Strokes.” Was there a curse on those kids?
I wouldn’t say a curse. It’s just being in this business is really difficult, especially when you grow up in it and still have a career at it as an adult. It’s not an easy task, and your parents have to have a really tight hold on the reins from day one. I think that’s where it all begins.

What advice do you have for Britney?
A lot of people are passing judgment. No one knows what she’s going through. Maybe that’s where I would begin, by asking what’s troubling her, if anything.

You gave Paula Abdul her big break. Don’t you think you should be getting some “American Idol” money?
No, not at all. That’s very funny that you said so.