Janet Jackson can relate to Bobbi Kristina Brown's grief at the sudden death of her mother, Whitney Houston -- even though Jackson pointed out that their tragedies are not exactly the same.
In an interview with Anderson Cooper for his daytime talk show, Anderson, Jackson discussed the tragedy of losing her brother Michael Jackson and how she coped. When Cooper asked Jackson if she had any advice for the grief-stricken Bobbi Kristina, Janet didn't sugar coat her message.
It was hard for me, she continued. It was very difficult for me. I didn't want to accept it. It's very difficult, and you have to come to terms at some point. You have to actually give it up to God, and...it sounds so mean but you have to move on. You can't hold on to that. It can be very devastating.
Sometimes therapy is the best thing.
Michael Jackson died of respiratory arrest on June 25, 2009, after ingesting lethal amounts of the anesthetic propofol.
Anderson Cooper is no stranger to the sudden loss of a sibling. In 1988, Anderson's older brother Carter leapt to his death while their mother, Gloria Vanderbilt, was trying to coax him away from a ledge in the family's New York City apartment building. Cooper and his mother discussed Carter's death in a candid Anderson interview in Sept. 2011.
Then, and in his interview with Jackson, Cooper said he didn't believe there was any such thing as closure, calling it a made-up TV word.
I don't think there is either, Jackson agreed. But you have to go on with life.
It's always right here, she added, pointing to her head. There's never a day when I don't think about my brother. Not one day where I don't think about my brother. And my other brothers and sisters have said the same thing.
Whitney Houston's sudden death, believed to have been drug-related in some way, has reminded many of the loss of Michael Jackson -- two legendary musical superstars gone too soon; both deaths that could have been avoided.
An artist by the name of Rhea Isaacs created an illustration of Michael Jackson and Whitney Houston sitting together on a cloud. It’s nicer to think of what might be happening up there now (depending on your beliefs), the artist wrote on her tumblr. And personally I like to imagine Michael’s already there getting into Whitney’s ear like two, old friends.
Cooper's full interview with Janet Jackson will air on Anderson on Monday, Feb. 20.