In the new beauty issue of InStyle, Janet Jackson revealed that she has lost 70 pounds after having her son Eissa Al Mana at age 50. Janet — who is now 52, credits her personal trainer for getting back into shape. She explained, “I give it up to Paulette Sybliss. She’s incredible. And she never made me feel like I have to deprive myself of anything. She would say, ‘What do you like? OK, I’m going to put that in. What do you enjoy? OK, I’m going to put that in.'” Janet also opens up about her new healthy lifestyle, saying, “I don’t eat meat anymore, just fish occasionally and veggies. But I love catfish. I love a fried fish. But I’m also crazy about grilled fish. I love Snickers.”

She continued, “There were a lot of sweets that I have only tried as an adult. Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups. Is that the little round one? I just tried that last year for the first time. It’s very good,” Jackson noted. “I finally tried a KitKat a couple of years ago.”


Today, Janet says she is more secure about her body than she's ever been. She explained, “A lot of it has to do with experience, getting older. Understanding, realizing that there isn't just one thing that is considered beautiful. Beautiful comes in all shapes, sizes, and colors.”

As a therapeutic exercise, she said, “I had to find something in my body that I loved, and that was difficult for me to do. At first, I couldn't find anything. I would look in the mirror and start crying. I didn't like that I was not attractive. I didn't like anything about me. But I wound up falling in love with the small of my back. And then from there I found more things. And then finally realizing my smile isn't that bad after all. I thought I looked like the Joker because it was so big.”

Janet added that she feels “most beautiful” when she is with her baby “because of the gift that God has given me and that he allowed me to do so at that age.”

Here's some more quotes from Janet in InStyle:

On her daily schedule on tour with her 20-month-old son Eissa: “My son, Eissa, wakes me up in the morning around 7:30 or 8. I change his diaper. Breakfast is prepared, and he has that. I'll go back into my room. That's when I answer my mail. Because overnight I get a ton of mail.” She continued, “I'll wash my face, brush my teeth, climb back into bed, answer more mail, make my calls, and around 10 a.m. I'll have my breakfast, and my son has his second breakfast with me. He sits on my lap, and we eat my breakfast together. Most of the time I'll start getting ready at 11. So, I will have showered and everything by then. I'll either work out or try to work out at the venue.”

Janet says she didn't feel sexy until well into her 30s: “I got out of a funky relationship and finally got back to me. I went to therapy, which was all about finding that thing you like about yourself. The realization that, you know what, you're not so bad after all. I'm not saying you're great or you're the best, but it's not as bad as you were made to feel that it was.” She added, “Loving that someone and trusting that someone, you believe that person when they tell you things. You think they're being as honest with you as you are with them. It was all to control the brain. That was around the time of All for You.”

Janet dated Jermaine Dupri for much of the 2000s. In a radio interciew, he took responsible of the demise of their relationship saying that he “probably did” cause “I'm a guy.”

The October issue of InStyle hits newsstands September 14th.