I always loved Janet as a little girl, even though I couldn’t understand at the time the messages of the RN1814 album or the sexual innuendo of the Janet. album. But it was my early teen years, when the Velvet Rope came out, that I was really touched by her.
At that time, I was in the worst of my teen years. I was bullied at school, my sister was getting into trouble, I was severely depressed. At that time though, she started talking about her own bout with depression, how she bottled it up since childhood and it just came out. I was trying to hide and pretend I was okay, but after hearing her story I knew it was okay for me to just be sad or else I would go crazy. So it would comfort me to just cry and listen to her songs.
I still deal with depression, but I know I am not alone. And it’s ok not to be ok, that what Janet taught me most of all.
I still thank her today for helping me deal with my depression and have been lucky to see her at the AFY and Number Ones tours and hopefully when she starts touring again. I’m happy for her starting a family and know she deserves true happiness.