Janet Jackson stopped by the Today show this morning to discuss her new book, True You, due out tomorrow. During the candid interview with Meredith Viera, the usually very private singer discussed her struggles with her body image, which were brought on by developing “at a very, very young age.”

Jackson recounted, “I started getting breasts when I was 10, and to make me look more flat chested (on the set of her show ‘Good Times’) they would bind my chest. Immediately, it says OK, the way you are, you’re not good enough. And that affected me at 10 years old.”

Janet also told Viera how she would “literally bang [her] head against the wall” because she didn’t feel attractive enough and was called “Horse, pig, cow, slaughter-hog” by her brothers.

In her new book, True You: A Journey to Finding and Loving Yourself, Jackson reminisces about her earlier struggles with self-esteem, her relationship with her father, missing Michael, and gives advice on how she overcame her demons to finally love herself.

Check Janet Jackson’s interview on Today.

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  • African Mami

    Their father seems to be a constant variable in their self-esteem issues.

    • @ African Mami, you are right! So sad:-( Janet looks great though with her short hair.

  • boho.barbie

    Michael, Janet, Latoya, Jermaine all seem(ed) to be suffering from self-esteem issues. Idk what was going on in the Jackson home!

  • Bullseye

    I can’t quite swallow the image issue thing so much as her pop image doesn’t have to much pop now a days…. Plus the family usage of cosmetic surgery in the later years, haven’t gone over to big in their appearances… No excuses Janet., We’re talking “AGING” here… If left to me.., I’d lock her in the studio for 6-8 mos with a treadmill & some “Good Times” reruns & make her sing me Love Songs… Da Big Baby….