Janet Jackson knows what it’s like to lose a loved one, and now she’s offering some advice to Whitney Houston’s daughter Bobbi Kristina on how to deal with the grief over her mother’s death.
“You have to come to terms at some point. You have to actually give it up to God,” says Jackson, who still mourns the loss of her brother, Michael Jackson. “It sounds so mean, but you have to move on. You can’t hold onto that because it can be very devastating.”
Jackson, who spoke to Anderson Cooper for an interview airing Monday on his talk show, adds, “Sometimes therapy is the best thing.”
Jackson acknowledges that there is something unique about the tragedy of losing one’s mom. “I lost my brother, she lost her mother. There’s a difference,” says Jackson. “I don’t know what that’s like being so young.”
The grief of loss never goes away says Jackson. “There’s never a day, not one day has gone by where I don’t think about my brother,” she says. But she also says, “You have to go on with life. You figure out a way to move on.”
Jackson also praises Houston’s immense talent: “[She was] incredible. She was known as ‘The Voice.’ When she would open her mouth, this instrument would come out you would obviously understand why,” she says. “She was such a sweet, sweet soul.”