Jackson busy with album, film, book


Janet Jackson is in the midst of a busy fall, as she continues work on her Island Def Jam debut, stars in the Tyler Perry film "Why Did I Get Married" and pens a memoir based on her struggle with weight loss. Of the as-yet-untitled album, Jackson notes as of now, she isn't working with longtime producers Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis.

"And if we're really going to work together on this album, I don't know," she says. "I'm not quite sure. Hopefully we can and we'll get together and be able to do at least a couple of things together."

In "Married," her first film in seven years, Jackson plays Patricia, a psychologist who's great at helping others but has trouble taking her own advice. She stars alongside Perry, Jill Scott, Malik Yoba and Sharon Leal.

"When I read the script, I fell in love with not only the character, who I felt like I could relate to a little bit, but also that it was an ensemble piece," she says. "That's what I had been looking for for a while."

As for the book, Jackson was inspired to write about her weight because "so many people have asked me about it and how did I do it. Everybody has a story to tell so this is my little story about that portion of my life."

One story Jackson declined to tell is about her brother Michael, who is reportedly working with will.i.am and Kanye West on his first album since 2001. "I don't speak about my brother any more," she says. "So that's my way of saying I'm not going to answer your question."