Janet Jackson Tells Niece, Paris, to ‘Enjoy Being a Kid’ Before Entertainment Career

No one knows more about growing up in the public eye than Janet Jackson.

The sister of the late pop legend Michael Jackson went from being an adorable girl on the small screen when she appeared in the sitcom “Good Times,” to being a grown-up head-turner on stage when her music career shot into the stratosphere.

But she’s also spoken publicly about the difficulties of being a child in such a tough business, and in an interview with Prevention magazine, Jackson said she doesn’t want her late brother’s daughter, 14-year-old Paris, to follow the same path.

In the latest issue of Prevention, Janet says she and her niece have talked about it.

“We’ve spoken about the fact that you’re only a child once. I think there’s a time for everything, and now is not the time [to act in films]. I told her I thought she should enjoy being a kid, possibly go to college — or not — but wait till she turns 18,” Jackson said, according to Prevention. “She’s a very tough, smart girl. But it’s a cutthroat industry. I wouldn’t want my child to do it.”


Pictured:  Paris Jackson appears at the Michael Jackson Hand and Footprint ceremony at Grauman’s Chinese Theatre on January 26, 2012 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)