Janet Jackson was told to lose 20 pounds by September or her record company won't release her new album. If that's not an incentive to diet and work out, what is?
That's the word from New York Post "Page Six" gossip columnist Richard Johnson who reports that her label, Virgin, needs a thin, lithe Janet in order to properly market it. An unnamed inside source dished to Page Six, "Janet had a really bad year. After the incident at the Super Bowl [two years ago], it just went downhill. Her album 'Damita Jo' was a flop. Then her brother Michael had the child-molestation trial--it just wasn't good to her."
So Janet enjoyed her comfort food and her waistline grew. And grew. In January, the New York Daily News reported that she feasted on a steady diet of "fried chicken and soul food" that included macaroni and cheese, candied yams, pork ribs and buttered corn bread, ballooning up from 118 pounds to a peak of 160 pounds.
Now Virgin has hired a personal trainer for Janet and put her on a diet. Still, yo-yo weight gain and loss is not that atypical for the pop star. "Janet always gains weight when she's not working and always loses it in time to promote her albums. Janet always takes care of it when it matters," the friend told Page Six.
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