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Janet Jackson against children in showbiz

Los Angeles: She herself may have been in the spotlight since her childhood but R&B star Janet Jackson is against exposing kids to show business at an early age.

Although she has no regrets about her three decades in the public eye as a singer and actress, the `Rhythm Nation` singer says show business is "just too difficult" for
children, reported CNN.

"A kid should have a life. They should enjoy their childhood. They only get one," Jackson said.

The 44-year-old star and her late brother Michael Jackson had been in the showbiz since childhood, he as the lead singer of the Jackson Five, she as a performer on television shows like `Good Times` and `Diff`rent Strokes`.

The Grammy-winning performer has had numerous hit albums since her 1986 set, `Control`. She is scheduled to perform on Friday at the opening of this year`s Essence Music Festival.

Jackson has been singing since the 1980s and has continued acting, appearing in two Tyler Perry movies in the past year, but she said the pressures on child performers are too great.

"Maybe when they turn 18, if that`s what they want to go into, then that`s on them," she said.

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