London: Pop star Janet Jackson says she is happier with her body now than she was three decades ago.
From the age of 11 to 13 Jackson played Penny Woods in the Seventies black sitcom series, `Good Times`. But the singer tells Essence magazine that she was made to feel
embarrassed about her developing body during her time on the US TV series.
"When I was doing Good Times they wanted me to bind my chest," Jackson said.
"I started developing at a young age. They didn`t tell me that they were going to do this. They just did it as I was getting dressed for the first show. So under the little sweatshirt, that Band-Aid is wrapped around my chest to make me look flatter," she added.
"You`re an innocent kid and you immediately start thinking how you look naturally isn`t good enough. It really affected me, up until now," Jackson said.
`What Have You Done for Me Lately` singer, who appears on the front cover of the magazine, said she had now changed her attitude, "There comes a time when you don`t give an F what people say or think. You just do your thing because it`s
finally about you and not in a selfish way but in a great way."
Talking about her break up with long time boyfriend producer Jermaine Dupri, Jackson said, "I`m so fortunate. I`m a free agent. I`m not trapped in a contract where I`m unhappy. I`m very free, and I love this feeling. I can do whatever I
Jackson, who was recently spotted with Wissam Al Mana, a man who is nearly ten years her junior, criticises media comments about the age difference.
"It`s horrible. It`s really awful. And I have to believe it was a man that started that. Mother always raised us to believe that age was just a number," Jackson said.