April 5, 2010
Posted: 08:00 PM ET
"People think we were in denial but we weren't. We tried intervention several times. He was very much in denial - he didn't think he had a problem."
When the news first broke that Michael was ill, Jackson said she first heard about it from an assistant while she was home in New York. The last time she saw her brother was about a month before, she said, at a party she had thrown for their parents. "He was thin then, and we knew that he had a problem; we all did," she said.
His death, she told Winfrey, is "hard to believe still to this day. There isn't a day that goes by that I don't think about it - that all of us in the family don't think about it - every single day."
Her brother's passing happened right as Janet Jackson had started production on Tyler Perry's new film, "Why Did I Get Married Too?" and the emotional turmoil she was in comes through in the film, Winfrey said.
"It was very therapeutic," Jackson said of her role.
Tyler Perry, she added, was by her side the entire time, asking her how she wanted to be treated on set, making sure no one had access to images of Jackson crying in character (lest a tabloid run them as evidence of what Jackson was going through at the time), and even changing the ending of the movie, which opens nationwide Friday, for her.
"I changed the ending because at first she was going to speak at the funeral, and the things that she was going to say, it was too eerie," Perry, who also was on the show, told Winfrey. "She didn't want to change it, but I did."
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